(Copyright 2021, Simona Zaino )
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A new strict lockdown has just been announced and it seems it's here to stay for the next few weeks. Our mental approach can radically change the way we experience it. We can choose to succumb or thrive!
Here is a quick guide to hep you thrive and make the most of these challenging times.
Stay healthy mentally and physically
Exercise, eat nutritious food and create relaxing moments throughout the day.
Watch my free tutorial for some easy tips to stay healthy and happy during lockdown
Don't resist change. Embrace it!
Lockdown has 'forced' us to change our everyday routine, to drop things that we regularly did or do the same things but in a different way (i.e. wear a mask when shopping, drinking your coffee in the park, living with the 'essentials'..). Why resist these changes? They are unavoidable. The more you resist, the harder it feels. Try navigating change with an open mind instead: just go along with and ease into it. You'll eventually realize it's not the end of the world!
Focus on what you CAN do
Instead of solely focus on what you cannot do, try shifting your mental focus towards the things you still can do. Dedicate time to them.
Go for regular walks in the park or around traffic-free city streets, cook together and share a meal with your family or housemates, read those books you never had time to read when you used to sit in traffic for hours on your way to work, play with your children, take up a new hobby, chat to friends online..
It won't last forever
whatever dramatic changes we are going through at the moment, they are only temporary. Better times will come! But in the meantime, enjoy what you have..
Do a life spring clean
Temporary slowing down your life pace is not necessarily a negative thing. Occasional quiet time allows for the necessary 'space' to focus and reflect over what we truly want to keep in our life or let go (physically, mentally and emotionally).
Watch a comedy film, share jokes with friends, dance, sing.. do anything that makes you laugh! Laughing helps your body and mind relax and shift the focus away from negative thoughts.
With a little help from your friends..
If you're feeling down, reach out to family or friends and share your concerns. Sometimes all we need to brighten things up is somebody to give us a different perspective. And people around us will only be delighted to help!
Try online volunteering!
In these challenging and uncertain times, offering help to those in need will give you a sense of purpose and personal fulfilment. Online volunteering is safe and accessible to everybody.
Author: Simona Zaino
Simona is a qualified Health & Wellness, Nutrition & Life Coach based in Dublin. She teaches Yoga, Pilates and Fitness classes (also online). See: www.eatdancebreathe.com/services.html
Online Yoga, Pilates, Fitness classes (via Zoom)
Price: €12 per week (take as many classes as you like). View timetable here