When cabin fever has set in, finding the motivation to get things done can be difficult. Whether you’re home alone, or surrounded by family, it can be all too easy to slip into a slump. Here are some ideas to get you back on top and feeling happy.
Five mood-boosting ideas when you’re stuck in isolation
1. Begin with positivity
You know the phrase ‘I got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning’? It might sound crazy, but thinking that way actually can affect the rest of your day. If you begin your waking hours with the idea that things are already going badly, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Luckily, the reverse is also true – thinking positively when you wake up can help you end up with a much more positive day overall.
Focus on the good things, however small they may seem, and tell yourself that today will be a good day.
2. Learn new skills
With a wide range of online training out there, now could be the perfect time to improve your existing skills or pick up some new ones. Learning something new isn’t just about gaining useful skills or qualifications, it can also help boost your self-confidence and raise your self-esteem, further contributing to a positive mood. Online learning is flexible and self-paced, so however much time you have available and whatever you’d like to learn, there is likely to be something out there that will match your needs.
3. Connect with other people
Research has shown good relationships with friends and family are important for mental wellbeing. It might feel like it’s challenging to maintain connections with other people if you aren’t able to socialise as you normally would, but changing the way you think about socialising can make staying connected seem a whole lot less daunting. Consider the example above – another benefit of online training is the opportunity to access a whole new community of people with similar interests to you. Whilst you are learning you can discuss ideas and issues with other learners, improving your motivation and recognising a whole range of viewpoints. This can help you to achieve a sense of belonging and self-worth, sharing progress and positive experiences and having the opportunity to support others to do the same.
4. Find positive friends and mentors
Connecting with positive people can support you to feel more positive yourself. When other people talk positively or do positive things, it will start to affect your own thoughts and feelings, which in turn can help positivity flow. If you’re finding yourself inside with other people who are feeling low, be proactive and try modelling a positive attitude and see what happens – the results can be so much more rewarding than you might expect. Don’t forget there are lots of people who are willing to support you too – perhaps there are local groups you can join on social media, or a contact in your workplace who might offer to mentor and inspire you to use your time productively.
5. Live in the moment, but plan for the future
Sometimes it can be all too easy to get caught up in what might happen, or what has happened already. If the future feels uncertain, it can lower your mood and make it hard to bounce back up again. Taking a moment to sit back and consider your current thoughts and feelings – physically and mentally – and the environment around you, can help you to understand yourself better. Having more clarity about what would make you feel more positive both now and in the future can help you to approach challenges more easily and work towards a career or life goals, whether that’s doing something new or building on what you already have. You may experience failures or make mistakes, but following the steps above – building positive relationships and making the most of opportunities like online training, mentoring and support from others – can help you to learn from them and grow, feeling good while you do.