How to motivate yourself during the lockdown : 3 powerful tips to try today

In the current circumstances, you are feeling so much stress, worry, and fear as well.  Overnight your life has taken a new direction; your kids are at home doing remote learning, for your autistic child, you have become their school teacher, speech therapist, occupational therapist, ABA therapist, and many more. 

You are balancing amidst special kids, typical kids, cooking and doing laundry countless times with your new work schedules, etc.

All of this can be too overwhelming, and it’s natural for you to feel that you’re not handling well; you’re ineffective and additionally feeling defeated also.

Do you wish there was a Reset button?

life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you react to it.

Charles R Swindoll

Difficult times will occur throughout your lives, yet it is up to you how you respond to it. Yes, It’s within you. You are in charge of your Attitude.

With that said, let me share with you,

How to motivate yourself during the lockdown: 3 powerful tips to try today that has helped me immensely during the gloomy days.

1. Practice self-compassion – remember to put oxygen mask first

With practicing self-compassion, you overcome your struggle and suffering gradually, and that boosts your subconscious energy to move ahead in life much stronger.

Did you know that research shows that practicing self-compassion actually increases your motivation to work harder and improve?

selfcompassion.org

Self-compassion is not self-pity. Self-compassion is giving similar kindness to yourself that you would convey to your friend.

It’s a practice that you can start today,

Step 1: Be mindful of your feelings. Notice when you are feeling low and depressed.

Step 2: Observe your breath. Inhale and exhale slowly.

Step 3: Make these 8 positive affirmation today. Look at yourself in the mirror and talk loudly;

  • I am strong, and I can do this.
  • I understand it’s hard, but I am trying my best.
  • I accept what can’t be changed.
  • I will make peace with myself.
  • I am a wonderful mother to my children.
  • I will take care of my body, mind, and soul.
  • I will let go of being perfect in everything today.
  • I want to be the mom who is fun, happy and engaged.

You can add more every day. Just remember to say it loudly. The affirmations have a powerful impact on your mind when you hear yourself.

Step 4: Love yourself, hug yourself and appreciate yourself.

Self-compassion is one powerful tool that transits into a much happy and confident you.

Also read : 3 tips to follow when you are demotivated and focus on just 1 problem behavior this week

2. Uplift somebody- reach out and be kind to someone

During shelter-in-place days, are you finding yourself feeling low, depressed, or stressed? Are you shutting yourself to ruminate on your worries?

To uplift your spirits and come out of your shell, try to uplift somebody by showing the act of kindness.

It could be merely a simple gesture of calling or texting your friend to ask how the days are treating her? Listen to her, and she will appreciate your concern checking on her.

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If you can’t call anybody, then get online, are you in any groups? Support a mom who is feeling isolated. She will appreciate it. Trust me. You will have a sense of satisfaction out of this kindness.

Research shows that tiny positive interactions with others not only make us happier – our brains release oxytocin when we do tiny kind things, which makes us feel really good – but also help us feel supported when we’re going through difficult or uncertain times.

Nataly Kogan, Author Happiernow

3. Practice Gratitude even for the smallest things

I know what you are thinking, I am already stuck in this rut, and you want me to thank my blessings? Yes, you are right, but science explains it’s also the best way to feel good about yourself.

While practicing gratitude, your brain releases serotonin and dopamine, the happy hormones that make you feel good. Once you start feeling content, then nobody can stop you from developing a mindset of positivity.

Do this now- Bring out a paper and write just 1 reason that you are grateful for in this pandemic period if you can find more, awesome!

Pausing to appreciate small happiness in difficult circumstances gives you the energy to manipulate it with a positive mindset.

Try these practices today to experience a transformation in how you feel, your energy, and your perspective.

How to motivate yourself during the lockdown: 3 powerful tips to try today that has helped me immensely during the gloomy days.


Take away

Difficult times will occur throughout your lives, yet it is up to you how you respond to it. Yes, It’s within you. You are in charge of your Attitude.

3 powerful tips to motivate yourself

1. Practice self-compassion – Remember to put oxygen mask first

2. Uplift somebody- Reach out and be kind to someone

3. Practice Gratitude- even for the smallest things

Also read : 3 tips to follow when you are demotivated and focus on just 1 problem behavior this week


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4 thoughts on “How to motivate yourself during the lockdown : 3 powerful tips to try today

  1. Hi Priya,

    Really i loved your articles and like your way of expressing each points:-))
    Thank you so much for sharing .This article is much needed this time…

    Thanks &regards
    Shahanayoosuf

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  2. Awesome Priya!! Your personality is so visible through the article. Am so proud of you my girl!! Pandemic though looks bad from all sides has been amazing I see more birds coming to my balcony, trees are greener air purer and most importantly I get time for working on myself.

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