IGNITE’s Guide to Staying Positive
We’re still very much adapting to living with COVID-19, not only in Australia but globally. In dealing with the effects of the pandemic, you might be left feeling a little overwhelmed, stressed, or even anxious. That’s why it’s extremely important to take care of yourself during times like these.
Even beyond the pandemic, it’s super important to ensure that you’re taking care of your mental health and wellbeing.Digital Project Manager and our resident optimist Laura gives us her top 10 best tips and tricks on how to stay positive – during the pandemic or otherwise!
Tip 1: Use the ‘COPING CALENDAR’
Think of it like your work calendar, only your tasks involve actions designed to improve your overall wellbeing and mental health.
With daily reminders to do things like “play a game that you enjoyed when you were younger” and “notice five things that are beautiful in the world around you”, Laura says the Coping Calendar is a great way to be thankful for something every day.
Tip 2: Stay Connected With Loved Ones
Although the pandemic sometimes means that we’re unable to see loved ones face-to-face, it’s important to make time with them virtually. Stay connected through video calls, messages, or have a conversation over the phone.
Tip 3: Routine Is Key
The effects of COVID-19 can definitely disrupt our routine that we’ve worked so hard to keep! Instead of giving in, it’s crucial that you try your best to keep a routine – stay productive and on top of things.
In general, having a routine can help with our focus, organisation, productivity and overall wellbeing.
Tip 4: It’s Time To Switch Off
Laura says that “switching off” can be hard to do, but it’s something that you need to make time for. “Switching off can be difficult, especially when you’re working from home”, she says, “but that it’s something that we need to consciously tell ourselves to do”.
Tip 5: Try Something New
Use this time to try something new that you’ve always wanted to do. Whether it’s painting, learning the guitar, cooking or reading a book – there’s still so much you can do, even when you’re at home.
Need inspiration? Check out some ideas here.
Tip 6: Keep Your Body Moving
Even if you’re just doing 30 minutes of exercise, it’s vital that you keep your body moving everyday! Daily exercise can keep us from being sick, makes us feel happy, and increases our energy levels.
Tip 7: Give Yourself a Break
Be easy on yourself. Expecting to get things right all the time can cause you stress and negative thoughts (which can feel even worse during times of isolation). It’s important to be kind, and forgive yourself when you’re feeling this way.
Tip 8: Don’t Get Obsessed with the News
We know – reading the news can feel overwhelming! There’s so much going on in the world, and focusing on negative stories can drain and tire you out.
Instead of honing in on these stories, focus on the good news that’s out there. There’s so many feel-good news stories taking place globally – you just have to look for it! Laura uses the Good News Network, which focuses on smile-worthy stories – just take a look at these headlines.
- Strangers Track Down Writer Who Launched Message in a Bottle Nearly a Century Ago
- Chinese Monk Dedicates Life to Rescuing 8,000 Dogs – He Finds Them New Homes Around the World
- Teen Folds a Thousand Origami Cranes in One Sitting – For Guinness World Record
- Stunning Cafes Will Make You Feel Like You’re Stepping Into a Comic Book
Tip 9: Television Therapy
It’s undeniable – sometimes watching a quality TV show is all you need for a good pick-me-up. Here are some shows that Laura can vouch for (but please bear in mind that crime and thriller are her favourite genres!):
- The Serpent
- Money Heist
- Dirty John
- The Sinner
- Dead Lucky
For more lighthearted viewing, Laura approves of Younger and Love Life.
Tip 10: Celebrate the Little Things
Last but not least, make time to celebrate the little things. Whether it’s a family dinner you’re thankful for, finding a cute little bakery around the corner, or discovering some great new music – there’s always something to celebrate.
Staying positive can be a surprisingly difficult task – during a pandemic or otherwise. We hope that you’ve learnt a few things from IGNITE’s Guide to Staying Positive that you can apply to your daily life.
Stay tuned for the next post on our ‘Guide To…’ series!