Last night, 26 March 2020 at midnight South Africa initiated a nationwide lock-down in an attempt to flatten the curve of Covid-19. in the build to the lock-down I have been inundated with messages from many of you stating the extreme anxiety being experienced. Here are 10 ways to be positive. To keep things fun and exciting I have also created a 21 day lock-down challenge I hope you will join me in it.
- Set a routine – Structure gives us a sense of stability and allows us to foster new, helpful habits. It keeps us motivated (and distracted).
- Move your body – Increase your heart rate, release endorphins and improve your mood. Just get moving even if it means dancing it out.
- Keep connecting – Check in with loved ones, FaceTime friends, call elderly relatives. Remind others they matter. Now more than ever is a perfect opportunity to share your stories of inspiration.
- Get creative – Paint, reorganise wardrobes, declutter cupboards, learn a new hobby, cook a new dish, give yourself space for introspection. Fine-tune those ideas you have been procrastinating on.
- Gratitude journal – Count your blessings daily. Write down 5 things you are grateful for at the start of each day. It’s sure to put life into perspective.
- Be mindful – Take everyday as it comes. Let go of tomorrow. Be present in the now. Words have power, so aim to use positive words and affirmations. Be mindful of the things you say, after all YOU are listening.
- Set boundaries – Set limits of how much news you consume and conversations that involve the big C word. Fixating on the virus can negatively impact your mental health, leaving you overwhelmed & feeling helpless.
- Help – If you can and if it’s safe to do so; offer your time to people that need extra help and volunteer within your local community.
- Decompress – If you share a household, set aside time for everyone to decompress which will not be interrupted by others.
- Find your faith – Whatever your belief system is, it’s time to find your faith.
21 Day Lock-down Challenge
Here’s a 21 day challenge that will hopefully inspire positivity amidst the anxiety of our current events. Take the challenge with me, sharing a relevant post daily. Make sure to tag @fitlikemummy and use #flmchallenge so I don’t miss your posts. We are in this together, so as a community let’s create some positivity and help each other through the next 21 days.
There’s no pressure to participate daily. Do what you can. Participate on days that challenge you or do them all. You are not alone. Everyone in South Africa and every country on this planet is affected by COVID-19. We are all in this together. This temporary state will eventually pass. Together we will get through this. Virtual hugs, love and kisses. 🖤🖤🖤