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How to stay positive in lockdown 3.0

Anxious and unusual times may be upon us again and with that brings unforeseen daily challenges. But with some expert advice and tried and tested well-being life hacks we can all make simple changes that result in a much more positive you. Here are some of our top tips for you to try.

1. Rather than putting pressure on ourselves to ‘always think positive’ or feel any particular way, we are better off being honest and open about how we actually feel. This is a great place to start the journey of living more positively.

2. Evolve your daily routine. Nothing changes if you keep doing the same. Simple changes to what we eat, how much we sleep and how much we exercise will transform how we feel in a month.

3. Incorporate a freezing cold shower into your AM routine. This simple action each day can improve immune function and circulation and sharpens the mind.

4. Conscious breathing improves both your physical and mental health and is a great tool to help handle everyday stresses and challenges. “Deep belly breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.

5. Focus on the now. In order to live in the moment, you need to focus on the now. Stop the mindless scrolling on Instagram and make a conscious effort to be more present in everything you do.

6. Write down what you’re grateful for. This simple step will help you train your brain to be more appreciate of what you do have and stop you focusing so much on what you don’t.

7. Surround yourself with positive thinkers who lift you up. Give people who make you laugh or see things more clearly your time. Limit interaction with negative people in 2021.

8. Treat Yourself. It might sounds very simple but self-care when you’re feeling down should be a top priority. Whatever it is, prioritise it and realise how good it makes you feel.

9. Get out! Never underestimate the power of the great outdoors. Whether it’s for a run, walk or cycle, moving your body and getting fresh air does wonder for our mental health and is a great way to break up the WFH day.

10. Embrace meditation. Even just seven minutes of meditation each day has been shown to improve mood, decrease stress improve sleep. Regular meditators are calmer, have greater self-awareness and have better focus.

11. Slow Down. When you go too fast, think too quickly and act with haste we often find things don’t go to plan. Pause, think, reflect then act and you will more than likely have a more positive outcome.

12. Start the day with a positive affirmation. How you start the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. Have you ever woken up late, panicked, and then felt like nothing good happened the rest of the day? This is likely because you started out the day with a negative thought or emotion and a pessimistic view that carried into every other event you experienced that day.

13. De-clutter your home. Use this time at home wisely and get round to clearing out the cupboard and drawers filled with junk and streamline your wardrobe. You will instantly feel more organised and ready to take on the day!

14. Hold Yourself. Adopting better posture is one of the simplest things we can do to feel more confident and safeguard against injuries and strains.

15. Get your Vitamin D. Supporting our immune systems has never been more important. Simple ways to give your levels a boost include spending more time in sunlight, eat more egg yolks, consume fatty fish, eat foods fortified with Vitamin D naturally and add a clean source of Vitamin D via a supplement.

16. Create something to look forward to each day. Even simple things will make these long days at home more bearable. Make space each day to do something that helps you take a break from what’s going on. Get creative or keep it simple. Whether it’s signing up to a virtual dance class, watching an episode of your favourite box set or simply having a really good bath.

17. Master the basics and by that we mean eat well, drink lots of water, get plenty of sleep. Supporting your immune system is essential in these times and something you can easily do from home. By focusing on the basics of good health you will safeguard your body and mind now and in the future.

18. Create a calming and productive workspace. Find a dedicated space with a comfy chair that supports your back and enhance your area with whatever will boost your moods. Plants, photographs and an organised desk will do wonders for your daily mindset.

19. Make sure you have separate work and relaxation areas if you’re working from home. It’s important when working from home to differentiate you living and working spaces so when it’s time to unwind you’re not sitting in the same spot as you did during your back to back zoom calls.

20. Give Dry January a bash. Give you liver a rest and reset your mind with a month of alcohol free living. You will soon feel and look amazing and festive hangovers will not be forgotten.

21. Meal prep your way through January. Give Deliveroo a break and fill your body with mood boosting foods packed with nutrients. Batch cooking soups, stews and family favourites will make meal times easier and less stressful.

22. When it comes to COVID-19 related news listen to the experts. Avoid getting caught up in hearsay and speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak. Speculation, rumour, and sensationalised social media posts can fuel anxiety check out Mentalhealth.org.uk which advises everyone to limit news consumption to twice a day or to only seek facts from reputable sources. This will help you feel informed and more in control of your choices and behaviour.

23. Stay connected, it’s proven that keeping in close touch with friends, family and support groups can help us feel happier and more secure even if we live alone or have limited human contact during lockdown. Check in with friends, call your family to say hi or arrange a walk with a neighbour. Making sure you speak to someone who lifts your spirits right now has never been more important.

24. Give Intermittent Fasting a try. It a great way to shed Christmas lbs and can also really help heal your gut and reduce inflammation.

25. Smile….might sound very simple but research has shown that it might actually help you feel happier. Feedback sent to the brain from facial muscles can in fact impact the development of emotions. So smile the next chance you get!

26. Give grounding a try. Being connected to earth might sound a little farfetched but bio hackers have long raved about the benefits of grounding. Standing barefoot on the grass might be OK in LA but if you’re UK based and experiencing the big freeze check out grounding mats which are easily available online.

27. Spending more time at home instantly leads to more screen time so invest in blue blocker glasses to protect from blue light given off from screens, which can lead to retina damage.

28. Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill. It’s very easy to lose perspective, especially if you are stressed and you are going too fast but pause, breathe and give yourself the time to grab a little perspective on the situation and you will soon see things differently.

29. Pay it forward. What you send out you tend to get back from the world and the people in it. So think of how a little act if kindness can make a big difference.

30. Find and follow a passion. Make an effort to find something you feel excited about and do it. Volunteer for a charity close to you heart or try a new hobby you have always wanted to try. Studies have shown that people who feel a sense of meaning in their life live longer and have greater life satisfaction.

31. Learn to take criticism in a healthy way. Don’t’ always jump to respond, listen, take it in and then either respond in a positive considered way or just let it go.