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Hub World – Motivation

Hub World – Motivation (February)

Welcome back to Hub World!

This month, we turned the Safe In Our World spotlight on to the topic of motivation. What strikes me most about the word ‘motivation’ is that it can carry so many different meanings, depending on the individual and what it means to them to be motivated. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of motivation? Is it tied to your career, the day-to-day, or maybe your social life? Ultimately, motivation is a constant – it’s what drives us to do pretty much anything. But, because everyone views motivation differently, it can be difficult to gauge or feel a sense of motivation if your view is based on another persons perceived success (as a result of seemingly limitless motivation juice).

Motivation is not directly tied to material success – we should congratulate ourselves more for the little things. You got out of bed today? Great! You spent some time with friends or loved ones? Amazing! If you can keep going through the day-to-day, no matter how mundane the task, you are motivated by something.

To get myself motivated, I try and immerse myself as much as possible in something – anything that drives my interest and will feed into other areas of my life, because it makes me happy to do so. Be that playing through Persona 5 Strikers, which is taking me on a wonderfully vibrant tour of Japan, or immersing myself in Final Fantasy XIV Online in order to fuel my passion at work.

Let’s take a look at all of the different ways other members of the Safe In Our World community keep themselves, and each other, motivated!

Antonela Pounder

Over the past year, keeping the mind active and staying motivated has been more important than ever. I’ve spent my spare time looking for ways to improve in my career, engaged in arts and crafts, had regular online gaming sessions with friends, set DIY projects (even if it’s only a small project to rearrange the stuff in our house) and began planning future trips for when we can travel the world safely again. These might be small things, but they have really helped to keep me motivated over the past 11 months.

Richard Lee Breslin

It can be difficult to keep yourself motivated at times and I can forget how those around me offer inspiration on a daily basis.

Whether it’s family or friends, sometimes it can be forgotten that you have people who would love the world for you if they could. Sometimes it can be easy to take that love for granted and I’ve been guilty of that myself.

Whether it’s loved ones, a friend that you game with, or a social media buddy. Inspiration and motivation can often be right under our noses, even if we don’t know it. Sometimes I have to take a step back to realise how amazing family and friends can be.

Sarah Sorrell

So staying motivated whilst working from home all day everyday is a challenge. I find little rewards really help me, for example after a certain amount of work that I need to get done I treat myself to 10-15 minutes of selfcare and do something I enjoy. This could be painting my nails, reading a few pages of my book, or phoning a friend just to escape for few minutes and re-charge my batteries. Especially in the winter, the days are long so it’s important to break them down into manageable sections and celebrate what you have achieved each day – that may be something big or small, or just even getting though the day.

Sarah Sorrell

Rosie Taylor

I’ve found that my motivation has been a rollercoaster throughout the pandemic, so I try to work with what I’ve got. Surrounding myself with positive and encouraging people has helped me find my own ways to bring myself out of a motivation-less hole. The main thing I do is try to set lots of small easy goals, rather than big ones; breaking down big tasks makes me feel more accomplished and means I can celebrate little victories, which spur me on to keep going.

 

Matt Murphy

I was a child of the ZX Spectrum era, and so Way of the Exploding Fist and Saboteur were my Persona 5 Strikers and Dying Light 2, as I saved my pocket money to buy the latest cassette games.  But my love for games never waned over the years even if my access did, as work and now kids became my primary focus.  I have a son who is 5 and a daughter aged 3, and so they aren’t quite ready to outwit mummy and daddy at Among Us just yet.  But I’ve started to use video games as another way to have fun with my children during lockdown at the weekend when we have a spare hour – especially given the creative challenges facing the social secretary for two small children on a Saturday!  Yeah it’s not the latest AAA, but my son loves it when we both play the Lego Movie game together.  It focuses him on teamwork, fine motor skills, problem solving and the fact that you can’t always win – a pretty cool life lesson if you ask me.  It’s great for our souls in these stressful times and as long as he can be Emmet then everything is awesome.


Emma Withington is a freelance writer and PR account executive at Bastion who has worked on campaigns for a variety of titles, including Control and Final Fantasy XIV: Online.

She is currently spending time focusing on the wider community and how she can help others through her personal journey with mental health.

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Hub World – Loneliness

Hub World – Loneliness (January)

Welcome to Hub World! Each month I will be discussing a topic we have been reflecting on throughout the month and how we, as a community, tackle it in our daily lives.

Loneliness and isolation is a complex feeling that comes in many forms, rather than it’s strongest association of being physically alone. You can feel lonely surrounded by hundreds of people, or even within a group of close friends and loved ones. This might be because you feel like you are unable to connect with those around you on an emotional level, which in turn leads to putting on a social mask in order to interact with others in the day to day – so as not to feel like a burden to those around you.

Last month at Safe In Our World, we thought about loneliness, the impact it has had on us and those around us and how we have tackled this feeling – particularly during the pandemic.

During this time, one of the most important things for me was to find a way to reconnect with my mum, who lives alone and has had a tough few months. When I was young, we used to play video games together – or she would watch and experience a game’s narrative with me. That’s something that we have been missing since we began living apart, so I hatched a plan to bring her back into that world via the Nintendo Switch and online play in Animal Crossing.

