by LOUISE LIDDIARD-SMITH
Here are five quick tips
Many of us have now been self-isolating for over a month and – although some COVID-19 restrictions are easing – we will likely be living with this situation for an extended period.
So, how do we access the ANZAC spirit characteristic of endurance to keep our motivation up during the long haul? Mark Albrecht, life coach at Veteran’s Care Association, has five tips to help get you through.
1. STICK TO A SCHEDULE
Without the routines of commuting, school pick up and social engagements we can feel unfocused and lost. Mark says the key is creating your own schedule and sticking to it.
“We need to have those rituals to start and end each day, to remained disciplined and remain focused. There’s one thing we and our families need right now, and it’s some certainty,” says Mark.
By bringing routine to your daily life we can create a sense of certainty during uncertain times.
2. ZONE YOUR HOME
Trying to work, live, parent, sleep and exercise in the same spaces creates a sense of chaos and makes it difficult to stay focused and motivated. Mark recommends creating different zones in your home for different activities.
3. KNOW HOW MUCH NEWS IS TOO MUCH
Staying informed is important – especially with health advice and restriction updates changing quickly. However, consuming too much news can be detrimental to your mental health.
“If you’re just sitting at home and overdosing on news it’s going to be very hard to stay motivated because it’s so negative,” says Mark.
“I’d be watching enough news that you are aware of what’s going on in the world and aware of what’s required of you, but no more than that.”
4. TRY TO LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE
Although this is a stressful and difficult time, there may be some positives that can help you stay motivated. Mark recommends asking yourself “What’s that one thing that I’ve never had the time to do that I now potentially could follow through on?”
You might find you have the time to dedicate to a creative project that will help you take your mind off the current situation and give you something positive to focus on.
5. KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
If you do set yourself a goal during this time, you can use your social media networks to help you stay accountable. Mark recommends posting about your intentions online so friends and family can check in and keep you on target.