How to Stay Motivated During Lockdown 3.0

Does anyone else feel like lockdown 3.0 is hitting harder than the first two? I’m having to find new ways to stay motivated so I’m not in a constant rut. I don’t know if it’s because we’re used to it now, because it’s so cold outside, or probably a mixture of a lot of reasons. I for one feel like my life is on pause and that the world has stopped turning for the last 3 weeks.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m enjoying who I’m with and the things that I’m getting up to, but I feel like it’s hard to stay motivated about the future when everyday is the same. So, here I’m going to give you my go-to’s on staying motivated during lockdown.

Routine is Key

When looking back on the first national lockdown and how I felt motivated everyday, I usually think about how I was taking my final year exams for my undergraduate degree. I had a huge poster of how I was going to manage my time studying. Something like this, whether it be a poster, diary or calendar can help you visualise each day and with the situation changing so often, having this consistency will make lockdown feel more manageable.

Trying to keep to a similar routine to the one you had before lockdown such as eating, sleeping and exercising will help your body function better. I’m not going to lie, I was never big on exercising, but as long as I leave the house for a quick walk every now and then I feel like I’ve at least accomplished something.

Learn New (or Rediscover) Habits

Now that we have more time you can take on a new hobby or rediscover something you used to love doing. In the first lockdown I started painting and noticed I’d be doing a piece and hours would have passed. The best thing about finding a hobby for me was that I wouldn’t touch my phone for hours because I was so absorbed in painting.

My new habit for lockdown 3.0 and the future is blog writing. Having something new to try out can help you stay motivated as you are engaging in something you enjoy.

Being creative can be relaxing, which is great when you’re stressed about work or the outside world.

Stop Overthinking the Future

Okay, this is a BIG thing that I have to overcome on a daily basis. This can be both about what the world will be like post-lockdown and what the future holds for you personally. You can’t control everything that the future holds, so try living in the moment and doing what you can for the life you want to live.

For me, I tend to overthink my professional life all the time. As a soon to be graduate, I hear about the struggles of 2020 graduates in the job market. But, we need to remember everyone is in the same boat and that we just have to take it as it comes.

Finger’s crossed post-lockdown life lasts this time around and we won’t have to experience lockdown 4.0.

The World (Wide Web) is your Oyster

See what I did there. We may not be able to travel the world and discover all of it’s glories, but there’s nothing stopping us from utilising the internet.

I’ve taken each lockdown as an opportunity to learn new things, whether this be through online courses, podcasts, my degree and much more. I recently changed paths by graduating from a Maths degree and starting a master’s degree in Media and Public Relations. So, I’ve found using online courses to learn extra things associated with my masters will help advance my knowledge. Of course you don’t have to stick to this, you could learn something completely random that you’ve always been interested in.

Another way to utilise the internet is by staying connected. I know what you’re thinking, you’re fed up with zoom calls, as am I. But that doesn’t mean you should stop using it to keep in touch with your friends and family. If you’re looking for something new to spice up the weekend party calls then try out Backyard.co – it has lots of fun games incorporated into a zoom-like call. Staying connected will help keep you motivated throughout lockdown so you can see everyone when it finally ends.

Recently, I joined a Facebook group for people working (or studying) in PR and Marketing and it’s helped me feel apart of the community. Engaging in conversations and discussions about anything and everything is allowing me to learn things from professionals but also enabling my voice to be heard. If you’re looking to enhance your network then I highly recommend following some like-minded people on Twitter – there are some great discussions on there during lockdown!

Disclaimer: Not the best idea to spend all of your time online, as I said focus on living in the moment. But use it when you think it will help with your goals and motivation.

Finally…

I bet you’ve compared yourself to someone and everything they’ve “achieved” during the lockdowns. Try not to do this. Everyone is handling the pandemic in their own way. Each individual is different, so take the lockdown as it comes and live it the best possible way for you.

What motivates you may be the complete opposite of someone else, it may even be the complete opposite of me (hopefully I’ve helped you realise what does motivate you though). We all have good and bad days, I know I’ve had a few bad ones recently, if you find yourself having a bad day then try to think of each day as a fresh start and work on discovering what’s best for you.

Let me know what is keeping you motivated throughout lockdown in the comments below or by emailing sophsnextstep@gmail.com

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