There’s no doubt that numerous lockdowns have been taking their toll on people. Life seems so predictable that it’s become stale. But one of our many talents as humans is that despite what’s thrown at us, we draw on our resilience and we keep going. As the best antidote to feeling stuck is taking action, we’re sharing tips you can put into practice to help you get out of a lockdown rut.
One thing that drives us to get out of bed in the morning is a sense of purpose. We thrive from knowing our value and the difference we make to others. But for many, lockdown has exposed cracks in that sense of purpose. Give yourself permission to wipe that slate clean and start afresh, while the necessary restrictions continue. Take each day as it comes and choose a purpose for that day alone, no matter how small it may be. You might centre it around achievements, like accomplishing a particular task that day, or through service, by calling a friend who’s going through a tough time.
If you feel like you’re in a rut, remind yourself that it’s perfectly reasonable to be feeling stuck, demotivated or down. It might seem like you’re the exception to the rule, while other people have seemingly flourished through lockdown by developing new skills and becoming expert sourdough bakers. But remember that those people aren’t necessarily excelling – they may be keeping themselves busy as a coping mechanism, to distract themselves from their own gloomy feelings. If you’re able to, take a good look at your emotions. Can you identify what’s showing up? Is there someone you can share your feelings with? With that level of awareness and support, you might feel able to come up with some simple actions you can put in place, to help give yourself a boost.
Without minimising the seriousness of the pandemic, it can also be said that some have experienced blessings through this difficult time. Working from home has created a greater sense of flexibility and the opportunity to incorporate some healthier habits into the workday, like taking a walk over lunch. Money, which would normally go on train fares or fuel, has been saved. People have come up with creative solutions to problems, sparking new business ideas and all manner of virtual classes. Despite the enormous challenges we’ve faced, what gifts has lockdown given you? Come up with a list and include anything you can think of, no matter how minor it may be. That may just help shine a light on what’s possible, even in the darkest of times.
Lockdown has given some of us more time, by not commuting, attending social events or travelling, and this has created more opportunity for thinking and reflection. While this certainly has its uses, there comes a point at which we become stuck in our own thoughts and feel unable to make a decision or take action – otherwise known as ‘analysis paralysis’. To get unstuck, coach yourself through the problem. By asking yourself questions that a professional coach would ask, you’ll come up with new answers and crucially, focus on actions you can take to move forwards. Grab a pen and paper and ask yourself:
- What do I need to do to get myself out of this rut?
- How can I help myself and what can I do for other people?
- How do I want my life to look in 12 months’ time? What steps do I need to put in place to get me there?
For many people, lockdown has prompted them to realise that they’re not happy or fulfilled in their work. Whether you’re looking to move jobs or industry, or change into a completely new career, help is available.
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