In these anxious and uncertain times, sometimes the only thing you can do is stay positive and keep going. This might seem hard to do but unfortunately all you can do is play your part and patiently wait for the storm to end. Be grateful for what you have in your life, accept that things are out of your hands but the way you react and deal with your situation is completely up to you. Here are ten tips to help you stay positive during lockdown.
1. Remember you’re not alone
It’s easy to feel alone during lockdown, when you can’t visit your friends and family like you use to, but the first thing you need to do is remind yourself that you’re not alone. We’re all going through this together, we’re all experiencing change and uncertainty. Whether you’re missing your friends and family, missing important life events or missing your busy social life, you’re not alone.
There will be days when you feel normal and you have the energy to get on with things, but there will also be days when it’s hard to get dressed and find a reason to get up from the sofa. I’ve been there, we all have our ups and downs.
2. Talk to others
Because of social distancing we can’t go out to see our friends and family like we use to, but we can still talk to them and video call them. When you’re feeling alone, upset, angry or just fancy a chat, pick up the phone and speak to a loved one. If you’re going through something which you don’t feel your friends and family can relate to, then reach out to other communities.
There are lots of Facebook groups for different communities which you might find helpful at this time. For example, I have joined a couple of wedding groups for brides effected by Covid-19. Speaking to other brides and couples who are going through the same thing as me is really supportive.
3. Make a list
Make a list of all the things you can do while you’re in lockdown, here’s some ideas to get your started:
- DIY projects to do around the house
- Art and crafts for you and the kids
- Films and series you want to binge on
- Recipes you want to cook or bake
- Books you want to read
4. Distract yourself with a fun project
Stay positive during lockdown by distracting yourself with a fun project. Are there any projects around the house or in the garden (if you have one) that you can dive into and distract your yourself with? If there’s no DIY projects around the house, there will be plenty of other things you could do. Have you ever thought about starting a blog? Doing an online course? If you have been furloughed during this time then why not use your spare time to earn some extra money. Check out my post about 10 simple things to create and sell online.
5. Send love
When you’re feeling down, a good way to cheer yourself up is to send love to another person. Bringing happiness to someone else will make you feel good too. So send some love to someone and make there day! Here are some ideas:
- Write a letter to a loved one
- Create a care package (books, chocolates, candles, etc)
- Send flowers
- Bake a cake and leave it at a loved ones door
6. Cut down on the News
It’s good to stay informed, especially when the law is changing regularly in regards to social distancing and lockdown rules. But once you’re up to date with the latest information, switch off from the News and do something else. When you’re keeping up to date with the News, only listen to the government and respected health advisers. There are a lot of articles and misinformation about Covid-19 and social distancing, which have been written to sell fear.
Stay positive during lockdown by exercising regularly. When you’re in a negative frame of mind, it’s easy to not want to exercise. When you’re feeling down and sorry for yourself, exercising is the last thing you want to do. But if you can find the energy to get up and do a little bit of exercise it will help you feel better and stay positive during lock down. You don’t need to go for a long run, you don’t even need to leave the house, you can do something at home. Start small and do 20 squats, if your legs aren’t aching go for 30! Or do star jumps for 1 minute. Do anything that will get your blood pumping and your body moving.
Here’s some short exercise videos to get you started:
- 5 minute workout with The Body Coach
- 5 minute fat burner with Bailey Brown
- 5 minute butt and thigh workout with Fitness Blender
- 10 minute arm toner with Blogilates
8. Journal your thoughts and feelings
While I was feeling overwhelmed about our wedding this year, one of the things I did was journal. I used a journal to write out my thoughts and feelings. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and it’s making your feel anxious, journaling is a really good exercise to do. It will help you let go of negative thoughts and start making room for positive energy and positive thoughts.
9. Set goals and make plans
Even though you can’t make any wild plans for 2020 you can still set yourself goals for the future and plan out future events, trips and occasions. You probably won’t be making any bookings or concrete plans just yet, but you can still map out your vision and goals. Because this storm will pass and the doors will open again, and when they do, what will you be doing? Where will you be going? Take this a step further and create a dream board for when things are back to normal.
10. Keep to a routine
It can be hard to stick to a routine when you’re working from home and even harder if you’re not working during this time. But there are some little things you can do to keep to a routine while you’re at home. Here are some suggestions:
- Wake up at the same time during the work week
- Eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner around the same time
- Set yourself days and times when you will workout
- Set yourself a time when you will chill out and watch TV
- Set a bedtime during the work week
Sending love and positive vibes.