How to find motivation in the quarantine – UNCW Seahawk

Posted: April 16, 2020 at 6:52 am

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Cierra Noffke, Staff Writer April 15, 2020

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The waves of the coronavirus have left most of us deserted in our homes, dwindling beneath our desire to go back to sleep or to go out into a functioning society once again. I have found, with the progression of these past few weeks, that mustering up the will to finish my homework, to attend live classes, and funnel valuable energy into upcoming projects takes a special streak of motivation.

Thus, I have compiled a list of methods to help anyone struggling with productivity. There is no secret to these suggestions. If you want to achieve something, you actually have to go and do it. Sometimes, though, we need a little help getting out of our beds and our pajamas.

My number one suggestion isnt on the list because it is something Ive tucked away into every morsel of advice: be kind to yourself. Quarantining and isolating is rough. Looking at the news for too long brings waves of anxiety.

If youve managed to accomplish something, anything, be it putting on a new pair of pajamas or making something special for lunchcongratulations! You have done something and I have full faith that you have done it well.

If youre still in bed, thats okay too. Maybe this list will give you something new to think about.

Roll your eyes if you want, at this one. Drinking water purifies your body. Your cells are craving it from the second your eyes open from your first (or third) slumber. A large portion of your body is composed of water and if you dont replenish yourself enough times in a day you will become dehydrated and tired. Drink some water. If you dont like water try squeezing in some lemon, slicing fruit into your glass or using one of the helpful tips from this health system website.

Make yourself some tea or coffee

For this bit, I will share some coveted and secret barista advice from a retired barista herself. We all have different susceptibilities to the taste of tannins (the stuff that makes coffee bitter), so some of us will like it and some of us wontand thats okay! Making a cup of coffee (or tea if you dont like the coffee so much) gives your cells a little jolt of caffeine.

Attempt some exercise

Get moving! Exercising releases a wealth of endorphins, oxygen and other nutrients to your body. Sometimes, exercising rewards you with extra energy for the dayand helps you sleep better at night. Stretch on the ground in your jammies, sprint down the street or go for a walk in the woodswhatever you choose. Anything you do counts, just as long as you try.

Go outside

Go out and breathe some fresh air into your lungs. You need it, similar to the way you need water. This article published by Harvard Medical school supplies several interesting facts, linked to studies, about rejuvenation, joy, and energy sparked from wandering in the great out of doors. Sunlight is, truly, healing (just dont forget sunscreen). If its possible, try moving your work outside. If its nice, go for a nature walk. If its not so nice, stare moodily out the window whilst listening to Mozarts Requiem. It does wonders for the soul.

Treat yourself

This one I will leave up to you, although I do have an article of quarantine recipes here if the notion strikes you. If you are so inclined, put a facemask on, take a bath, watch your favorite movie with your favorite blanket. Add whipped cream to your coffee as a delightful surprise. Bake something warm and sweet. Whatever you choose to do, put all the extra love you have inside it and I promise itll be rewarding.

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