The pandemic and the quarantine has not been easy on any of us in any way. Personally, I’ve been through a wave of emotions. Some days I’m feeling great and other days I feel like I cannot take any minute of it. I’m sure many of you have been going through the same things.
One thing I know for sure and it’s something that I’ve talked about before, and it brings me solace is that everything will pass. Our emotions and thoughts will pass within minutes, in a couple of days, in a week.
I understand it’s easier said than done, but once you realize and accept the fact that you have control of your thoughts and emotions everything is so much easier to deal with. I’ve had what seems like hours of feeling down, alone and just plain sad, but somehow I always come out of it. And some days I have a to-do list that’s not very realistic.
Routine is a big part of helping me come out of my own thoughts. You see, being home most of the time dealing with different aspects of life which includes people and circumstances it’s just harder now, which is why having some sort of routine, rules and a schedule helps a lot.
Motivation does not come easy, but it can be built. I feed off people’s energy, so motivating myself at home is not easy of course.
So, here is what I’ve been doing these past few weeks that I’ve felt that have helped me break out of my old routine that I had set for myself because that was getting old and I needed something new:
I read a book called The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma. Now, this book I highly recommend it to build and strengthen your motivation and willpower. It may not work for everyone, but you can adjust it to your needs. I don’t believe everything needs to be followed 100% if it doesn’t work for you, but pushing your boundaries helps a lot in the future.
My schedule now consists of waking up at 4:45 am most days–typically just the week right now, and I get my morning started. There are days that I know I’m not going to get 7 hours of sleep because my night got longer, I don’t beat myself up and just set my alarm for 6:30 instead. I’ve been able to get a workout and meditation done before I start my work day which has been great. It’s of course challenging because I’ve always told myself that I was not a morning person, but I’ve come to realize that the days that I don’t wake up at 4:45 am, they obviously feel shorter, I don’t get as much done, and one thing I’ve always struggle with my adult life is not feeling like I’ve accomplished a lot even if my to-do list is done.
I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I’m getting things done early in the morning or the fact that I’m proving to myself that I can wake up at 4:45 am, but it’s giving me something to work towards and a challenge to prove myself that I can do it.
Well, this post is longer than I had expected and maybe not so bright, but the message I do want to share is that if something is not working in your life be brave enough to change it. It’s hard, but the more we do it, the easier it becomes later in life. Also, everything is so temporary, we need to remind ourselves that whatever we are feeling at that moment will pass. It’s not easy. It’s hard for me and it will be hard for you, but you can do it. If I can, you can do it because God knows how many thoughts I have in my head constantly every second that changes my mood from being sad to optimistic within minutes! It really is a roller coaster in my head haha
Here is the link to the book!