Mental Health in the New Normal
Nathan Perkins • September 8, 2020
Our Guide to Regaining Your Motivation in the New Normal
Working from home is challenging, both mentally and physically. You must balance work and home responsibilities, be mindful of health and safety precautions and deal with anxieties about the future.
It is tricky trying to fulfill everything in your to-do list, let alone do them with the same eagerness you could muster usually. Sometimes, a simple comment or inconvenience can cause you to fly off the handle, making you question your ability to cope with the new normal.
Managing incidents like these, though, starts with learning how to handle triggers and acknowledging that they are signs of unresolved internal tensions. There are ways of motivating yourself when working from home starts to wear thin; here are a few tips to help you from feeling lost.
Write down your tasks and goals
Tackling work or school seems impossible if you do not see the point for your tasks. Listing your personal goals will help you clarify your purpose and give you direction. Start small—try a project you can finish in one week, and keep your goals SMART, or Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Aside from goals, you should also have a checklist of your daily tasks. Seeing your day broken down into tasks can help you focus on the most critical items and help you worry less about completing them.
Create a routine and stick to it
One of the signs of declining mental health is letting go of your routine, so you need to maintain a regular schedule. Doing so will help you organize your day and give it a bit of control and predictability.
A routine also lets you become more efficient at your tasks; the longer you stick with one, the more your brain adapts to your circumstances. These things are undoubtedly welcome today and would ease any anxieties you might have.
Practice several types of self-care
Pushing yourself during a period of uncertainty is admirable, but it is unrealistic if sustained over long periods. Doing this results in burnout, so you should dedicate time to your physical and mental health.
Sometimes, you also need to re-energize by paying attention to what you want to do at the moment. If you have been working on a spreadsheet for two hours, allow yourself to take a brain break and pursue something that is both mentally stimulating and relaxing. Play an instrument, read, make art, or do something that keeps your mind humming but is not stressful.
Self-care also means staying in touch with friends and family. No matter how introverted you are, you need social interaction. Otherwise, you will feel even more isolated, which could lead to feelings of hopelessness.
Seek out mental health services
A therapist is a disinterested third party who can help you frame events in your life in a coherent, objective way. If you are experiencing intense emotions, a mental health professional can help you sift through your feelings, identify takeaways, and propose courses of action for you. Doing this will give direction to your emotional life.
If physical distancing guidelines prevent you from seeking help in person, you can schedule a session with an online therapist.
There are so many things that can cause uncertainty today, leading to your productivity taking a nosedive. However, the first step to remedying something is acknowledging it. If you recognize the need to take back control, you will bring a little more order back in your life.
It is vital to have a support system when life throws obstacles your way. Emote allows you to have that—we let you find online therapy services through our secure, confidential video conferencing platform. Help is a click away with Emote; download our app on the App Store or Google Play, and book an appointment with our therapists today!