Looking for ways to stay motivated during COVID? Today on the blog, I’m sharing five ways I’m coping with the pandemic. I hope my tips can help you find encouragement during this challenging time!
How are you doing? It’s been a challenging year, to say the least, but I’ve been hanging in there and doing my best to stay motivated during COVID. I’m not gonna lie— on Sunday, when I heard about the new COVID-19 restrictions for Michigan, I felt sad about it. I was hopeful things were going to get better, but unfortunately, Michigan’s coronavirus cases are on the rise.
When I woke up on Monday morning, I didn’t feel like doing much because I felt down about the pandemic. Despite having a long list of things to do and homeschool lessons to teach, I just wanted to pull the covers over my head and sleep a little bit longer. But after I thought about it, I decided to motivate myself to get started with the day. I told myself, “Nope! We’re going to push through this and find joy in TODAY!”
I reminded myself, the kids are counting on me and there is still a lot to be thankful for in our lives. After showering, I put on a cute outfit and my favorite fall boots. I decided even if I wasn’t going anywhere but to the mailbox, I was still going to do my damn best to make my own joy every day.
And you know what? It felt good to do something nice for myself. It really lifted my spirits. I know that can also be easier said than done because there are some days that feel a little harder than others. But I am going to do my best with staying positive and coping during the pandemic.
I think what’s important right now is we focus on our families and loved ones. We need to take good care of each other and that includes our mental health.
The CDC shared healthy ways we can cope with stress during this trying time, especially during the holiday season. If you’re needing tips on how to plan for holiday celebrations during the pandemic, check out the CDC’s Holiday Celebration guide here. The guide includes tips on how to slow the spread of COVID-19, how to prepare for attending a gathering someone else is hosting, travel and overnight stays, and more.
FIVE WAYS TO STAY MOTIVATED DURING COVID
Is there anything you’re doing to stay motivated and keep your spirits up? Here are a few ways I’m finding encouragement during this time.
1. CONTINUE TO FOLLOW A DAILY ROUTINE.
Monday through Friday we follow a flexible schedule. We keep up with the regular house chores (laundry, dishes, etc.) I create our weekly meal menus and grocery lists. We work on homeschool lessons and take time to play outside when the weather is nice. I even make it a point to make my bed every day. It seems small, but it really does make a difference in your day.
On the weekends, we enjoy sleeping in and (sometimes) lounging around in our pajamas. Maintaining a consistent schedule has helped us stay on track. Of course, not every week goes according to our routine. Sometimes we have a challenging day, but we try our best to keep our regular schedule.
2. GET (ALMOST) DRESSED DAILY.
When we first started sheltering-in-place, I would wear lounge clothes almost every day. (Just keepin’ it real!) It seemed pointless to put on regular clothes if we weren’t going anywhere. Soon, though, I started to feel less motivated and a little down.
So I made it a point to get dressed on the weekdays and reserve the weekends for my comfy sweatpants. It really does help! I noticed a great shift in my mood and it has motivated me to stay productive.
3. FIND JOY IN EACH DAY.
Each day we are given is a blessing. I try my hardest to find something small that brings me joy. Holding Zaya and making her smile, playing games with the kids, emailing friends– all of these things bring me great joy. In this article featured on Oprah’s magazine site, writer Michelle Darrisaw offers 14 Tips on how to be happier in your life.
4. ENJOY FAVORITE INDOOR ACTIVITIES.
Surprisingly, I haven’t been watching a lot of TV. Instead, I’ve been reading more books, listening to music, and journaling. I’ve even started a few home decor projects like creating a family photo gallery wall and redecorating the kids’ bedroom.
Is there a home project that you’ve been putting off for a long time? Now would be a nice opportunity to start working on it. Maybe you’ve been wanting to read more books or better yet– start writing a book. Finding healthy indoor activities is a great way to stay productive.
5. DISCOVER NEW HOBBIES.
A few new hobbies I have discovered are: listening to audiobooks (I’m obsessed now!), doing word search puzzles, and making DIY crafts. Before the pandemic, I wasn’t really a crafty person. But once we started staying home more, I started doing more crafts. The kids really love it, too.
I have found crafting to be a big stress reliever, as well. I have quite a few DIY holiday crafts planned for this month and December. I already bought a few craft supplies for the kids and me to work on together. I also plan on sharing some of our DIY crafts on the blog so stay tuned!
6. DECORATE EARLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
This seems to be a big trend for 2020 to help stay motivated during COVID. Many of my friends have already started decorating for the holidays. A friend of mine told me she’s decorating early because Christmas is her favorite holiday and it makes her feel happier.
We’re going to start our Christmas decorating this weekend. (I even started listening to Christmas music a couple of weeks ago!) Decorating early for the holidays is a great way to get into the holiday spirit and not feel weighed down by the stress of the pandemic.
Stay strong, friends! It’s going to be tough sometimes, but I know WE WILL get through this. One day at a time and TOGETHER! xoxo
For more information about COVID-19 and to get safety tips, please click here to be directed to the state of Michigan’s official website.
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All photographs are courtesy of Jennifer Hamra for Good Life Detroit.