If you’re reading disaster stories online, you’re likely to be pretty pessimistic and anxious. On the other hand, having tasks that you schedule and accomplish will help you get your mind off the pandemic winter or off your anxieties, and you wake up in the morning and feel like you have a purpose for getting up.
Lots of folks have lost their usual routines, and that unstructured time can also lead to rumination and passivity, high risk factors for depression. Schedule your day, down to the hour. At the end of the day, check things off and make a to-do list for the next day, so you can look forward to things. Create a set of goals for the week and for the month, then make some longer-term goals.
The reason I suggest scheduling them: If you wait around to feel motivated to do it, you’ll just lie there, ruminate, be passive, and get very little done. Don’t wait to feel inspired or motivated — schedule it and do it. Make it an obligation to yourself.