2020 will definitely be remembered and talked about for a long time. It has been a time of uncertainty, a time of mass anxiety and a time of stress for many people. It is now, more than ever, as we head into the second wave of this pandemic and tougher restrictions, that we do what we can to look after our mental well-being.
The first few weeks of lockdown, way back in May were like living in a hellish nightmare. I was in a state of panic and my head was filled with terrifying scenarios. I really did think that it was the end of the world and humanity.
I had just started an online business, I was living on my own and felt alone and helpless. It was around the one month mark of lockdown that I decided enough was enough. I could either sit in despair and fall deeper down the rabbit hole or I could sit up straight, take a deep breath and come up with a survival plan.
Here’s how I did it:
1/ I got up and got dressed every morning despite how shit I was feeling and despite knowing I had a whole day to myself. Before this, I was getting up at silly o’clock in the afternoon and sitting around in my pyjamas all day eating biscuits and watching box sets.
This had to change so I set my alarm for 8 am every morning and forced myself out of my pit. After a while, I started waking before the alarm went off and getting up because I wanted to.
Some simple tips that helped me:
- Got to bed every night at roughly the same time
- Get up every morning at the same time
- Get clothes ready for the following day the night before
- Stick at it until it becomes a habit
2/ For the first hour every morning, I would write in my journal. It didn’t matter what I wrote about, I would just write. Now I also write in my gratitude journal while I am having breakfast. Being grateful has helped me to remember the smaller things in life and filled me with positivity. Instead of just writing it in a basic notebook I designed my very own gratitude journal to print out and to keep in a pretty folder.
Journaling, for me, is like having my very own therapy session with myself and getting everything out of my head and down on paper, thus making me feel so much lighter and ready to take on the world and its germs.
3/ I designed and created my own bespoke life planner. This took some time to do (hell, I had loads of time on my hands didn’t I?) but it was a fun project and being creative took my mind off the chaos outside. I wanted to create something that would be useful for my needs. The planner had to include pages that I could use for my business and my personal life. It had to include things like work schedule pages, budgeting planner, meal planner, goal setting pages etc.
Thursday’s blog post will be all about how I put the life planner together, so follow this blog to be notified.
4/ I read more books. I have always loved reading but lockdown enabled me to read so much more. Most of the books I read were motivational and business based books but I also read novels too.
Here are my ten most loved books I have read so far:
- 365 days of art, a creative exercise for every day of the year, by Lorna Scobie
- Ikigai, the Japanese secret to a long and happy life, by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles
- Money, a love story, by Kate Northrup
- Get rich, lucky bitch, by Denise Duffield-Thomas
- The success principles, by Jack Canfield
- Ask and it is given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks
- The law of attraction plain and simple, by Sonia Ricotti
- Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Help me, how self-help has not changed my life, by Marianne Power
- Any novel that was written by Lee Child and Harlen Coben
5/ I stopped eating crap, which has caused me to put on so much weight. I was eating whole packets of biscuits and sweets in one sitting while watching the telly. I had created an unhealthy habit without even noticing it. I had started following a young woman on Linkedin called Louise-Tanner-Stokes. Louise is the founder of “The Anti-Dieting Revolution”. The name itself had me intrigued so I tuned in to her lives and started following her posts. She made so much sense and wanted to know more. So I joined her free group over on Facebook and it has been the best thing I ever did. Louise helps you make tiny tweaks to your eating habits without the need for dieting and get this, you can still eat that cake (or biscuits in my case)You can join her free group here:
So, as you can see, I managed to haul myself up from the depths of that rabbit hole. I climbed out a little shaken and squinting at the light at the end of the tunnel. I am in a much better place than I ever have been. Lockdown has taught me some life lessons and made me look within myself and make positive changes in all areas. I am looking forward to getting out into the world again once this pandemic has been beaten to a pulp.