The Self-Isolation Diaries #6: Peaks & troughs of motivation

Since being in self-isolation – starting from the day we landed home from our honeymoon almost 3 weeks ago – my motivation has come in varying waves.

I don’t know if what I’m seeing is the norm, but my social media is full of people fitting into either one of two categories: Category A) Instagram lives every day, constant pics of their yoga session/HIIT session/weights session or Category B) people who are embracing the messy bun, constant PJs and biscuit tin.

I’m just aiming to be a mixture of the two. I initially thought I’d be motivated to focus on my ~health~ and use this time to do lots of workouts, eating nutritious meals and feng-shui-ing my house based on all the free time.

10/10 not the case.

Some days I’ve been on my hands & knees deep cleaning bathrooms, but some days I’ve been lying on my bed doing nothing – unless refreshing Tik Tok counts as something – until it’s time to go to bed.

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It’s almost like the longer I don’t workout, the harder it is to get back into it. But I have a virtual PT session today, and I’m going to get up 30 mins earlier tomorrow to do a workout before I sit down for work.

Even though the days are quieter and start later as there’s no commute, the whole ‘once it’s done it’s out of the way’ mentality still seems to apply.

Not sure when the motivation for sorting my house out will return. The cupboard under the stairs is just so daunting isn’t it?!

Something that’s helped me is aiming to create habits for lockdown. I have an app – appropriately called ‘Habits’ – where you can create a list of things you eventually want to turn into habits. It’s essentially a list, and you can tick off the things you do each day of the week.

My habits of ‘go to the gym’ have obviously changed, but my habits list for lockdown features these:

  • Workout
  • Clean/organise a part of the house
  • x1 daily walk
  • Eat vegetarian/pescatarian – I’ll admit this one has been tricky as I don’t feel now is the time to be picky and we need to be making the most of freezer food & what’s available in the supermarkets

If I do 3-4 of the above per week, I feel like that’s pretty good. No point in aiming for doing everything 7 days of the week, because failure is the most likely outcome.

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Hopefully in a few days I’ll be back with a diary entry detailing all the live workouts I’ve been hosting on Instagram (lol not) but I am aiming to get my balance of chilling & keeping healthy habits up and in a better place.

Chat soon x

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