It’s time to stay home, save the NHS & protect your loved ones. Sounds pretty easy right? Then again being isolated at home isn’t that simple & it can be quite hard to keep yourself motivated.
Trust me as someone who spends a lot of time at home I totally relate. Cabin fever can set in & knowing that you can’t go out makes it ten times harder.
Anyhow here’s a few steps to keeping yourself motivated whilst isolated at home;
Set a routine that suits you
It’s quite easy to let your regular routine slip whilst being at home so its a good idea to set a new routine that suits you. If you’re working from home you’ll most likely have to commit to your regular working routine but if not make a new one. I am the sort of person who prefers to sleep in & stay up later so I base my routine around that. I just shift my day a little so I can make the most of my day.
Make sure you set an alarm to get up & set yourself a bedtime too. That way you don’t lose time in your day & the days don’t all mush into one.
Get ready for your day
I think this a crucial one to prepare yourself for the day ahead but I’m not here to preach to you. Get ready how it suits you; some people will need to do the full works, others may just need to get dressed & some might just put comfies on. I am definitely the third option, comfy clothes or pjs all the way but I still feel ready for my day.
Do the things that make you feel woken up & prepared for the day ahead. That way the days when you aren’t doing anything will be distinguished from those productive ones.
Create reasonable goals
It appears we all love a to-list & they are fab but if there’s too many things on the list or they aren’t reasonable its not going to help. Give yourself a small amount of tasks & make sure they are ones you can actually achieve.
Don’t overwhelm yourself or make yourself feel bad for not achieving them because that’s just going to end badly. If your goals are reasonable you’ll be surprised how more motivated you’ll be to do them.
Be it working from home or not stay connected to people. Use Skype or Zoom to connect with your colleagues & your loved ones.
You need that social connection to keep you sane & well when working from home it’s great to be able to bounce off each other. Plus if you are used to being in an office type environment it’ll recreate it somewhat.
Make sure to not just talk about isolation & dwell on the bad things but talk about your day. Talk about the good things, or what you’ve been up to & if needed deep dive into those funny memories. Being connected is about perking you up not bringing you both down.
Allow yourself to relax
As much as being motivated is important letting yourself relax is too. Don’t forget to take regular breaks, allow yourself to have scrolling time & make yourself lunch.
Also if you are having a day where you don’t want to do anything allow yourself to pause. We have at least three weeks of isolation so you have time. Down time is fab so go sit on the sofa & watch that reality tv, play animal crossing, read a book or even stay in bed.
Things can wait. Your wellbeing comes first. Remember that!