Staying motivated during troubling times

Posted on August 7, 2020 in Uncategorized -

The world is living through very troubling times indeed with coronavirus taking the world by storm, its’ force so unyielding that the whole world has changed the way we go about daily life. The rippling effect of the virus, even on those who are least impacted, has changed how we work, socialise, exercise, travel, holiday, recreate; the list goes on and on. Not surprisingly, maintaining motivation for work, exercise, study or the general daily toil can be challenging during these times and with no clear end in sight, enthusiasm can start to wane.

Whatever is the root of your waning enthusiasm, these tips can help you keep on track.
Re-adjust your 2020 goals

So perhaps you haven’t quite nailed those goals you set as the clock struck midnight and we blindly enter the whirlwind that is 2020 – and that is completely understandable. Whether they are personal goals or work-based goals, make your goals realistic and achievable in context of the current situation the world is facing. Setting some short-term goals as well as longer term goals, will enable you to tick off those smaller achievements, giving you a greater sense of fulfilment.

Share your goals

Sharing your goals with your friends, colleagues or those you trust means you are more likely to be held accountable. If you are comfortable with complete transparency writing your goals down and pinning them up on the fridge or your work desk may increase your motivation further.

Cut yourself some slack

Self-compassion during these testing times has become more important than ever. By treating yourself with care, respect and a gentle attitude, you might find yourself thinking more positively about achieving the goals you have set.

Reward yourself

There is nothing more motivating than a reward; we have been conditioned to this from a very young age. Celebrate the milestones and treat yourself to whatever it is that you love and enjoy. Your personal rewards will help push you along on those tough days.

Surround yourself with like-minded people

Birds of a feather flock together. If you surround yourself with motivated, positive people, the infectious behaviour will spread.

Believe in yourself

As Theodore Roosevelt once said; “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

If you focus on what’s really important to you and the stepping stones that will make those things happen, your levels of motivation will naturally lift. Sometime, however low levels of motivation are a sign of more serious wellness concerns. If you are experiencing constant low mood and your levels of motivation are impacting your daily function, it is important to speak to your doctor about how you are feeling. Your GP may refer you to a Psychologist who can help you work through your feelings with practical advice and a personalised plan to improve your overall health and wellbeing.  To view our team of Clinical Psychologists and their areas of specialisation, visit the Brisbane Psychologists page.

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