Seven Ways To Stay Positive During Lockdown

How to stay positive in frustrating times

Seven Ways To Stay Positive During Lockdown

In these very weird times, we need to stay optimistic.

Covid-19 had got almost the whole world on lockdown. People are only allowed to leave their homes for absolute necessities. Things like exercise, dog walking, and shopping for essentials are allowed. But everything else is cancelled. Sports events, festivals, and now gatherings of 2 or more people! So being confined to our homes might seem like an ideal situation for the introverts among us. But it’s not going to stay that way. There will come a time when you start to feel down, lonely, bored and negative.

And when you’re stuck in your house, the last thing you want is for depression to start creeping in. So how can you stay positive when you’re housebound?

Watch Your Favourite Movie

Unless it’s contagion or outbreak, then watch your favourite film. Especially if it’s one you used to watch when you were a kid. My go to movie for cheering myself up is “Mrs Doubtfire.” It never fails to cheer me up just a bit.It might seem too simple to work, but it does. It’s a scientific fact that things from your childhood can induce a more positive state as an adult. So watch your favourite childhood movies, find your favourite cartoons and play some online video games.Children are happy little things, and copying them can help make you happy.

Try To Keep Busy

Boredom is so bad for you. For everyone, really. Being bored means your brain has time to think. And this means it has time to overthink. Especially in times like this. I know this because I over think everything. Which is why I have had to keep myself busy pretty much all day every day for the past month. Even when you’ve done all your housework and exercise. there’s still stuff to do. Whatever annoying little job you’ve been putting off, do it. If you’ve done all the annoying jobs, read a book, write a book or start learning that skill you’ve been promising yourself for so many years.

Do Something Nice

It doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Even something as basic as buying a couple of items for the food bank is great. But doing something nice for someone else will make you feel a lot more positive. And it will help balance the world from those who have been trying to profit from other people’s misery. But when you commit this random act of kindness, don’t tell anyone. Don’t put it on social media. You can do nice things for other people without telling the whole world about it.

Exercise

It’s a medical fact that exercise can help lift your mood. It’s one of the reasons that doctors recommend it. Along with the physical benefits, they know it has major psychological benefits too. Get whatever exercise you can, however long you’re allowed out for, get your fill. If your mobility is limited, do whatever exercise you can manage. Even if it’s really gentle, at least it’s something.

Stay Off Social Media

I know you’re bored and it’s hard. But social media is probably the worst place you could visit. With the doom and gloom brigade telling us to bring in martial law. And the news companies telling you how terrible everything is. Plus, every coronavirus expert in the comments section will have you donning your tin foil hat in no time. Like I say, I know it kills some time, but it’ll kill your spirit faster.

Make A Promise To Yourself

Write down a list of things that you’re going to do when this is all over. Whether it’s visit someone more or worry less about small things. It doesn’t matter what it is, write it down and put it somewhere safe. The second you come out of lockdown, do one of those things. And do one every week if you can. But you should definitely do one of the things on your list on the first day you’re allowed back to normal. It will help you feel like something good has come out of this whole horrendous situation.

Try To See The Positive In This

This might be massively inconvenient for you. I know it has been for us and we live in a van! But we understand how important this is. We understand that people’s lives will be saved. Time will be bought and action can be taken, all by staying inside. You might be “stuck at home,” but you’re safe at home. Your family and friends are safe, and everyone’s in the same situation right now.

Stay Safe

Stay safe and follow government guidelines. It might not feel like it, but this will come to an end. And the more sensible we are, the sooner that will happen.

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Claire Raymond
Claire Raymond
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