Hey everyone. How are you doing? I hope you are well and I sincerely mean that.
At the moment the number one subject on everyone’s lips is the coronavirus which Claudio wrote about in a recent post, and I just feel that fear is gripping the nation – it’s a difficult time for many of us. Although I believe that everyone is doing their best to keep calm and carry on, it really is impacting lives across the globe.
If you’re finding yourself overwhelmed by the bombardment of news reports, media coverage, social media updates and maybe just trying to stay focused on completing uni work, just know that there are ways to be still in the storm.
When we wake up in the morning and start to do a mental breakdown of what our day will look like, sometimes, with the added pressures of what’s happening in the news, it’s no wonder we just want to crawl under a rock and hide. And guess what? What we think about can drive our emotions, so if we can manage to control our thoughts, we’ll be able to fuel a little positivity into our day.
To help us get in the right mindset for the days that lie ahead, I’ve listed a few ways that we can inject some positivity (and of course there are more ways than this).
Some tips for you:
I know for me that a good amount of sleep and rest is important for self-care (I mentioned this in my previous post about boosting your immune system). It really gives a good start to the day so start with this one.
Prayer, meditation or reading/listening to something inspiring sets the tone for your day, I’ve tried and tested it. Even if you just think happy thoughts, it will create happy emotions – simple, isn’t it?
If you’re physically able to do this one, morning stretches will relax your body and if you focus on good breathing techniques, this can really help to positively fuel your day.
Take a step back and just be! In the race of everyday life, sometimes we might feel that we’re losing valuable time if we even stop for a few moments, but it’s important for good emotional health and wellbeing. Put your phone away, avoid social media, take a long walk or ride your bike, get away from anything related to home, work or study – take in a breath of fresh air.
Find something that makes you laugh. I’m not talking about corona jokes, I mean totally unrelated to current events. Laughter is good food for the soul and it has been scientifically proven to reduce stress.
Have an energy boosting smoothie or nutritious breakfast. Now is a great time to try sticking to a daily routine to boost immunity and maintain good energy levels.
Whatever you do to positively fuel your day, do it well!
Have a lovely weekend.