I hope everyone is well today and looking after themselves after the sudden news yesterday – a second lockdown in England.
I was hoping that the rumours yesterday were simply just that but unfortunately it became apparent that these were indeed true. I really wanted to believe that the prime minister wasn’t going to put us into another national lockdown, I was hoping that there would be just more local lockdowns if need be but I guess they simply weren’t working! I understand the need for a second lockdown but it doesn’t make it any easier, I’m sure most people found the first lockdown pretty difficult, myself included, and I’m sure the thought of another lockdown hasn’t been easy for most people to hear.
This is why I wanted to write a post about how we can try and keep positive over the next month, so without further ado, let’s get right into it!
Talk to the people you love
Whether this be family or friends, it is really important to spend time talking to the people you love, this really helps to lift your mood if you’re feeling a little low and can also help to ground you when you may feel like things are spiralling out of control. This is particularly important if you are living alone or are away from your family and friends.
Spending time outside
I always find that spending time outdoors in the countryside helps when I’m feeling low or anxious. It helps to centre me and takes my mind off how I am feeling. I grew up in the countryside and now live in the city so I always find that getting outside for a peaceful walk relaxes me and makes me appreciate the little things. I truly believe that fresh air makes the world of difference and helps to refresh your mind.
Be kind to yourself
This is one that I need to learn to do more of myself, I am fairly self -critical and find that these type of thoughts are a lot of the time behind why I am feeling a certain type of way. I think you should always be kind to yourself, life is hard, even more so when there’s a global pandemic that restricts us from doing the things that we love. It doesn’t matter if you’ve put on weight, have hardly exercised or haven’t kept on top of cleaning your home. In the grand scheme of things, we should just be grateful that we are alive and well. I have definitely been quite critical of myself these past months, not going to the gym, eating more junk food and simply not doing the things I used to do before lockdown due to sheer lack of motivation. I have to remind myself all the time to stop being so unkind and to look at things in the bigger picture. I need to just be grateful that I am healthy and still have a job right now.
Do things you love
Obviously I know we can’t go out right now on days out or to restaurants/drinks etc but we can still be creative and think about what hobbies we can do whilst indoors. Whether that be reading, writing, painting, drawing or playing a musical instrument, if you enjoy it then it will certainly lift your mood and help you feel more positive. In the first lockdown I started my blog and have been writing since, I have always enjoyed writing and took the time to start a blog from scratch and make my own little space.
Okay guys those are my suggestions for how we can keep positive during the second upcoming lockdown starting this Thursday. I know they are nothing new but they are definitely some of the things which help me.
Please feel free to add any suggestions in the comments below or let me know what helps you keep positive?
Please take care of yourself, physically and mentally – this lockdown will be tough for everyone. If anyone is struggling or wants a friendly chat then my DM’s are always open – don’t hesitate to message me on my instagram (ellierosee_).
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