During lockdown I have tried various ways of keeping my motivation and mental health on an even keel. The two things I have learned are firstly, a routine that includes productivity, exercise, reflection and eating healthily will, for the most part, see me good. If you have a timetable and do the same things at the same time, then you get into a healthy flow. I use structured routine as a way of framing my adventures and this allows me to add a little predictability to something that inherently isn’t.
Secondly, accepting that we are going to have down days and find things difficult, and learning to allow ourselves to go through that without feeling pressure to always be happy is really important. We can’t be on all the time and there will be times that we need to ask for help and acknowledge the struggle. Everyone is going to struggle and that is part of being human. Bouncing back is the goal and sometimes we can’t do that alone, but there is always someone willing to help if we just ask.