We’re all feeling it.
At first, it seemed like there would be an end point in the not-so-distant-future.
Now, we’re all adjusting to the ‘new normal’ and trying to picture how our lives will work over the coming months.
When lockdown first came into play, it was a shock to the system, but some of us took to it well.
We began pursuing hobbies we had let fall to way-side, we came together as a community, and we kept pushing forward.
We realised the importance of self-care, as well as caring for others, and we were operating with the healthiest mindsets we’d had for a long time.
But nothing lasts forever, and it’s become apparent that a lot of us have hit a brick wall.
It’s the same thing when I speak to different people. We don’t know what it is but we’re struggling to snap out of it.
We’re plodding on as best as we can, on autopilot, but we’re not really achieving much.
The days are starting to roll into one again, and before we know it, it will be the end of the year and we’ll wonder what on earth we did with our time.
But for the most part, we’re just tired.
We’re tired of our new reality. We’re tired of being unable to make plans. Tired of feeling unable to get out of the bed in the morning. And tired of feeling so God damn tired.
So what can we do about it?
Get into a routine
If you’re anything like me, you had a good routine going a few months back — and you had more energy than ever before. One might say you were ‘loving life’. It’s time to get that back, or put it into your life if you’ve not yet had it. I’m still never going to tell you to get up at 5 am every morning. For some of us, that’s simply not sustainable for one reason or another. But, having a great morning routine does wonders and sets you up for the day ahead. Rolling out of bed, straight to my laptop full of a string of emails, before I’ve properly opened my eyes or had anything to eat, does not.
Envision the life you want — and make small changes to your daily habits
If you’re super tired of everything right now, and it’s not just the current state of affairs in the world, then maybe it’s time for some changes. What do you actually want in life? Picture it. Go into detail. If money was no object, what would you be doing? If you knew that no matter what you did, you’d succeed, what would that be? That’s the life you want. Now start breaking it down into smaller, more attainable goals. I’ve been told far too many times that I’m not living in the real world and should be more sensible. I’ve also quit more jobs than most people my age. Am I still alive to tell the tale? Yes. Has each move I’ve made brought me closer to where I want to be? Absolutely yes. Am I done yet? Hell no!
I’m sorry — I know it might not be what you want to hear. It’s not a word I’m a particular fan of either, but it really is life changing. A few weeks ago, I took on the services of a Personal Trainer and I honestly can’t see myself going back. When you’re feeling unmotivated, tired, and energy-less, exercise is one sure-fire way of getting out of that trap. It’s also absolutely vital to your mental health and well-being. Remember, you don’t need money to exercise either. There’s plenty of great exercise routines on the likes of YouTube that you can do for free from home.
Look after number one
I truly believe that if nothing else, 2020 is the year of self-care and self-love. Take some time out to focus on you. Think about what makes you smile and what makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It might be as simple as a bubble bath with candles, reading a book, or doing something creative. Do something for the sole reason that it makes you feel good.
It’s time to press that reset button. Shut the world out for a little while, give yourself permission to be ‘selfish’, and put yourself at the top of your priority list.