5 Tips To Keep Up Your Motivation and Mental Health

Ava Garibay ‘22

It has always been difficult to maintain our mental health and motivation during this time of year. With a pandemic going on, our stress is heightened more than ever. In other words, I think we can all agree that there are a million things to worry about besides our math homework. As Ignatius students, it can be hard to keep up with our busy schedules while also maintaining good mental health. Here are just a few tips to make sure we don’t completely lose all motivation before the end of the school year. 

1. Take care of your body. 

Helping ourselves physically can dramatically improve our mental health. Nourishing our mind and emotional wellbeing starts with nourishing our physical body. Try to eat healthy, get your recommended hours of sleep, and exercise. These do not have to be big changes, but incorporating little modifications can make a big impact on our overall motivation. For example, try eating satisfying snacks to fuel your body and mind. You could also attempt to schedule a bedtime. This will help improve sleeping patterns which can dramatically enhance school performance. 

2. Create small, attainable goals. 

It can be overwhelming to think about all the things we need to get done. Sometimes it’s easier to put off work because of how much energy and time we think it will take to get everything done. If we break large projects into smaller, attainable tasks, it will be much more manageable to tackle. It also saves us the energy of working on one assignment for hours on end.  

3. Limit distractions. 

It can be so easy to distract ourselves from our school work. Everyone has had an instance where they have found themselves aimlessly scrolling through social media while their homework sat untouched in front of them. To prevent this, try turning your phone on silent, leaving your phone in another room, or turning off notifications on your iPad. Without the distractions, it will be easier to focus and finish your tasks. 

4. Schedule times for breaks in your schedule. 

It is equally as important to rest as it is to work. Just like our bodies, our brains need time to rest and recharge. Try to make time for hobbies and things that you enjoy, and spend time with loved ones. Connections with others are extremely important when our motivation is running low. Make sure to surround yourself with people you trust and who can boost your mood. Sometimes a good break is exactly what we need to keep us motivated. 

5. Go easy on yourself. 

This past year has been full of challenges and we are all trying to make things work. Don’t be too hard on yourself when things don’t go according to plan; forgive yourself and try to do better next time. Afterall, we are all doing the best we can to adapt and keep it together.