The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. It has made our life more stressful and drained of all energy. Amid the crisis, most of us are forcing ourselves to get up, work from home, and do our everyday chores, all while lacking motivation.
How do you fight demotivation during a pandemic? Ms. Sarla Totla, a therapist and counselor, recently posted some tips on Instagram.
- As you plan the day, divide it into two-three hour slots and delegate them to attainable tasks or goals. It will improve efficiency and concentration.
- Avoid multitasking by focusing on one task at a time, using a checklist, closing several tabs, putting computers away, and keeping the work area separate.
- Taking time-outs that allow you to disconnect, even for a few minutes, is essential amid all the activities. Focus on any activity that relaxes and rejuvenates you, especially away from digital devices.
- Be willing to share your feelings about work, mental health, or distress with friends, family, and colleagues. Recognize that others are going through the same and allow for empathy and compassion.
- It is normal for us to end the day with a range of thoughts and feelings. As a result, we must take steps to center and relax our minds in preparation for a restful sleep, through activities such as guided meditation, reading, and deep breathing exercises.
“It is okay if it feels hard to follow the old routine. Be kind and gentle with yourself,” the therapist concluded.