Many people are facing depression, stress during these harsh pandemic times. Keeping yourself motivated and productive during bleak times like a pandemic is, no doubt, a challenge. Nonetheless, with the COVID-19 pandemic still carrying out its second year, and then returning to normal life still at a distance, we need to find ways to get ourselves mentally through these trying times.
We asked the experts, and here are their top pieces of advice on how you can keep yourself motivated in the time of the pandemic.
Everyone has at least 5 things for which they are grateful. It can be your health, your comfy bed, cooking a good meal, a friend, or a pet. Waking up and thinking about these things helps set the day right. Then when things go sideways, return to thinking about your gratitude list for the day. You have the power to choose your thoughts, and that will help determine your actions.
I chose to garden in the pandemic. It was most surprising to discover I grew peace while growing food. Eating the food I grew also had benefits. I was eating healthier, and the love I put into my plants returned back to me.
When you are struggling, it is because things are not flowing. Find the path of least resistance, and even if you don’t like it, accept. There may be a reason things need to be different. And when you are in that flow, you’ll know it because there is no better feeling.
These tools will also help build patience which is what we all need to ride out the rest of this pandemic.
Ja-ne de Abreu, author Ja-ne.com
I’ve spent the time in this pandemic doing one surprising home project that helped me keep my “inner peace,” so to say, and got me going through the day—and that is gardening and plant upkeep. By having one leisure project to fill in your days, you are distancing yourself from thinking about and getting seriously affected by the bad news we are hearing about the pandemic.
Instead, you have something nice and productive to look forward to working on the next day. In fact, doing this benefits you as this helps in stabilizing your mental and emotional health.
Jay Whitacre, Chief Scientist, and Founder, Aquion Energy
In these situations where all around the world people are getting affected. My greatest motivation during this pandemic is trusting in God, that there is wisdom for everything and that those who trust in Him will be guided. Baha’u’llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith, has revealed the following prayer for trusting God, which I recite every day, 19 times; “He who puts his trust in God, God will suffice him. He who fears God, God will send him relief.” Praying so greatly relieves me.
Nothing is permanent; everything in this world follows the law of change, all things must pass and change, life is full of temporary detours, and vicissitudes, etc., may change your views and perceptions on this pandemic. A day will come when even the yellow river becomes clear; the wheel of fortune must turn in our favor. That person who understands the temporariness of all things, waits, stays prepared, never stops trying and exploring, and never loses hope will be the winner.
This is a difficult time to survive physically, mentally as well as financially. I will suggest all of you, please drink hot water or look for warm water daily, 3 to 4 liters per day. Make small changes to your meal like avoiding eating junk food and avoiding eating heavy food at night, trying to wake up early and exercise regularly, trying to have dinner before 7.30, and sleeping at 10 pm. With such healthy habits, you will be able to increase immunity as well as a healthy lifestyle.
Sally Stevens, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist RDN, an entrepreneur, and Co-founder of FastPeopleSearch.io.
We are living in a time when many people- especially young people- have lost their ability to dream. The best way to make certain that you are satisfied and productive in life is to check in with yourself periodically to identify what you are most passionate about.
In my Mental Massage: Mindfulness For Wellness workshops and in my individual coaching, the key piece of advice I share is this:
There is no stopping you as you are motivated to move closer to your goal, step-by-step. It is a simple- yet powerful and effective- way to keep yourself motivated, no matter the obstacles.
Tom Ingrassia, Founder & President The MotivAct Group and Tom Ingrassia Productions Author of the award-winning “One Door Closes: Overcoming Adversity By Following Your Dreams” (currently being adapted as a documentary film), and the award-winning “Reflections Of A Love Supreme: Motown Through The Eyes Of Fans” and the Host of “The Motown Jukebox”.
While the pandemic can often feel like a dreary cloud hanging above our heads, it's important that we remind ourselves that this way of living isn't permanent and that life goes on regardless. Whether that involves taking up a new hobby, upskilling at work, or simply reconnecting with old friends, we need to look beyond the current times and focus on the bigger picture — particularly things that bring us joy and help our growth.
Acceptance plays a huge role here because it helps us realize that while the pandemic may be a part of our lives, it doesn't govern every other facet.
Krista Haws, Owner Dripped Coffee
One big thing that you can do to stay motivated is to make a schedule. Think about it, you had a schedule before the pandemic, and it's now disrupted. Coming up with a daily schedule and sticking to it is one huge way to stay productive.
You can get a little creative with it, but it should be something that is realistic. You should block off time to work, just like you would if you went into the office. Schedule short breaks and lunch, and clock out at the end of the day.
You can also set up a reward system to motivate yourself to reach your goals. Finish those emails? Great! Reward yourself by doing something small for yourself. It could be something as simple as watching your favorite videos for 10 minutes or listening to a few of your favorite songs. Having something to look forward to as you work makes it easier to stick to a schedule.
Jen Stark, the Founder of Happy DIY Home