How to stay positive during lockdown : Here are 7 tips on how to stay positive during these times so you can keep yourself occupied and stay happy…
How to stay positive and happy
1. Learn something new
One of the best ways to keep busy during the lockdown is by taking up a new project to learn a new skill or strengthen an existing one. Whether it is by enrolling in an online class, watching YouTube tutorials, learning a language or improving your cooking skills, there are plenty of things you can learn online. You can also indulge more in your hobbies like reading more, playing an instrument, exercising or anything else you love to do.
2. Sleep well
Better sleep helps in many ways including helping improve your mood and lowering feelings of anxiety and stress. It also supports your immune system that reduces the chance of falling sick. Creating a sleep schedule, limiting screen time at night, meditating and even maintaining the right environment to fall asleep in all helps to get proper sleep.
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Meditation can be done at any time during the day. You can start your day off with positive affirmations for a more productive day or even end your day with a session to help you sleep better. Meditation has been known to help keep you stress-free, make you feel more connected to yourself and stay present, increase your attention span, build immunity and make you feel happier. Even if you have only 5-10 minutes to spare, sit in a quiet and comfortable place, close your eyes and practice mindfulness.
4. Connect with family and friends
Even though you are physically distancing from your loved ones, that doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally distancing from them too. Pick up the phone and call your close family and friends to feel less alone in this situation, to share stories and to simply put a smile on your face.
5. Prioritize your physical health
Staying positive isn’t only about staying happy. It is also about taking care of your body. Pay attention to how you feel physically and take the time to eat healthy and exercise – both known to be great mood boosters! Follow a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins and take time out to exercise or stretch your body out every day.
6. Keep a gratitude journal
Whether you have an active writing habit, or you’ve never written in a journal before, keeping a gratitude journal can help you stay focused on the present and feel more positive and most importantly, remain grateful for the good things in your life. You can take up 5-minute journaling by writing just 3-4 sentences on what you are grateful for on that day. It could be something simple like the pleasant weather outside or something more personal like getting a call from a long, lost friend. Set a time of day to pen down your thoughts.
7. Pause and take a break
When things get overwhelming, it’s time to pause, reflect and take a break. Sit back and enjoy a cup of tea, go for a walk on your terrace or within a safe space, stand on your balcony and enjoy the cool evening breeze, watch your favourite TV show or curl up with a book. Don’t put relaxing and unwinding on the back burner – schedule breaks into your to-do list if that works better for you!