As we’re slowly coming to the end of our first month in quarantine we’re seeing a lot of posts promoting productivity from home workouts, to starting side hustles.
Although, I am sure everything is meant in good faith it can be scary and daunting to be bombarded with what can feel like an array of posts shaming you into being productive.
If you are one of those finding posts like that entirely unhelpful and they’re actually just making you hate yourself then I highly recommend unfollowing them. If you can’t bring yourself to unfollow them try muting them for now, or opt for a social media detox. If you need any tips for how to successfully do a media detox check out my blog on this.
Remember we are all different, that’s what makes us so great, we deal with stress and change very differently. If you’re beating yourself up because you’re not being as productive as people are making you think you should be then please try remember the following:
Some people thrive under stress but it’s okay and completely normal if you don’t
Personally, I think if you thrive while crazy stressed then you’re a bit of a weirdo. Just because there’s people out there that are managing to write a novel or using this time to discover a new planet doesn’t mean you have to.
Try setting yourself small achievements, things that you’ve decided to do, not things you think you should be doing because someone else is. Celebrate these achievements, you’re doing good – if you got out of bed today well done.
You’re allowed to be – we are in a pandemic.
The chances of you being fully focused 24/7 are pretty low anyway, now you’ve got a multitude of different distractions to face – whether it’s a coronavirus update, the worry you have for your parents or grandparents consuming you for a moment or working from home while the whole of your family are sat drinking in the sun leaving you distracted and unable to concentrate. (I’m not bitter I promise)
When these get the better of you, take a step back and let yourself be distracted for a moment. You’ll bring yourself back eventually and you will feel ready to focus.
A little tip for when you really do need to get things done is to write down a condensed list of the necessities the night before. That way you get to tick them off the list as you go along (it makes you feel good I swear) and you get to go into the day being productive.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (Turn and face the strange)
We are creatures of habit and I don’t know about you but I’ve definitely never experienced anything like this before. It’s going to take some getting used to and for some it might take longer than others. That doesn’t mean that you won’t get there or that you’re any less of a person than someone who’s already there.
Go at your own pace and try to remember one of the most important things my therapist taught me: those who matter don’t mind and those who do mind don’t matter.
Burn out syndrome
Remember that you do actually deserve a break. It can be so easy to overwork yourself becoming exhausted, unmotivated and unproductive.
If you’re lucky enough to be working from home but feel that you’re not being as productive as you should be, try and remember the massive challenge you are facing to put it into perspective. Don’t force yourself to work more hours, or to do a massive house renovation – (unless this relaxes you) you need time for you and your brain needs a rest.
In a weird way we have a new bit of freedom – you can go for that walk in the middle of the day when the sun is out because no-one is there to check up on you. Make work fit around you for once!
Do things that make you happy
Exercise is known to make you happy it releases endorphins – the happy hormone – but if the thought of exercising is too much and makes you anxious then don’t do it. There’s no need to force yourself to do the things that make others happy when you know they don’t work for you.
Do what you know makes you happy. Want to sit in bed all day watching netflix and surrounded by snacks? Do it. Dance around getting wine drunk all day listening to songs that make you feel good, spend the whole day on hangout with your friends, whatever you want to do, do it.
Use this time as you please and forget what you “should” be doing.