I spent several hours over Christmas setting up an ‘event space’ on my Animal Crossing Island, filled with presents and decorations. Once my mum had received the Switch, we spent time talking over the phone as she learned the basics of the game and after a couple of days I brought her to my island, where she was surprised with a variety of goodies! It’s one of the best decisions I have made during lockdown and it has been a joy to see her re-engage with games again and for us to be able to play together like we used to.

Antonela Pounder

Our ability to go wherever whenever has been taken away from all of us, which I’ve found brings about a feeling of loneliness, even if you don’t live alone. Forming new friendships with others through current friendships has been incredible. We basically now have our own online support bubble where we talk about anything and everything (but try to avoid COVID chat!) Calls almost every evening has helped hugely, whether this be on Discord or using PlayStation parties, as well as engaging in online multiplayer gaming sessions together. Regular communication has been key, whether it be with friends, family and/or colleagues.

Marie Shanley

As the world deals with loneliness caused by the isolation of the pandemic, the advice that I have given out over and over on the channel is to check out streaming platforms and try to connect with others who share your interests: whether that’s gaming, knitting, painting miniatures, or anything else really.

The best thing is seeing people find lasting friendships, as they are connecting with others through various platforms. My stream is centred around mental health discussions, so friendships are forged through helping to support others with similar mental health concerns.

Richard Lee Breslin

It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do and how many people you have around you. We can (and have) all experience loneliness in our lives.

Despite being a happily married man with a wonderful son, I can still feel lonely. I have a tendency to lock my troubles away in the back of my mind and my reluctance to talk can isolate me despite being surrounded by loving people. During times of the global pandemic we can be cut-off from seeing loved ones and friends. Thankfully we have modern day technology and social media at our call.

Social media has played a huge role in our lives pre-pandemic but now it’s more important than ever. If there are some positives taken from this pandemic, it’s made me cherish those smaller moments and I’ve even gained some great friends.

I know it may feel difficult at times not being with friends and loved ones, but if you can, don’t cut yourself off from your world. Let your loved ones and friends know that you’re thinking of them, because they’ll be feeling the same about you too.

Harry Burton

Loneliness can easily creep up on you, I have personally found that it can be the first step leading to a downward spiral – usually leading to less focus on caring for your own mental health and wellbeing needs.

Something which has helped me considerably is Digital Fitness through social media and applications such as Peloton and Nike. No matter your equipment or goals there are communities to help you stay focused, spread positivity and offer advice. Particularly on Facebook and Strava I have connected with new people through the shared vision of reaching our goals.

You’ll find people are eager to listen and support you through the pursuit of staying active!

The Demented Raven

Whenever some of my friends have had a rough day or feel alone, we decide to play video games to brighten up our day. One of these games is Overwatch and it always ends up with wholesome laughs, silliness, banter and pure joys of friendship. Video games have the power to really help people reach out and are a reminder that you’re never alone. 

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Emma Withington is a freelance writer and PR account executive at Bastion who has worked on campaigns for a variety of titles, including Control and Final Fantasy XIV: Online.

She is currently spending time focusing on the wider community and how she can help others through her personal journey with mental health.

Twitter.

Skills utilised:
Covid 19, News

Play for Less

Let’s talk about money. There’s no doubt that for most, video games are a treat rather than something you buy every week. Spending money now has the added complication from COVID-19, as many of us are under pressures from work, on furlough, or without a regular source of income.

For most countries across the world, restrictions are meaning spending more time indoors, away from friends and family. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to combat this and connect virtually with your loved ones. Whether it’s sharing a treasured game with a fellow gamer, exploring different styles of games, or looking to jump into the world of gaming – there is something for everyone.

We’ve curated a thrifty list of platforms where you can source free games, free trials or fantastic deals, so it’s one less thing to worry about if you need to escape the world for a little while…

 

PC

FanaticalFanatical have regular Steam bundles that are heavily discounted, and occasionally offer free games as well.

Humble Bundle Humble Bundle offer discounted games, bundles, and occasionally a free game to download too.

Epic GamesEpic are well known for offering one free game a week, as well as featuring free-to-play games and discounts.

Indie GalaOffers bundles, discounts, giveaways and free-to-play games.

SteamLots of free-to play games, regular discounts and sale events.

StadiaFree trial to premier membership (cancel at any time) to access games collections.

Blizzard NetOffers free-to-play games as well as discounted games.

Arena NetOffers free-to-play games, such as Guild Wars.

 

PlayStation

PlayStation Plus – Free Trial – Sub Cost – Platform – PS4/5

PlayStation Now – Free Trial – Sub Cost – Platform – PS4

 

Xbox

Xbox Gold – Free Trial – Sub Cost – Platform – Xbox

Xbox Game Pass – $1 Trial – Platform – PC / Console / Mobile

 

Nintendo

Nintendo Membership – Free Trial – Sub Cost – Platform – Switch

 

Mobile

iOS – There are hundreds of free games and apps available on the Apple store – from tetris to open world RPGs, explore the store to find something up your street.

Android – Again, hundreds of free games available on Android. You’d be surprised at what you can find!

Humble Bundle As with PC, Humble Bundle offer discounted games, bundles, and occasionally a free game to download too.

StadiaFree trial to premier membership (cancel at any time) to access games collections.

 

Skills utilised:
Covid 19, News

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