As Albertans enter week 5 of Covid-19 self-isolation and government mandated closures, our motivation might be waning… this is an incredibly tough situation, there is no way around it.
It’s OK to be sad, scared and unmotivated, feelings are important and expressing your feelings is even more so. However, we can continue to move forward, stay strong and manage our attitude during this challenging time.
The Power of Positivity: It’s easy to let negative thoughts creep in. One tip might be to keep repeating positive thoughts over and over until you truly believe them.
• Instead of, “I have to stay home,” think, “I’m staying home to save lives.” Or even, “I get to stay home.”
• Instead of, “I don’t have the freedom to do some of the things I want to do,” think, “I am thankful for everything I can do.”
• Instead of, “I’m out of routine and everything has changed,” think, “Here’s my chance to find a new way to challenge myself.”
Though you may feel that it is easy to say ‘stay motivated’ but very difficult to implement in practicality, you CAN stay positive no matter how challenging the situation is.
Staying motivated: Yup, it is a whole bunch of you crawling out of the hole you may be in, but it’s so worth it!
1: Refresh Your Mind
Staying healthy doesn’t only mean physical fitness. To stay healthy mentally is equally, if not more important. Try to move your focus away the points of stress. Listen to your favorite music; go for a walk; remember happy memories… in simple words, do whatever you can do to relax your mind!
2: Keep Your Health on Top Priority
‘Health is wealth’, no matter who you are, where you are, and what you are doing, keep your health on top of your priority list. Staying healthy will help keep your motivation high. Eat a balanced diet, do some sort of physical activity, get proper rest/sleep to keep your mind and body working efficiently.
3: Keep Your Approach Optimistic
Having a positive approach is itself an act of motivation. Learn to appreciate yourself; focus on the positive. Read inspiring quotes, motivational stories, talk to those people around you who also have an optimistic approach.
4: Talk to someone
It is important to seek advice from those you respect, i.e., your friends, family, colleagues. You will feel more relaxed if you have a good listener to lean on, hash out your thoughts and problems and ask their advice.
5. Take control over what you can and stop worrying about what you can’t. Some things are within your control, while other things are not. Learn to recognize the difference. Refuse to worry about circumstances beyond your control. Don’t allow yourself to become so emotionally entangled that it paralyzes your progress. Things may not always work out perfectly, but the sooner you get over them, the quicker you move on. Only you can control your own actions and reactions.
6: Plan Planning is a requirement for each and every aspect of your life. Improper planning creates chaos and tense situations, creating more stress. Learn to prioritize your work depending on its urgency. When you make a plan, you think of the whole process from start to finish; therefore, you can come up with new ideas and strategies and know exactly what you need to accomplish.
8: Analyze Your Performance
Learn from your mistakes, avoid repeating them again, and adapt ways to improve.
9: Cherish Happy Moments. No matter how small they are, cherish each and every moment of bliss.
10: Remind Yourself Your Achievements and about how AWESOME you are!
Whenever you feel sad, exhausted, and demoralized, remind of yourself of your achievements. You are AMAZING! This will create a positive impact on your psychology. Remind yourself, ‘I can do it’. You will feel a new energy!
An infectious, positive attitude can shift your entire life. Infusing your mind with positive thoughts will help you produce more positive and help you stay motivated. No matter what the day brings, don’t forget that each new morning brings a new opportunity to get it right.
Stay fit, Stay Strong, & Stay Connected Friends :D