9 April 2020
Staying Motivated & Positive
As we all know, just in a couple of months, the world as changed drastically & as I've mentioned before & will continue to say, please stay on top of the latest Government advice in your country, stay safe & look after yourself! Whether you're lucky enough to have a profession which allows you to work from home, you're self-isolated or you're in a national lockdown as we are here in New Zealand, I wanted to share some ideas on how to stay positive & motivated in such a stressful & worrisome time.
Carry Out Your Morning Routine
Continuing with my morning routine has been a sense of 'normality' in my world of uncertainty at the moment. It's become a really strong form of self care. Something that also isn't essential but always makes me feel a bit better is when I do my hair & makeup. It would be very easy to just stay in your PJs all day, messy hair & no makeup & while that's okay if that's what works for you but it just makes me feel like a have my shit together when the majority of the time I don't.
Have An Office Space
Not everyone is going to have the perfect office space within their home but if it's possible find somewhere to set & work that isn't your bed or your sofa. It could even be a dressing table or a corner of the dinning table. I find it really helps increase productivity & minimise distractions. Even if you aren't working from home, it's not a bad idea to have a space where you can get all those admin tasks done & crossed off your task list.
Get Creative In The Kitchen
Now, if you're in lockdown as I am at the moment, I know it will be hard to get to supermarkets but this is the perfect opportunity to try new recipes with what you already have readily available in your cupboards! Baking your favourite treats or you favourite home cooked meal is not only a great way to kill time but release some of those creative juices as well! I'll definitely be spending a whole lot of my time cooking up a storm in my kitchen!
Give Time To Your Personal Projects
Lockdown or not, even if you're working from home, you'll have no commute & a lunchtime in your own space so you'll have a bit of extra time in your day to do things that are important to you. That time could be put towards reading a book you've always wanted to or to learn a new skill.
Comparing your problems to those of others can feel unhelpful at times but in times of worry & stress, gratitude can be a great way to help you look forward. There are people losing their lives, loved ones & businesses right now, so if you're not one of those people in that position, be thankful for what you do have.
While sticking to your Governments guidelines, you could go for a small walk or run. Or, there are plenty of workout & yoga videos on YouTube you can do from your living room. Whilst it still isn't going to feel like same as going out, attending your gym & socialising, it's better than nothing at all.
Share you ideas & tips for stay motivated & positive below!