How to stay motivated during the pandemic time? here you will find the answer! Actually, we are facing unprecedented hard times. Almost no one can say when we can return to a normal lifestyle. At least that’s what every email from each corporation I’ve ever thought of frequenting has said. Unprecedented times. A time of uncertainty. Of stress, of isolation. As control of what used to be “normal” glide through our over-washed fingertips, it’s alluring to let other things slide through the cracks, as well. I mean, who wants to [ insert tedious task you’ve been putting off for weeks ] during a global pandemic?
While recognizing your limits and refraining from over-tapping your emotional ability during “these times” is pivotal, resolutely searching for the silver linings will play a crucial role in helping you maintain your positive mood, and in turn motivated, for however long this uncertainty lasts. Which is hugely important. Because as the world stands still, the voices that fill the silence will carry—and I, for one, prefer those echoes encourage others so who and what emerges after quarantine is better than how we left it.
This may be much easier said than done. Everyone behaves differently in crises time. Some people cope by baking 10 loaves of banana bread. Others try to find the best use of their time building proper business. The self-motivation pendulum swings in any given direction based on a few factors that may explain why we’re seeing one friend run a marathon on their balcony while contrastingly another has adopted PJs as their new work attire. We have to remember that the crisis will pass undoubtedly and our actual behavior is the mirror of our inner force. One of the best opportunities to find a valuable use for your quarantine time is to explore yourself, reveal your real capacities and preferences, dedicate this time to yourself to the growth of your self-esteem.
Ph.D., behavioral specialist and former psychotherapist to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers Dr. Steven Rosenberg says self-motivation is closely connected to brain chemistry. “The ‘go-getter’ has higher levels of dopamine within the reward and motivation portion of the brain. On the opposite hand, people that typically experience low self-motivation have their dopamine found within the area of the brain related to risk and emotion.”
People whose brains are naturally gifted with a surplus of dopamine within the nucleus accumbens (aka the reward center) are highly motivated because they inherently anticipate a gift will follow their hard efforts. These are the balcony marathoners. Often they’re intrinsically motivated and perform tasks because it matters to them personally, whereas others could also be more motivated extrinsically and execute activity for a selected reward or to avoid penalizing. If you discover yourself relating more to Pajama Sam, this doesn’t mean you’re unable to self-motivating; brain chemistry is literally a bit of the puzzle.
Your life experiences combined with the problem-solving techniques you’ve perfected over time serve as building blocks for the next time you need to propel yourself toward action. In more layman’s terms, motivation is not a feeling; it’s a habit. And there are a few ways to strengthen that habit successfully. Firstly we need to build the right habits and then these habits will build us.
According to the self-determination idea, people are motivated to grow and change when their needs for competence, autonomy, and connection are met. Do you have a sense of mastery and have the skills for success in your field (competence)? Do you feel in control of your behaviors and believe you can take direct action that would spark change (autonomy)? Have you developed close relationships and have a sense of belonging, in and/or outside of work (connection)?
When looking at these three basic needs, it’s no wonder why people feel a lack of motivation during this pandemic. Our connection is physically limited; our ability to directly help others feels impeded. For those whose companies may be at risk, their competence may be tested. Quite frankly, looking at the picture with such a wide lens is overwhelming. How do the balcony marathoners do it??
By breaking things into manageable chunks. The smaller the better.
Dr. Rosenberg believes the best approach to fortify motivation is to set goals. “Achieving those goals allows you to cross off a checklist and gives you a sense of accomplishment.” Or competency, if you will. He advises people to focus on one thing at a time, setting new goals by small, tangible increments to build motivation to reach the next. Maybe for you, that’s to write just the mission statement of your new business. Or send an email to one company you’d like to collaborate with in the future.
“It can help to approach competence from a curious or observing perspective, as opposed to an ‘I have to do this’ mentality,” says Dr. McDonagh. “This also increases autonomy because it is putting yourself back at the center instead of an externally motivated approach.”
You can set similar small goals to fulfill the opposite basic needs in your life as well—as we discover ourselves performing from home, work-life balance should more accurately be deemed work-life integration. It’s not easy to motivate your work self once you don’t feel wholly up to the task. to spice up feelings of autonomy, send a card to someone self-isolating alone, or donate to a charity in need of support to recollect the positive impact your actions can generate. Schedule a daily phone or video calls together with your closest friends to make sure you’re connecting with others. By an equivalent token, eat your veggies, sleep eight hours, and meet your body’s basic health needs during these emotionally charged times. Yet perhaps most significantly, be compassionate with yourself and realistically build expectations of what your own productivity will appear as if during the quarantine.
I have an autoimmune and take an immunosuppressant that puts me at high-risk for viral infections like COVID-19 and must take extra precautions the moment I step outside of my apartment. But the other day I just forgot. I realized hours after doing laundry in our communal machines that I hadn’t wiped them down beforehand, and I couldn’t for the life of me remember if I washed my hands afterward. What had I touched? Was I overreacting? Did that matter? I was so distracted that I stopped what I was doing (this article) and Clorox-wiped my entire apartment.
These are unprecedented times. It’s important to recognize productivity in the midst of a pandemic is a luxury, not a necessity. Respecting when you need a little room to breathe without an agenda is the best practice of self-care to adopt both now and moving forward.
If you thought the key to staying motivated during this pandemic time was getting to be an inventory of action items like taking note of your favorite inspirational podcast, prepare and dress such as you were getting to the office, yoga thrice weekly, I’m afraid you’re getting to be disappointed. an inventory like that isn’t… unprecedented. (Apart from anyone advising me to prevent wearing my sweatpants.) immediately is our opportunity to require a stock of our lives and think twice about what we would like to bring alongside us post COVID-19. for several folks, it’s the primary opportunity of a blank slate we’ve entered fully self-aware. Sure, it’s overwhelming. But it’s also unmarked altogether of its uncertainty. Who knows, it might be filled with promise.