Losing Motivation During Lockdown?
Updated: Feb 8
What can you do to avoid burnout in this lockdown?
COVID-19 has been a major disrupter to majority of us. Working at home/or just staying home isolating, dealing with other challenges like home-schooling , supermarket queues, limited access to outside, all can have a significant effect on our motivation.
For most of us, this is our third lockdown. Reopening after the second lockdown in November, we had hoped that it was going to be last lockdown for us. After a couple of weeks of working, government announced that we had to close again.
If you go back to the first lockdown last year in March, when we all thought we will use our spare time wisely by learning a new language, expanding our qualifications by doing courses on line, decorating your house, watching Netflix, learning how to bake bread (guilty with the last two). If you were working from home, you save time in travel, get extra time in bed, don't have to get dressed. The fact is that all this is great but novelty wears off. How much Netfix can you watch? How much baking can you do? BAKING =WEIGHT GAIN. When your working from home, your actually doing more hours and your home life and work life becomes the same! You start to feel down and depressed and left feeling very lethargic, right?
This time I feel like it's worse. Most of us have had enough. We just want normality back. The not knowing and the uncertainty gives us stress and anxiety which effects us mentally and physically.
WHY DO YOU FEEL BURNT OUT, EVEN WHEN YOU'RE NOT BUSY?
Our daily life and sense of normality has been taken away from us. We are exhausted in a whole new way. Although you may be less busy, all the other added pressures and worries can leave you feeling anxious, stressed and emotionally exhausted. When feeling overwhelmed, burnt out, it is very easy to feel demotivated.
SO, WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
1) Most importantly, look after your body
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that makes you feel worse.
Eat healthy, well balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly. Try not to drink too much alcohol.
Going for a walk, run or bike ride can really help lift your mood and clear your mind. On YouTube you can also find 10 minute workouts to keep you active. I have started to walk every morning. I have started to keep track of the miles I am walking and trying to increase my walking speed. Every day I'm aiming to walk 5km which is around 3miles. Some days depending on my mood, I will walk 15km. I do feel so much better.
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2) Stay connected with people
Maintaining healthy relationship with people we trust is very important for our mental wellbeing,
There are lots of ways to stay in touch with friends and family when you cannot meet them in person. You can speak to them over the phone or do video calls.
Social media is another way to connect with people. However, it can get very addictive. Make sure you take breaks from your digital devices and switch them off before bed.
We all need to feel connected, so keep in touch, whether it's with people you normally would have seen usually or by reconnecting with old friends.
I have scheduled time to speak to friends and family and that makes me look forward to something during the day. It works for me. You should try and see if it works for you too.
3) Talk about your worries
It is very normal to feel worried, scared or helpless. Share your concerns with others you trust. If you cannot speak to someone you know, there are so many helplines that can help.
NHS recommended helplines > click here
4) Support and help others
Helping someone else can help you as well as them. Look into supporting any local community groups.
5) Do things you enjoy
Feeling worried, anxious or low might stop us doing things we usually enjoy. Focusing on your favourite hobby, relaxing or connecting with others can help with anxious thoughts and feelings.
You can take up hobbies online, alone or with members of your household.
You could also think about trying something new. There are lots of free tutorials and courses online.
6) Focus on the present
Focus on the present, rather than focusing about the future, can help with difficult emotions and improve on wellbeing. Take up yoga or even look up relaxation techniques which which also help dealing with feelings of anxiety.
7) Look after your sleep
Make sure you get quality sleep, at least 8 hours of sleep.
Try to maintain regular sleeping pattern like avoid screens before sleep, cutting back on caffeine and creating a restful environment.