My hair needs cutting. I haven’t put on going out clothes in months. I have not seen the loves of my life for months. What is a routine? What is a night out? Yes, we are all still in a state of lock down and missing the things we loved the most about living a ‘normal life’. But I personally do not think quarantine has been the worst thing to happen to me. It has actually helped me cultivate a new appreciation for self-sufficiency and financial struggle lol.
My biggest motivation is knowing that I will be able to travel again, I’m not sure when, but I know I will. This means more to me than seeing new places and eating good food, it means that I can see all of my friends across the world! (long distance friendships can suck a bag of ****)
My Quarantine Roller coaster
Quarantine started in early March for me and it has been one big adventure from there. From crying about potential unemployment, not being able to pay my rent, wondering how to fill my time, avoiding all other humans like the plague, partaking in The Hunger Games to get a pack of eggs and making sure my loved ones are okay. Then it took a huge turn to sun bathing in the park, being furloughed, Facetiming the girls more than I ever did, discovering that I was a Mary Berry in the making, spending much need quality time with my partner, finally starting my own novel, running 5k and starting my own blog.
I soon found that all of the new hobbies I picked up during quarantine have been life saving and have blessed me with a new form of motivation to be better and do better. They made me realize how many excuses I was making not to do the things that I always wanted. For example, I always wanted to start a blog but I would always use the ‘no time’ excuse. Now I have all of the time in the world to do what it is I want and it feels freaking fantastic. I know well enough to enjoy this time and take every day as it comes because, before we know it, Boris will announce that there is a cure and just like that, we we all be back in our 9-5’s, cramming onto trains, getting smashed at the pub nearest to work and eating kebabs at 3am. So with this in mind, I am determined to maximize my time and do all the things I once made excuses for.
How do you stay motivated in quarantine?
For a few weeks, in the early stages of lock down, I was very much into eating snacks on my sofa and watching whatever I wanted on Netflix, The Tiger King being the most notable. But eventually this got boring and my I could feel my brain cells slowing dropping off. I even started thinking about Carol Baskin in my day to day life. Do she do it? Was Joe Exotic really a psycho? Where did all the money go? Did Joe have a good time in prison? It wasn’t long before I needed some real stimulation.
Lock down will not last for ever and I would like to hope we are edging towards the final countdown stage and it is only a matter of time before a semblance of normality comes back into our lives however, until that point there are some things that I think will really help keep you motivated in this final stretch of extreme quarantine…
- Remember why you started.
Whether it was a food blog, running, baking, singing, dancing, webcaming, gaming, yoga or whatever it was you picked up during quarantine, remember why you started. The answer is not because you were bored, it was probably because you want to try something new and learn a new skill. This skill will be so valuable to you in many years to come, you’ll remember the time that you found out you were good at something else.
- This is NOT going to last forever.
I doubt, that in hopefully many years to come, we will be paid to stay at home or afforded the luxury of being with our loved ones. We are being giving the opportunity to live life in the slow lane for one. I know many people will be itching to return to their hectic lives and escape their quarantine partner, but when we are all called back to duty, we will undoubtedly miss the time we had. So make the most of it and do not be afraid to slow down for a while.
- Try and be consistent.
I do not know about you, but I have a blurred vision of dates and time right now and I am finding it hard to keep track of what it is I did on each day. I started keeping a diary just to jot a few things down about that day so that I didn’t forget or go crazy. I found that having some form of routine has been really helpful and being consistent in it very rewarding. Try and keep your weeks structured and stop your days from merging into one.
- Don’t be afraid to take it slow.
Yes we have all started these fantastic new endeavors, but do not be afraid to do nothing and to say nothing one day. This blog post is my first in a week and I usually post a blog post every other day. But this week, I was just not feeling it and instead of allowing myself to feel like giving up on my blog, I took a few days off and here I am, back again, living the blogging dream. Like I said before, enjoy this time while you have it.
- Talk to someone, reach out, complain.
Other people can have a such a great impact on you. If you aren’t living with another person during this time or are trapped with someone you don’t particularly like, I can understand why you don’t feel like talking to any one, but reaching out to people you met once is rewarding, or people you’ve lost contact with or people you didn’t think would care. 9 times out of 10, that person is looking for someone to talk to also. It is about being brave, bold and honest. Talking to people is one of the best ways to stay motivated, learning from them, listening to them and supporting them are all things that give you a purpose and therefore keeps you motivated.
I am sure there are many more things that could be discussed, but on the grand consensus, keeping a routine is the most popular way to stay motivated in quarantine. Now that we have the luxury of choosing our routine, even though we are restricted right now, I encourage you to choose a routine that you love and incorporate new things!
Stay safe everyone!
Demi Anne x