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How I plan to stay positive during lockdown

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

Fresh Air

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.

Reading

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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Sleep

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.