Now might seem like an unusual time to talk about staying positive, given the current situation with Coronavirus. If you’re not already self-isolating there is a high chance you will be in the coming months so staying positive is key. This is something we’ve never really being asked to do and I’m not going to lie, if I have to self isolate I will struggle. Staying positive is the core ingredient of successfully coping in a crisis. Now more than ever is the time for us to pull together and be proactive about creating happiness and fulfilment in our days (especially in self isolation!).
Here are 6 tips to stay positive during these worrying times:
1. Communication. Social distancing doesn’t mean no social contact. You may not be able to have physical contact with some people but FaceTime, Zoom or Skype calls will help to keep the emotional bond strong. Just being able to see your family or friends faces and know they are ok, will help you feel more positive.
2. Set limits for watching the news. It’s so easy to watch 24 hour news channels these days waiting for the next breaking story. Decide how much time you will spend a day watching the news and stick to it. If you’re constantly listening to gloom and doom it will be hard to stay positive.
3. Appreciate the small things. Yes it’s rubbish being stuck indoors for a long period of time or not being able to go out to the cinema or pub, but be grateful for the things you do have. Use the time to do those jobs you haven’t had time for and always look for the positive in a situation.
4. Keep active. As well as being good for your physical health, keeping active is equally as important for your mental health. There are plenty of exercises you can do in the house or garden (within social distancing guidelines). Use the time to try something new, perhaps an online yoga class or other fitness class.
5. Quality time. Use a lockdown to spend quality time with the family members who live with you. Play the boardgames you’ve been putting off or binge watch a box set that you just haven’t had time for. Also take the time to really talk to your partner or kids, or give them extra hugs to make them feel safe.
6. Practise kindness. You may be at low risk to the virus but your elderly neighbour may not be. Give them your phone number and make sure you check in with them to see if they need any help. Kindness costs nothing and at times like this our true colours really shine through.
Fostering positive emotions has a huge impact on your mental health and will increase your overall resilience. Stay safe and let’s get through this together.
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