If you’re struggling to stay motivated during COVID-19, you’re certainly not alone. Some occupational changes are good for motivation, but generally, those are changes that you choose to make when you want to increase your performance at work. With the coronavirus dictating a lot of our daily lives for the majority of 2020, and shorter days and colder nights right around the corner, finding motivation won’t be any easier as we make our way into our first (and hopefully only) COVID-19 winter.
If your company hasn’t done particularly well with the organizational development needed to stay afloat during the pandemic, that motivation may even be (rightfully) harder to find, but here are 5 books that are helping individuals to stay positive-minded and motivated during the new normal.
1. The Power of Positive Thinking
Nothing says “stop thinking negatively” like a book called The Power of Positive Thinking, and with more than 15 million copies sold, there are plenty of people who have discovered that power. Things don’t have to be new to work, and author Norman Vincent Peale penned this book in 1952 and it has been helping people remove negativity from their lives and environments since. It does touch on faith, but certainly not a religious book, as it focuses on keeping mental peace and ways to achieve that goal.
2. Girl, Stop Apologizing
This book, as the name suggests, is written in a tone meant to empower women as well as motivate them, but this Rachel Hollis bestseller is laden with motivating tips and strategies that can help anyone from any gender get out of a funk and accept their awesomeness for what it is. Though much newer than The Power of Positive Thinking, it focuses on the classic feminist issue of following the patriarchy.
Telling the girls to “stop apologizing” is in response to a society that still struggles with stereotypes like “girls shouldn’t be scientists” and many others (many of which are a lot more degrading, as well). Empowerment and positivity are the names of the game with this book that can teach men as much as it teaches women!
3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***
Not a hard book to miss on the shelves, given the title, comedian Mark Manson’s self-help bestseller has been motivating cynics and sarcastic since hitting the shelves four years ago. In a not so subtle manner, Manson delivers tough love on ways to keep yourself happy. It’s funny, sarcastic, and really does make you feel better about things that are beyond your control. Because of its abrasive language, it’s not a bad idea to throw in some meditation after a session with this one!
4. The Little Book of Mindfulness: 10 Minutes a Day to Less Stress, More Peace
Mindfulness is becoming more and more of a praised means of dealing with stress, and this book by Patrizia Collard gives readers tips and tools to use to be able to give yourself ten minutes of mindful “me time” every day, and the effects of these ten minutes prove incredible to a lot of stressed-out readers. With meditation practices and other ways to deal with anxiety a quick read away, this book is great for sharing, too. At less than 100 books, no matter your interest level in reading books, this one can provide a way of finding a little extra peace and positivity in your workday.
5. The Worry Trick
For many of us, it doesn’t matter how far ahead we get in work or in life, stress still proves to be unavoidable. For folks who fit that mold, Stephen Paul Aulridge Jr’s The Worry Trick is a great tool to use to get out of your own head. Primarily focusing on cognitive behavior therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, Aulridge takes readers through a very digestible journey relating to ways to break the cycle of worry that so many have.
6. Short Reads
Even little clips online help get your brain away from the daily grind, so don’t think you need to pick up a novel to lessen your stress, and that can be counterintuitive. Read an amount that you’re comfortable with, and take your time to really learn the strategies!