If you’re feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed more than usual, you aren’t alone. The pandemic has heightened these stressors, as the lack of social interaction that naturally comes with social distancing guidelines has made people feel alone and isolated. Without anyone to turn to, people have begun to feel demotivated and disengaged.
Feeling lethargic, not sleeping well, and flat out refusing to get out of bed are all common signs of stress you may be experiencing. Ordinary tasks like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, or even doing the dishes may seem overwhelming. Fortunately, it’s possible to break out of your slump, but only if you understand why you’re feeling the way you do. Here are four reasons you may be feeling stressed and demotivated:
- You’ve Lost Your Routine
Even if you have a distaste for planners and organization, a routine is essential in everyday life. Without any semblance of certainty, it’ll be difficult to complete basic tasks, spend time with the people you want, and do what you want to do. Although you’re familiar with some activities’ restrictions because of regulations, you can quickly work around them. However, completely losing your routine, whether due to the pandemic or something else, can leave you feeling off-kilter and lost.
You can bounce back by creating a plan, even if it’s a small one. Write down what you want to accomplish without minding the challenges, including activities you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time for, especially during the pandemic. Then, think of small, actionable steps you can take to move closer to your goal. It can be anything from waking up earlier to eating healthier. What matters is that you’re moving, no matter how slowly you go.
- You Think You Can’t Control Anything
One of the many triggers for anxiety is feeling like you can’t control anything. Given the many uncertainties in the government, public health, and economic conditions, it often feels like any pretense of control you previously had has slipped away. However, the truth is that there are still plenty of things within your grasp, even though you may not realize it. For instance, you can control how you perceive and approach things, even under challenging circumstances. You can also learn how to deal with mental health triggers to keep your reactions in check. Your mindset is the foundation of how you respond to events, opportunities, and activities, so remember that you are more powerful than you think!
- You’ve Thought More About Mortality
A global health crisis means witnessing people falling sick by the thousands and succumbing to the virus. That also means you’re even more aware than usual about mortality and the shortness of life, and the thought that life may not be as secure and comfortable as we believe can be incredibly anxiety-inducing.
Luckily, like in the previous reason, there’s a lot you can do to lessen your fear of mortality. For instance, you can start exercising more frequently and start eating better. You can also adjust your sleeping habits to get better quality sleep instead of staying up until dawn. You may even feel motivated to tick off some things on your bucket list, helping you live a more enriched life.
- Planing for the Future Seams Pointless
Millions of people have felt frustrated when the pandemic’s vortex has swept away all their plans for 2020 and beyond, leaving people without any direction or guidance. Whether you booked a vacation, you planned to move to a new country, or you wanted to take a new course, the pandemic has likely disrupted these plans. Even though there may be an end in sight thanks to the vaccine, making goals and planning for them seem pointless.
Without any goals to work toward, you’ll likely feel aimless and criticize yourself more. However, you can adapt your goals to your situation or devise new ways to complete them even with the pandemic. There will be an end to this madness—you just need to hold on and do your best until then!
Dealing with the loss of opportunities, creature comforts, and other remnants of a pre-pandemic life can be incredibly stressful. However, by understanding your situation and the reasons you’re feeling demotivated, you can turn your situation around and seek the help you need to thrive again.
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