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Beat the Lockdown Lows: 6 Tips to Stay Motivated When You’re Stuck at Home

on Fri, Apr 10, 20

It’s fair to say that if we weren’t already there, we’re now all struggling with motivation given the current lockdown. None of us are really sure what’s going to happen over the next few weeks, and while many are making the most of this free time by taking up new hobbies, spring cleaning and so on, a lot of us are finding it difficult to get up the motivation for pretty much anything. At the same time, it’s likely that this complete lack of productivity that results from it will be having a negative impact on our mental health too. So what can be done to keep that motivation going? We’ve put together six top tips to hopefully make the next few weeks pass a bit quicker.

1.Plan Out Your Day

Organising a day of - well, nothing, may seem a bit pointless, but actually, it will help you make the most of your free time and motivate you to get things done. If you’re working from home, naturally, that will take up a big chunk of it, but think about what you can do when you finish work. Are you going to call a mate? Perhaps do a workout? If you’ve got any odd jobs to do or life admin to sort out, maybe now is the time to pencil that in. Even on a day when you’re not working, roughly mapping out what you’re doing in terms of activities and tasks is sure to get you feeling motivated in no time.

2. Get Up and Dressed

It can be tempting in the current situation to stay in bed or sit around in lounge pants and a grubby t-shirt, especially if you don’t have anything else to do! However, making the effort to actually get up, have a shower, and get dressed will help you establish a bit more normality and may even spur you on to get stuff done. Even if you just change out of one pair of lounge pants to another, freshening up is a great way to clear your head and crack on with things.

3. Keep to a Routine

Of course when your normal routine has been completely thrown off, trying to get it back on track will be stupidly difficult. However, trying to stick to your usual routine as much as you can will help make things feel just that bit more normal. Get up at your usual time, start and finish work when you usually do, and go to bed at the same time too. Do your usual everyday tasks like eating breakfast, walking the dog and your daily workout as you would on any normal day and make sure you set aside some down time afterwards, whether it’s with an hour on your PS4 or by FaceTiming a mate while you have a beer.

4. Check in with Friends and Family

It’s a tough time for us all right now, and the uncertainty and stress of the situation will be having an impact on our mental health. That’s why in addition to looking after our own wellbeing, it’s important to look out for our loved ones too. Arrange a video chat or even just a phone call with your mates and your family members to check in. Talking will be sure to give you both a well needed boost, and to someone who’s struggling, reaching out to them might be just what they needed as well as you.

5. Get Some Exercise

It’s important to keep active at the moment, particularly with such a stressful time. In addition, if you’re a regular down at the gym, being able to keep up with your fitness routine will again allow you to establish a bit more normality. We’re not saying to get outside and smash a ten 10k run every day, but making use of the time we’re allowed to get out and exercise will do you the world of good. Even just a gentle jog or brisk walk will still do the trick. Getting some fresh air will not only clear your head but it will also get those endorphins pumping and give your mood a well needed boost. Of course just make sure you stick to the social distancing guidelines currently in place.

6. Go Easy on Yourself

One final thing to remember is that while we can give you all the motivation tips til we’re blue in the face, sometimes it just won’t be there no matter how hard you try. But that’s okay. These are difficult times for all of us and while keeping busy and productive is one way to help get us through it, that might not be the case for everyone. That’s why it’s important not to be too hard on yourself if you do end up doing nothing all day. Once in a while, a day of doing nothing can actually make us feel better, and let’s be honest, how often do we get the opportunity?!

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Written by Amy Jackson - 8th April 2020

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