How can you get motivated to work when we’re still in a pandemic and there’s still so much uncertainty surrounding the way we work? Reports are suggesting even more cases of depression than within the pandemic and I put this down to people not seeking the right support for their mental wellbeing.
The pandemic was overwhelming for every one of us but if you struggled a lot, it’s even more important to seek support. Depression and burnout can take their toll affecting how you get motivated to work.
We’re a society of ‘doing’. A very western way of just getting on with life no matter what is thrown at us. This is helpful to a certain extent as it builds resilience but not everyone is able to bounce back as quickly as others.
There seems to be another wave of work from home burnout and I want this blog post to serve as some support to those of you who are struggling with the prolonged uncertainty that the pandemic has brought.
The biggest factor that causes work from home burnout is lack of purpose. To be honest, a lack of purpose can be attributed to most problems. When you don’t have a strong reason to do what you do, you are more likely to succumb to negative thinking and have difficulty with adversity.
When you are a more optimistic person, you will view challenges as they appear. Then, you’ll look at ways to either overcome them or find a solution to make them work for you.
For instance, if pre-pandemic you didn’t spend a lot of time at home, you may not have noticed what truly makes your heart sing. Whilst being forced to be home, you will have had an opportunity to learn more about yourself.
However, if you didn’t think this way, you will have tried to get through the pandemic, waiting to go back to normality. If this was your thinking, you are in need of mental wellbeing support. Namely, as you are relying on external forces to dictate your life rather than taking control of it yourself.
If you’re one of the lucky ones and still has a job, overcoming burnout is within your reach. Even starting each day grateful for the fact that you have a job can go a long way.
However, if you’re feeling burnt out from the pandemic and working from home, there are some simple things you can do every day that will help shift you out of this funk. It does take consistency and the willingness to change. This is where purpose comes in. Just ask yourself “do I want to stay miserable and struggle?” Often the simplest question can be the one that gets you motivated to work.