1) Make sure you have a positive internal narrative
Your internal narrative is how you speak to yourself. Do you celebrate your successes and practice kindness when you fail, or do you always wish you could have done better?
Since we’re in lockdown, we don’t have as many people around to praise us. This means that our internal narrative is going to have a significant impact on our overall self-esteem and mental well-being than it would normally.
These lockdowns have taken a toll on everyone. Covid-19 is a risk to mental health as well as physical health and creates a new level of stress, uncertainty, and social isolation. Everyone’s at risk of developing a negative mindset when things are so changeable.
So, if you’re struggling to be productive working from home, try not to be too hard on yourself. A negative internal narrative saps motivation. Try not to use the words ‘should’ or ‘must’ when referring to our feelings and achievements. Statements such as, ‘I should be over these feelings by now’ or ‘I must try harder at work’ are unhelpful. Try to talk to yourself like you would a good friend. Encourage yourself, reward yourself for little successes and remember that everyone needs support at the moment.