It’s a bit of a strange time at the moment.
With Covid19 grounding everything to a halt and confining everyone to their homes, it’s hard not to feel like the whole world has been turned upside-down.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the pandemic also brought along with it heaps of uncertainty and lots of insecurity - which is enough to stress anyone out.
Whilst the world’s trying it’s hardest to get back to normal, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to feel unsettled. Making time to ensure you’re staying optimistic during this pandemic can leave you with a positive mind and a better outlook on life.
Here are 7 ways how:
Feeling that you’re not in control can be horrible, but making the steps to take control can feel so empowering, and is certain to make you feel like you really have your s*@t together.
Our normal schedules may be changing, which is why it’s even more important to create your own structure.
Even if you’re not working at the moment, be sure to structure your days with different tasks. Read that book that’s been collecting dust on your bedside table, open up Photoshop and learn some new skills, become fluent in Spanish, even if you only learn the essentials, ‘copa de vino blanco, por favor’ (glass of white wine, please!)
Taking time to just breathe is a really good way to clear your head.
If you’re having a particularly stressful time, turn your phone off, make yourself a delicious dinner and run yourself a relaxing bath.
Sometimes you just need that little escape from reality to clear your head, which is guaranteed to put you a much better headspace when it’s time to focus again.
I’m not saying you need to sign up for the 2021 London Marathon, but getting outside can really help! Even a 15 minute walk each day does your head a world of good - just to make a change from staring at the same 4 walls and for a little bit of fresh air.
If you’re really not into exercise there are fun ways to get active without feeling like you’re getting active.
Something I like to do if I’m lacking motivation for a run, is finding a dance routine on Youtube and learning the steps. Yoga is also a great one for this because it doesn’t actually feel like you’re working out!
Easily find workouts on Youtube or search in Google for inspiration as there are so many that its simple to find one you’ll like.
Staying in touch with your loved ones is great for your mental health, especially in the current circumstances.
Make sure to set aside a few slots a week to catch up by phone, Facetime or online with your family and friends, and make sure you take the time to appreciate what you already have in your life.
It’s also okay to tell people you’re not okay, because no one is there for you more than your friends.
And let’s face it; no one can make you laugh harder than your best friends, even if you’re laughing at them sometimes.
If you’re setting yourself unrealistic goals, you’re going to add to your stress.
If you’re aiming to reply to 200 emails, call 50 clients and organise 10 zoom calls, then it’s not going to happen.
The more unrealistic goals you set yourself, the more you’re setting yourself up for a headache full of stress. If you’re real with what you can achieve in a day then you’re not setting yourself up to fail.
We’re going back to basics here.
It might sound so obvious, but it’s probably one of the most important factors when dealing with stress.
It’s important to get into the routine of going to sleep and waking up at a similar time each day - try and aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night.
If you struggle to switch off, some tips to help are; turning your phone off at least 1 hour before bed, doing some yoga, go for a walk or investing in some relaxing lavender oils.
If you live in a world where you are constantly comparing yourself to others, you’re running a race that you’ll never win.
When starting up your own small business this is an easy trap to fall into. It’s normal to look at other successful businesses and think, ‘why doesn’t my Instagram look like that, or ‘why don’t I have that many clients.’
As a general rule for life, the sooner you accept this, the sooner you’ll find happiness.
Everyone is on their own journey, and whether you’re 21 and starting your own business, or 51 and starting your own business, it’s never too late to follow your dreams!
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