Life as we know if has changed significantly since the outbreak of COVID 19 and many of us are finding ourselves out of sync. Keeping our spirits high and maintaining a healthy mindset during these unprecedented times can seem like a challenge but we have broken down some key strategies on how to stay positive during self-isolation.
1. STICK TO A ROUTINE
Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time. Kick start your day with some good habits so you can begin the day feeling fresh and ready to go. ALWAYS shower and get dressed for the day. There is nothing more de-motivating than sitting around in your dressing gown all day. How you dress can have a huge impact on your overall mood for the day. Allow time for work as well as self-care in every day.
2. SET DAILY GOALS & EAT THAT FROG
Write down 3 personal or work related goals for the day and structure your day around achieving these.
Don’t procrastinate….. Start with the biggest, most important and most dreaded task and then work through the rest. At the end of the day you will be able to reflect and feel a sense of achievement. For expert advice on goal setting read ‘Eat that frog’ by Brian Tracy. A summary of this book can be found HERE
3. REMEMBER, THIS IS ONLY TEMPORARY
It seems like in the midst of this pandemic that it will never end. Remember that this is going to be a moment in time and we will return to feeling free, safe and connected in the days ahead.
4. MOVE YOUR BODY
30 minutes of physical activity each day will support your mental health as this boosts your serotonin levels. Serotonin is known as the ‘happy chemical’ as it contributes to your well being and happiness. So get moving and stay happy. Simple!
Self-isolation is no excuse to give up your fitness regime. Join a virtual boot-camp, search YouTube for exercise videos that suit your ability level or even create your very own lounge room dance party.
5. DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE…
Mindful breathing is the best signal to your body and mind that you are safe and ok.
10 minutes of mindful mediation is a great way to block out the noise give you an opportunity to relax and refocus. If you are a beginner to meditation, check out the HEADSPACE or CALM to get you started.
6. STAY CONNECTED
Isolation can take its toll and it’s more important than ever to stay connected with friends and loved ones. It’s never been easier to stay in touch with FaceTime, Houseparty, Skype, phone or text. Remember, your kids miss their friends too, so set up virtual play dates with friends over Facebook Messenger, FaceTime or Zoom. Keep in touch with your local or professional community with Facebook groups or online forums.
7. DIVE IN TO A NEW PROJECT
Use this time for personal development, enroll in an online course, learn how to play the guitar, complete a virtual art class or learn a language. Find something that will keep you busy, distracted, and engaged to take a break from what is going on in the outside world.
8. FIND A SPACE TO RETREAT
It’s important create a space within your home for relaxation. Quarantine can feel like we are living on top of each other, which is why it’s important to create a space to be alone. For kids this could be a cosy cubby house with pillows and blankets and books. For adults this could be a corner in the garden or a bedroom.
9. EAT WELL
This goes hand-in-hand with physical exercise. Healthy fresh food fuels our bodies with the vitamins and nutrients we need. These nutrients support our immunity and our mood. Highly processed or sugar-loaded foods deprive you of important nutrients and make you feel sluggish.
Challenge yourself to cook or try something new.
10. SAVOIR THE SMALL MOMENTS OF HAPPINESS
Positive emotions help undo the negative effects of stress. Savoir the things that make you happy such as the smell of fresh baking in the oven, the sound of your child giggling, the first sip of coffee in the morning or the freedom you feel dancing to your favourite song. This is a sure fire way to channel those positive vibes.
You are NOT ALONE in this period of self-isolation, this is affecting EVERYONE, EVERYWHERE. We all need to ride out the storm and come out safe and happy.
Imagine what that first hug, that first meal out, that first holiday is going to feel like once this all comes to an end.
We are all in this together, and with our combined efforts we WILL get through this.
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Stay safe and stay positive, from our family to yours.