All of us are surprised at how many phone calls, text messages, and video calls we have received during the period of lockdown resulting from the COVID-19. People are now connecting with their old pals, with whom they haven’t communicated in years.
Prior to the pandemic, the number of people regularly working from home remained in single digit (5%). But now, according to a new MIT report, 34.1% of Americans have switched to working from home by the first week of April 2020.
Right now, most of us are feeling demoralized and the passion for work is all-time low because of the isolation.
But remember what Charles Bukowski said –
“Isolation is a gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds.”
Even during the tough time, it is recommended to stay positive and keep your spirit high. There are several ways you can keep yourself and even others motivated.
- More Communication
This is the best time you can connect with your loved ones and those you lost touch with. There are so many platforms by which you connect with them, a simple text or 5 minutes call can bring a smile to the face of your loved ones.
It has been claimed in the mass media that loneliness can be as damaging to your health as smoking 10-15 cigarettes a day. So better pick up your phone and call, text or facetime anyone you like because conversation right now will keep anyone motivated. Staying virtually connected will help you manage stress and kill the boredom.
- Spread Your Good Thoughts
Right now, social media is buzzing and from a commoner to celebrity, everyone is showcasing their talent and skills there. If you want to be an orator or a motivational speaker then this is the right time for you to show the talent you possess because who knows it might change many lives and spread positivity to the people who you never met.
If you have excellent command in language and you choose the right topic and words, you can digitally connect with millions of people and help them get over with the negativity spread around their life during these challenging times.
- Expand Your Thinking Process
Watching a motivational video or listening to speakers like Dr Segu Ramesh, Seth Godin, or reading the books of the likes of Susan Jeffers, Viktor Frankl can surely fill your mind with positivity.
When you focus on your blessings, everything around you starts changing for good. You can perform other activities which you love at home; it could be painting, cooking, or writing, just to keep yourself in a positive direction.
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”
- Maintain Daily Routine
Tough times alter everyone’s daily routine. You can still manage it by setting time at least for a few important things, such as eating, exercising, and sleeping.
You can still meet your friends “virtually”; you can still communicate with your remote colleagues. Things can be done even now but in other ways.
It is better to have gratitude to stay healthy because “Sometimes the worst place you can be is in your own head.” – Christina Feist-Heilmeier