It is easy (and normal) to mindlessly scroll through social media, get lost in a Netflix series and to let your phone and email inbox go unanswered. Don’t let a global pandemic stop you from reaching your personal goals. Try these 5 practices to stay on track.
Stick to a Routine
Having a daily routine (at least Monday-Friday) will help keep yourself in order. This looks different for everyone. It could be as simple as waking up in the morning by 7 a.m., working out and having a coffee before your work day, or extensive as an hour-by-hour daily plan. Whatever works for you, do it and own your routine.
For Personal Growth, Take up a New Hobby
Nothing says personal growth like starting something new. With potentially more time on your hands at home, this is a perfect time to pick up a new activity. Have you always wanted to learn how to play a guitar? Awesome! Order one! Do you want to learn a new language? There’s an app for that. Learning something new will challenge you and help you get out of your daily comforts and rut.
Exercise your Body and your Mind
It might sound odd, but exercise directly correlates to your level of rest and relaxation. It doesn’t always have to be physical exercise either. According to Harvard Medical Center there are many ways to control your stress and anxieties. Performing aerobic exercise is as key for your head as it is for your body. It provides stimulation to help counter depression and anxiety.
Exercise your mind, too. Don’t let yourself get caught scrolling on your phone or lost in TV. Journal, listen to educational podcasts, read a book, do a puzzle, or take on that new hobby I mentioned above. These are all ways to exercise your mind and help reduce anxiety.
Give Back to Others
Give back to others if you have the means to. Giving back is a powerful path to self growth and happiness. Give your time, provide your skills or expertise, or give monetarily. Having a purpose and helping to give back will help you align and continue your personal growth journey.
The news is constantly breaking on devastating stories. Friends and family might be sending you articles and pictures they find online about the pandemic. Negativity can lead to depressing thoughts and lack of motivation to accomplish your goals. However, reframe your thinking and nip negative thoughts in the bud before they start creeping in. Follow these other tips to help transform your negative thoughts.