Motivation Amidst COVID-19

By: Rachel Carpenter

Ever deal with completely unforeseen circumstances that you feel have just put your life on total pause, and everything feels completely out of your control? Were you scared about what the future looks like, worried about how this could hurt others around you, or stressed about how you can make it through this financially? I think we all have felt this stream of emotions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

 

This has been a trying time for our country. It’s really easy to lose our motivation when the headlines just seem to be getting worse and worse. But motivation is important! It shows us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and despite how bad things are, there is something to smile about  every single day. Here are a few tips to keep yourself motivated- even amidst the coronavirus. 

 

Limit News Exposure to What is Necessary for You

  • Watching the news and being informed of what’s going on is very important. It’s good to stay up to date on current events and to understand how this will affect you, your community, your state, and your nation. But not limiting your news exposure can leave you feeling glued to the television or laptop screen. It can make you feel as though everything is hopeless and that there is no point in staying motivated. It keeps you focused on how bad COVID-19 is, all day, and leaves you no time to focus on the good things that still exist in your life. Planting flowers in your garden, cooking a new dish or reading a good book are all quarantine activities that can distract you from the negativity of the situation. 

 

Invest in Your Career

  • There are so many ways that you, as a young professional or student in your field, can work to get better, even while at home. Practicing a new skill or getting into professional education courses can be a great way to spend your time, while being motivated for what you want to achieve in the future. Maybe you can’t work right now or maybe clients have slowed down considerably- this is no reason to feel discouraged. Understand that one day we will come out of this and developing yourself now will make for a much better tomorrow. 

 

Talk to Others

  • In a time in our lives where touch has become a no-no, talk is still so necessary. Whether it be getting more intentional with calling or texting those that you care about, talking to a counselor to discuss the things that are impacting your mental health through the pandemic, or sending snail mail as a sweet gesture, communicating with others is so important to our staying motivated. Often our friends, family, and co-workers have had this same stream of negative feelings. We have all had those sleepless nights, thinking about how our lives will never be the same. Don’t feel alone! Talking to others will remind you that what you feel is normal- and we need normalcy now more than ever.

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