Give Yourself a Break

Dr. Jim,
The stress/anxiety I am feeling as a result of all the sudden changes due to COVID-19 is affecting my motivation to work. What should I do?
-Louise*

 

Hi Louise,
This reminds me, yesterday afternoon I was in the grocery store, and I got to the point that I was so frustrated I just wanted to lay down in the aisle like a 2 year-old having a temper tantrum. That’s part of what we are all experiencing these days.

About motivation, the number one thing to remember is take regular breaks throughout the day. Do not try to do everything at once or stay glued to your seat all day. You’ve got to take breaks, it’s really important.

Another thing that is really useful is calling one of your colleagues to have a conversation about your shared experience, the good, the bad, the ugly, and the beautiful. Or you might want to get everybody on team together on camera for a brief portion of the day so everyone can interact with each other as you would in the office. That can help with motivation and could add a little humour to the day, raising the levity of the team, which can be very helpful.
– Dr. Jim

 

*names have been changed