How to stay motivated in times of COVID-19

The spread of the novel pandemic has created a flurry of fear and uncertainty in millions of people globally. The negativity in the news is rising alarmingly with stories of new virus contractions, job insecurities, disappointment and death. The deadly virus is wreaking havoc for individuals and while a lot of us are adapting to the new normal, there are still many who feel frustrated, dejected, deflated and even depressed. Even the most optimistic among us are drawn into fear. 

With all the new norms and changes in the world, there is a surge in new work cultures and emergence of a very different lifestyle. Things are going to change whether we like it or not. Self-isolation and social distancing are here to stay. Looking after your mental health and wellbeing while self-isolating is very important to avoid feeling vulnerable and all sorts of emotional distress. While the situation on the outside remains beyond our control, what we really need to focus on is our mental and physical self. Read further to understand how you can work on keeping yourself motivated and positive during these times.


Types and source of motivation

Motivation is extrinsic (reward based) and intrinsic (personally gratifying). Extrinsic motivation is more to do with societal engagement. We will be motivated to complete a particular task to win a reward –praise, money or recognition. Intrinsic motivation is more to do with satisfying one’s personal interests – learning, pursuing a hobby or problem solving. 


Look for the bigger picture

As you find it extremely difficult to focus on any particular activity, try looking at the reason behind why you do what you do. It will give you a deeper meaning and push you to do more to seek great results. Every little work you put into any project; you have to identify the value you are adding into the task which will keep you constantly motivated to do your part. 


Set goals, take small breaks and refocus

If you think the current phase calls to be extremely productive only because you have more time to yourself, you could be wrong.  If you can’t decide between baking a cake or just curling up in  bed, it’s completely okay. Your mind will be functioning in different directions and you might have trouble focusing on tasks. Go easy on yourself. 

  1. Set goals – you will see a sense of accomplishment once you achieve them. 
  2. Take small breaks – working long hours can take a toll on your mental health. 
  3. Refocus – get in a fresh mind space before you restart. 


Control your news consumption and social media activity

News consumption in the current times, especially bad news may leave you with negative feelings.  Staying informed and socially aware is important, but when you’ve started looking at your social media feeds and news for almost 50% of your day, it starts becoming more harmful than help. Control your activity to be source and time based.   


Train your brain to stay motivated

Just as the body requires discipline and regular training in order to be at its peak, training the brain, your strongest muscle is equally important. In these unprecedented times it is essential to function your brain muscles and send the right signals to keep feeling positive and motivated. Memory games and positive thinking may help to control your impulses to stay focused. You can look at various brain training apps and games that will help you brighten your outlook.  Similar training is also relevant when you train your mind to eat right and stay active and healthy. 

At Evolve Brain Training, our experts incorporate non-invasive treatments that will assist you to take charge of your emotions. Connect with us for a virtual consultation on brain training in Dubai. Fill out the contact form and we will get in touch with you shortly. 

Dr. Upasana Gala is the founder and CEO of Evolve Brain Training, a Neurofeedback-centered institute that focuses on using non-invasive brain training techniques to maximize the brain's true potential.

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