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8 Tips for Staying Motivated During Quarantine

8 Tips for Staying Motivated During Quarantine
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Emma Berry March 30, 2020

How to keep yourself going while being confined to your home.

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As we all know, our world has been turned upside down. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, everyone has been making new changes to their life and daily routines. Most students are entering the online school world and most workers are transitioning to working from home.

It's been just about two weeks since my quarantine started and I am starting to go a little stir crazy. My social life before quarantine wasn't that big, but I am starting to feel the effects of being confined and restricted. I've been trying out new ways to stay motivated, and I thought I'd share my top eight tips for staying motivated during this crazy time.

1.) Avoid Sleeping Late

It's been really hard to find the motivation to get up at a decent hour in the morning. I know that during this time it's super tempting to wake up later because you can, but it's good to keep yourself on your normal sleeping regime. Just because you can't go anywhere doesn't mean you should wake up at noon every day.

2.) Add Morning Yoga to Your Routine

Although I haven't been getting as much physical exercise as I would've been pre-quarantine, I've found that my body actually feels more sore when I wake up in the morning. I don't know if this is just a problem I am experiencing, but it's been more difficult to wake up. I've been starting to incorporate a 10 minute morning yoga to my routine. I do this as soon as I wake up and it really has been helping my day get started.

3.) Make Daily To-Do Lists

Sometimes I wake up and just feel completely lost. I have no idea what I'm supposed to do each day because my regular routine has been disrupted. I have been starting to make daily to-do lists and it actually helps give my day some direction.

4.) Keep Your Space Clean and Tidy

Having a clean room, desk, work space, or office can make a huge difference. When you're hanging out or working in a cluttered space, it can start to feel like everything is closing in on you. Keeping everything clean and tidy will make your spaces feel more open and create a positive environment.

5.) Take Breaks and Go Outside

The other day it was 60 degrees and sunny, and my family and I spent the entire day outside. I can't tell you how refreshing it was to just sit in the sun and be out in nature. It cleared my mind and put me in a fantastic mood for the entire day. I actually almost forgot that we were in quarantine.

6.) Get Crafty

Over the weekend, my sister and I tie dyed a bunch of stuff and it was so fun. I haven't done any sort of DIYs or crafts in forever, and it felt really great to get off my devices and do something productive.

7.) Organize Everything

This is the PERFECT time to clean out that closet you've been meaning to do but never have time or organize your clothes or re-decorate your room. There are always things that you can think giving a deep-clean, and there is no better time to do it then right now.

8.) Read a Book

I have had a list of books I've been wanting to read for so long, but "never had time". Although I love a good movie marathon or Netflix binge, I know I will get bored of just staring at a television for a month. Diving into some new books will keep your mind active and will give you a break from whatever show you're addicted to at the moment.

This is such a crazy time right now and I know that everyone is struggling in their own way. Try to stay positive, keep busy, and wash your hands!

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