When Motivation is Low Try Self Compassion

Three weeks ago I tested positive for COVID for the first time.

I know I’m incredibly lucky to have avoided it prior to the vaccines and that really my experience was not very different from a bad cold. And it only lasted a few days and then I was left with an irritating cough which has now almost gone.

But this week is the first week that I have felt able to live my life the way I had been doing previously. It’s not that I was wiped out or anything like that; yes, I had to set the alarm later because I struggled to get out of bed, but it was more a lack of motivation than a lack of energy.

Mug on bed — text on mug: I woke up like this #tired
Image by Toa Heftiba via Unsplash

I wasn’t able to achieve things on my to do list, or even engage in activities I usually enjoy such as playing the guitar or going for a walk. Again it was nothing to do with my energy levels, I just couldn’t be bothered.

So I chose to let myself go at a slower pace. Didn’t worry about getting chores done. Stopped focusing on my non-work projects. Ate a few too many sweet treats. Read a LOT of books.

But the past couple of days I’ve felt my normal self.

And I’m just sharing here as this isn’t something I was aware of could happen as a result of having had COVID.

Perhaps the two things aren’t linked, but it makes sense to me that they are.

The takeaway from this is that if you lose motivation, even to do the things you usually enjoy, it doesn’t have to mean a failing on your part: there may well be a reason for it.

Be kind to yourself and wait for it to pass. Yes, try to get going again, but don’t be harsh with yourself if you still need time.

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