Feeling unmotivated during lockdown

Are you feeling fed up?  Feeling a lack of motivation?  Has the novelty of being at home started to wear off for you?  Does any of this sound familiar? We’re in the middle a world health crisis and yes it can be difficult to get motivated, that’s ok!

A lot of people I’ve spoken to this week are finding this week in particular difficult for a variety of reasons.   The bad weather doesn’t help, people are missing meeting up with friends and family and having that face to face connection. Some are feeling frustrated with the lockdown and the thoughts that restrictions may not be lifted yet.  One of my clients reported feeling like it’s groundhog day and the days are rolling in to one another.

There is no doubt that this time is very challenging and uncertain for us all.  It’s not easy to remain motivated every day.  An important motivator many are struggling with right now is the need to find a meaning and purpose in their lives as they are right now. As Viktor Frankl says, ‘Those who have a why can bear with almost any how’.  Maybe your meaning and purpose has changed.  Without this clear purpose, it’s very easy to lose motivation.  So ask yourself what is your purpose right now?  What are your priorities during this crisis?

I have developed a few tips which may help you when you are lacking motivation.

  1. Create a realistic schedule

Remember we are in the midst of a crisis.  It is normal to have ups and downs, good days and bad days so creating a schedule that is realistic and not too rigid is important.  Try to include things that give you energy and don’t forget to include breaks throughout the day.

  1. Be realistic with your expectations

Set your own pace and remember that this pace is different for everyone, be kind to yourself.  Some days you will feel more motivated than others and that’s ok!

  1. Stay Connected

Different people in your life can offer you the range of support you need, this could be a friend, family member, networking group or a colleague.  Being at home can be isolating if you don’t stay connected so keeping in regular contact with your support network is important.

  1. Practice self-care

When going through stressful times, the single most important thing you can do is practice self-care. What works for you?  For me, it has definitely been my morning walks but this is different for everyone.  What does self-care mean for you?

  1. Be careful what you focus on

Limit news and social media consumption as too much of this can be very draining, set a daily limit for yourself.

 

So if you are feeling a lack of motivation, remember that feeling this way is natural.  It’s normal to feel a whole range of emotions right now.  Some days you’ll be more motivated than others and that’s ok.  Just be kind to yourself, allow yourself to have off moments and pay attention to all that you are achieving right now!

 

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