Hang on in there

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Hang on in there Life After Lockdown Diaries - Week 2

Life After Lockdown Diaries – Hang on in there

How are you all feeling?. It’s been a tough week for a number of reasons. I have also felt so tired recently. Whilst before lockdown, I was used to long commutes and working hard. Now we live our lives against a backdrop of fear. We need to learn to manage our fears, which is why I thought I would write up about Positive Thinking Day. Something really important to us all. I avoid watching the news, but no-one can avoid watching the numbers of Coronavirus increasing and the barrage of news about the state of the world right now.

Are you ok?

How are you all feeling? Are you ok?

It has taken a while to get used to living our ‘new normal’ lives. Anxiety is high, and we all are facing different pressures. Check-in with yourself to make sure you are ok. Don’t ignore the signs of anxiety, as this can lead to depression. Are you sleeping ok? Eating and drinking water? Make sure you are looking after yourself in every way.

House clean!

House Cleaning Week

It is my cleaning week at my house – we all take it in turns. It works out really well as you can forget about it for weeks to come, but it’s a mammoth task when it is your week! I don’t know about you, but I can be rather untidy. Saturday morning rituals include washing all my work clothes, bedsheets and tidying up my bedroom. Ready for the weekend!

New rules introduced Monday 14th September

It will be illegal to meet in bigger groups than 6 people from Monday

Boris announces that from Monday, no-one can meet in bigger groups than 6 people, which seems remarkable now that kids have all gone back to school, and people are being encouraged to re-enter the workplace if they haven’t already done so.

From Monday 14 September – when the new rules apply – it will be against the law to meet people you do not live within a group larger than 6 (unless you are meeting as a household or support bubble). The police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notice) of £100, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £3,200. Some exemptions are documented on the gov.uk website.

Positive Thinking

Positive Thinking Day

Positive Thinking Day has been going since 2003. An American entrepreneur to thank for this date, which has been set aside to celebrate all of the benefits associated with positive thinking, and to practice positive thinking ourselves. On this day, you have one goal, and that is to think positively at all times! 

Fear is what creates negativity. Think about it: at the bottom of your negative thoughts, you will probably find fear. Let go of your fear and curate positive thoughts.

Positive Thinking Day is all about encouraging positive thoughts!

At the moment it may seem difficult to find reasons to stay positive. Whether you are faced with redundancy, furlough, job uncertainty or money worries. Everything may seem overwhelming, which is why it’s more important than ever to focus on positive thinking.

Top Tips

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude

Oprah Winfrey

My 5 Top Tips for Positive Thinking

  1. Catch and reframe your thoughts
  2. Be kind to someone else and pay it forward
  3. Read a motivational quote or book
  4. List out 5 things you are grateful for
  5. You are never too old to set another goal or dream

I spend my days reading motivational quotes and books. I also spend my time commuting thinking about the day that is front of me, and then take the time to deconstruct the day to catch and reframe my thoughts. Prone to ruminating on my thoughts, it’s very important to look at what is really going on. Are your thoughts from a place of fear? Anxiety? We all take things personally to an extent, but are you able to challenge yourself over your negative thoughts? Be your own best friend and make sure that you have something positive in your life. One of my favourite quotes is that it’s never too late to be the person you could have been. You, and only you, are in charge of your life and positive thoughts.

Do you have any questions for me?

Let me know if you have any questions for me, or if there is anything you would like to see more of in this blog? I want to include things to do on a budget, but am very conscious of the fact things are thought right now for many of us.

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