Welcome to our new standard. The time in our lives that last year we did not see in the coming that most of us probably would not have chosen for ourselves; but we are here. As the days away from each other continue and the worst news gets to us, it is easy to lose your motivation and waste your energy by doing useless things like worrying and fighting people online.
About half of Americans report that the coronavirus problem is affecting their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While most of us had habits designed to deal with stress in the past, the pressure we are experiencing now is not the same as anything we have experienced before. It is easy to become downhearted, and that is a challenge that is worth the effort. If so, keep it simple and start reaching small things to help you feel better and up your way out.
Here are a few simple tips to help you get started.
- Find someone who was in the same place and came to the other side
Even if you have not been encouraged to exercise, eat healthy, make phone calls or do anything else, you can find someone who has been there and come to the other side. Check out the great TED talks, go to YouTube and look for people who inspire you, send them to google to find their websites. There are short speeches and very long speeches across the internet, you just need to find a relative who talks to you.
- Do what you love
When left unmanaged, they can be left astray and lose the right path. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the TV sounds like a chore. Think back to the time when you felt great – what did you do? What do you really want to do if you had the time, would you do it all day and not realize that there is no time at all?
Find out how to do any of that, or its modified version if it’s something you can’t do right now. Spending time doing what you love will clear your mind of anything wrong and allow you to find inspiration.
“If something is important enough, even if the chances of it being put in a goal against it, you should do it.” – Elon Musk
- Don’t overdo it
Keep it simple. When we get stuck in a rut, we will give ourselves all the excuses to do something. It says you gained some weight; you may tell yourself that you need to find a perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your food from scratch each night before doing anything else. Stop trying to push it too hard and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, no matter how small. You don’t have to wait until the time is up and the stars guide you to start moving where you want to go.
- Get up and move
This is probably the last thing you want to do now, but once you get up and move, your blood will start to flow. The hardest part is getting started. The first day, get up and do anything to move. This is a very difficult day if you are not on time because getting up is the hardest part. The second day, do more. Once you’ve started, you’ll build momentum and get back to normal.
- Reset your focus
It’s so easy to worry to set up and for our minds to wander in areas of what we can’t control. This is neither encouraging nor helpful and we always have the option to direct our attention. There is always something we can do where we are, so bring your focus on the solution instead of the problem and get the next step of what you can do.
One step at a time. The first step is to focus on what you can control and what you can do. Step two, ask yourself questions such as “What can I do?” then see what comes to mind. Follow the answers you received.
- Listen to your favorite music
There’s not much that can motivate us and put us in a better vibration than the music we love. Feel free to sing once. Find a song in the pump and make it your theme song. Put it on whenever you feel down or discouraged.
- Expand your knowledge
“In times of change, students will inherit the Earth, and students will find themselves better equipped to deal with the world that has passed away.” Quotes from Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is a great loss but there is also a good chance. Continuous learning opens up new opportunities and leads you on paths that you may not otherwise have discovered.
“Work like someone works twenty-four hours a day to get rid of you.” – Mark Cuban
If you have already meditated and moved away from it, take the time to return to it. If you have never tried it, it can be as simple as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with a minute or two) and focus on your breathing. Listen to the smell and smell of the air. Silence in you “in” as you inhale and “exit” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to relax and allow your mind to dwell on the rest.
When left unmanaged, they can be left astray and lose the right path. Reduce that pressure by trying one of the above ideas. Once you have reduced the pressure, make sure you are on the right track and you will be on your way.
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