We are all going through a daunting time right now and even though it can be easy to get caught up in a negative mindset I’m doing my best to look on the bright side. Now don’t get me wrong I still have my off days, I feel ‘blah’, have no motivation and just want to spend the day in bed binge watching Netflix but that’s okay, it’s normal we are all going to have them days but I wanted to share with you a few things I am doing to remain positive (majority of the time) to hopefully help or inspire you.
- Separate your work and home life.
Easier said than done when being stuck in the house 24/7 I know but this is one of the key points in staying sane. Try and stick to your usual work schedule as much as possible. For example give yourself a full lunch break, don’t work from bed and make sure you’re not getting caught up in house chores while in ‘working’ hours.
I have a blog post coming up about working from home so will go into more detail about this then.
- Create a calming environment.
This will differ for each person, what is ‘calming’ for me may not work for you but the main point here is to make your home environment your happy place. For me it’s candles, photo’s of my favourite people and having a tidy spring cleaned house that makes me feel happiest.
- Book in FaceTime dates.
We might not be able to see our friends and family physically but we are so lucky to have video calls to keep us connected with our loved ones. Rather than calling your friends and family for a quick chat make it feel like a real date, as if you were actually off to meet them for brunch. Book in a time and have lunch together or even a glass of wine in the evening, sit down and catch up without distractions.
- Be productive.
I saw a quote the other day that read ‘ Time is the most expensive thing but when we have too much of it we don’t know what to do with it’ and that couldn’t be more true in our current reality.
Use this time to do all the odd jobs you’ve been putting off, take up a new hobby, read your favourite foods, declutter your house. Keep yourself busy, there’s plenty of thing’s you can be doing with your time to keep your mind busy.
I’m not talking about completing an hour HIIT workout or working on your abs (even though if you want to then there’s no harm in that), I’m talking about starting your day right and clearing your mind. Start your day off with yoga, or finish your day with a long walk (which we are currently still allowed to do). It’s important to get some form of exercise in, not to help you physically, even though it’s a bonus but to help clear your mind and to get those endorphins flowing.
I notice such a difference in my day when I miss out on my morning work out’s. I’m less productive and focused, I also feel unmotivated!
- Avoid binge watching tv.
The thought of sitting in front of the tv for 5 hours watching your favourite Netflix series may sound like fun but will not benefit you in the long run. My flat mate and I have made a conscious decision to avoid nights in front of the tv, not because we don’t enjoy them (because trust me I’m very good at watching 10 episodes of my favourite series in a row) but if we were in our usual routine we wouldn’t have time to sit in front of the tv anyway and you can get yourself into a dangerous hole. So we usually spend our evenings cooking dinner and listening to good music which brings me onto my next point.
- Listen to good music/podcasts.
I’ve swapped tv for music and podcasts and I can’t explain how much joy it brings me. Create yourself good playlists and listen to your favourite songs, songs that bring you joy and will instantly put you in a good mood.
The same goes for podcasts, there’s so many great podcasts out there to help you stay motivated or even if you just want a good laugh!
- Don’t be too hard on yourself.
This is one of my worst habits and something I’m trying to be better at everyday but please do not be too hard on yourself. If you see everyone posting their workouts on instagram but the most productive thing you’ve done all day is put the kettle on then that’s fine, do not beat yourself up. We are all going to have slower more unproductive days at some point, it’s just no one really shares those moments on instagram. We’re all in a brand new situation, a situation no one really knows how to handle so there is no right or wrong.
Just do what’s best for you, don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. We’re not competing!
- Surround yourself with positive people.
Of course I don’t mean physically (this is against the rules folks!) but now is as good time as any to look at the people you are surrounding yourself with. If you don’t want to make small talk with that guy you don’t want to offend then don’t, if you don’t want to entertain that negative friend that just brings you down then don’t!
Time’s like these will really make you realise who is worth your energy and who make’s a positive impact in your life.
The older I get the more I realise it really is about quantity and not quality and I hope you all have positive, warm people in your life who make you feel loved daily.
I would love to hear what keeps you positive?