ACTIVITIES FOR STAYING OPTIMISTIC DURING COVID:

10 WAYS TO STAYING OPTIMISTIC:

1.Take breaks from social media: Sometimes the social platforms can easily turn contentious. For me, it can be too much, and I must take breaks from time to time.

2.Exercise: Take a walk, hike, or bike ride. Perform some sort of movement that you enjoy, especially outside. Be sure to pay attention to nature and life all around you.

3.Write/journal: Writing things down can be a great outlet for emotions and a great way to reveal to you all the things to be grateful for in this life.

4.Have a cup of tea – meaning slow down and take a moment: Make time for yourself each day, even if it is only 10 minutes. Check in with yourself and do something for you.

5.Set limits on how much news you’re consuming: The modern-day news programs are designed to hook viewers and keep them coming back for more. Get what you need to stay informed and then shut it down. Also, consider the sources and make sure they are reputable.

6.Focus on your 4 walls: Things can sometimes seem so out of control; focus on what you can control. Take care of yourself and your immediate family first, and then everything outside your four walls will become so much easier to handle.

7.Seek out “your squad” or those people who lift you up : and who will listen if you need to vent and get out any negativity. Then leave it there. Get it out and then let it go.

8.Cook and eat food that is healthy and nutritious: It will make you feel good that you’re taking steps to take care of yourself and your family.

9.Get proper sleep: This one is a no-brainer for me. It just makes day-to-day life easier to handle with a proper night’s sleep.

10.Try to take it moment by moment: Something I learned a long time ago is to focus on your current situation. You can’t do anything about the past and you can only do your best in the moment for whatever may come.

ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR ANXIETY AND FOCUS ON THE PRESENT MOMENT:

When you are feeling anxious or worried, it is important to acknowledge that you feel this way. A great way of letting go of negative thoughts is journaling. Allocate some time during the day when you can write down all your thoughts and feelings. Then put your notebook away and shift your focus and attention to something else.Expressive writing creates distance between you, and your thoughts and feelings. This can give you an instant feeling of relief and help you gain a fresh perspective to challenge your unhelpful and intrusive thoughts.

MANAGE NUTRITION FOR A HEALTHY BODY AND MIND:

Nourishing your mind and body with high quality nutrients can significantly change the way we think and feel, and be a huge benefit for anybody struggling with mental health. Use the isolation period as an opportunity to cook more, learn a new recipe and eat regular meals high in vegetables, good quality protein and healthy fats.Fuelling your body with the right nutrients will help you feel better, sleep well and have the energy that you need for optimal health and wellbeing.

STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR LOVED ONES:

Maintaining contact with your family and friends is crucial for managing your mental health and staying positive. Even though we are living with social distancing, you can still stay in touch with your loved ones through scheduling regular phone and video calls. You could plan to have dinner, watch a movie or play games with friends over Zoom, FaceTime, Skype or Houseparty.If you’re feeling overwhelmed or worried, it is important to have someone to reach out to. Expressing your worries with someone you trust can help you feel calm and safe. In turn, this can help you access a more positive mindset where you can rationalise your thoughts.

FOCUS ON THE BASICS:

If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important to look after your physical health by getting enough sleep, following a balanced diet and staying active to help you regulate stress and hunger, and to support your immune system. Try and avoid things that might exacerbate your anxiety, such as smoking and alcohol.

ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES YOU ENJOY AND LEARN A NEW SKILL :

Engaging in fun activities can help you relax, and take your mind off a difficult situation. If you are having extra free time at home, use this as an opportunity to learn a new skill, such as read a book, learn a new language, sign up for an online course or improve your fitness levels by trying out new workouts.

SPEND TIME IN THE NATURE:

According to current government guidelines, we are able to get out once a day for one form of exercise, while maintaining social distancing. Use this as an opportunity to spend some time in nature, such as going for a walk or a run in a nearby park. Evidence shows that spending as little as 10 minutes a day in nature can enhance feelings of happiness and reduce stress. Plus exposure to the sun can be a great way of topping up your Vitamin D levels to boost your immunity.

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