It is January 2021 and we are in lockdown in the UK. We are having to be teachers to our children, work from home, and be in each other’s company 24/7 for the next few weeks. It’s pretty challenging times! So I thought I would share with you what I am doing to help me stay positive and in control (as much as I can be) during lockdown
I am making sure I get outside every single day, come rain or shine. Fresh air really boosts my mood and helps my mind to slow down and forget about my to-do list and all that is going on in the world.
I like to combine my daily fresh air with a walk (having a dog helps!) because I find walking really helps me to switch off.
Gratitude, Journaling and Daily Affirmations
I am digging deep into my daily gratitude practice – so that my brain focuses on the good stuff in my life, rather than the sh*t.
I use a book called the 5 minute journal (link here). The journal also encourages you to write down your daily affirmations and I am finding doing this really helps me set my intention for the day and head into the day feeling stronger and more positive about the day ahead.
I am trying to spend a few minutes each day reading for pleasure (not for personal or business development but for pure relaxation). It takes my mind to places that aren’t my to-do list and this helps me to wind down and relax.
Lower Intensity Exercise
I am choosing to tone down my exercise. I know I am juggling a lot right now and I know that my body and mind will be under more stress than normal so I don’t want to add to that through my exercise regime. I want my exercise regime to release the happy hormones and help me switch off but I don’t want the extra physical stress that high intensity exercise creates.
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I am making sure I prioritise sleep. Sleep is, and always has been, a huge priority for me but right now I can tell I need more sleep than normal so I am making sure that happens.
Reducing my To-Do List
I spend some time on a Sunday evening working out what NEEDS to be done in the coming week. Everything else can wait! And then each day I pick 1-3 items from that list to achieve that day (if I get more done then great but if I just get my short list of items done then I still feel like I’ve succeeded)
Ordering Recipe Boxes
In the last lockdown I got utterly fed up of thinking about food so this time I have decided to order a recipe box from Hello Fresh. We have enough to think about with home learning, work and family life that I just want to make it as easy as possible for us to continue to eat healthy meals and not have to think too much about it.