Motivation keeps you going even when you feel like giving up or when you struggle to get to work. Even during the ‘normal’ times before the pandemic, it sometimes becomes hard to stay motivated. We all have those days we feel like our energy levels might not take us through the week. Today, we shelter in a bid to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and it has never been harder to get motivated. In addition, most people are in the house dealing with situations that make it tough to get through the day.
For us parents with kids and have to work from home, it gets more challenging by the day. I have to make sure they come down to eat real food, clean up, and take a break from their devices with my two teenagers. Working out is another story as they demoralize you with their hormone-driven attitude to giving up. There are battles daily, and there are days when I am not motivated to do any of it. Close to breaking point with zero energy to do anything.
To deal with this, here are a few tips to help you out:
- Structure your day nicely. To kick start a productive mindset, add structure to your day. Wake up as you would while going to work and change out your pajamas. Do some stretches or slip in your workout gear and work out. Take a shower, then change to some formal wear and start working.
- Eat healthy and stay hydrated. Staying at home means not working out as you would when going to the office. Steer away from junk foods and get some more greens and vegetables. These help you maintain a healthy weight and positively impact your immune system.
- Get enough sleep. It might sound like an obvious thing, especially when confined at home, but it’s not. Getting ample sleep ensures you don’t wake up feeling fatigued every morning, which keeps you motivated. It also helps with your mood, focus, and energy throughout the day.
- With my teenagers, this means staying glued to their devices. You get them from their phones, and they swing to their gaming stations. You switch that off, they switch to the TV, and you feel like giving up. To socialize, FaceTime with friends, zoom with colleagues, or do the old school phone call. Connect with others regularly. Reach out to your friends and find out how they are doing and vent. This keeps your emotional health in check.
Get a day to let it all go. Switch to neutral mode and let everything flow. Let the kids wake up at noon and have some sugary treats for breakfast and lunch. Stay glued to the TV or online and let your kids warm and cuddle with their devices. Don’t kill yourself with everything every day. Tomorrow, add some structure to your day and theirs as well. The pandemic and the tough times will pass and be a thing of the past soon. Just hold on and try to be okay for now.