With everything going on, it’s easy to feel like the world is crumbling around us, feeling a sense of hopelessness has become the new norm. Despite this, it's vital we try and remain positive for the future. While this may feel like an impossible task right now, it’s helpful to try and take control of this period in your life and make it work for you. We’ve put our heads together to come up with ways to stay positive through the pandemic which will hopefully give you a sense of perspective, and guide you towards a more positive outlook during this difficult time.
STRUCTURE YOUR DAY
Routine, Routine, Routine!! Many experts have said that getting out of bed in the morning, at a similar and reasonable time, is a productive way to start your day. It seems like a simple solution but sticking to it can be harder than it sounds - why not give it a go this week if you’re struggling with your routine?
Getting a good night's sleep means you should have energy to get through the day. Think about the key elements in your life before the pandemic: work, social time, play, intimacy and caring for others. What did that balance look like then and how can you make a new balance work for you?
It’s easy to feel intimidated by exercise, however, pretty much all experts agree that getting up and moving is the best way to boost your mood. Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself, slow and steady wins the race! Exercise comes in many shapes and forms, some prefer running, others a nice stroll in the park - hell just get your stretch on! However you choose to get moving just remember that exercise releases endorphins and makes you feel good!
Take time for yourself, when trying to remain positive it’s so important that you make time for you. With everything going on, it’s easy to get stressed out very quickly, what we’ve learnt at Ilk + Ernie is that taking a minute to breathe, listen to music or having a chat with a pal can make all the difference - communication is key and looking after yourself should be at the top of your list! Declutter your space, let the light in and take a minute to think about what you need that day.
TRY NOT TO OVER THINK HUNS
We all know that our minds can be our own worst enemy and it can feel like an impossible task when trying to shake off those negative thoughts. Applying perspective to your situation is a good place to start, take a minute to look at the things around you and take note of what you're most grateful for. It’s so easy to dwell on our problems, going over them again and again, a good solution to this is to shift your focus from worries to practical problem-solving. Remember there’s always light at the end of the tunnel!
That's right, put the remote down and give your tried brain some nourishment ❤️. Here are some books our team have found super helpful in lock down:
The power of now by Eckhart Tolle
You’re not broke, you’re pre-rich by Emilie Bellet
Lost connections by Johann Hari
Atomic Habits by James Clear
What a time to be alone by Chidera Eggerue
Wisdom from a humble jellyfish by Rani Shah
To those of you who have lost someone close during these difficult times, we send you all our love. Thank you for being part of this amazing community.
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Words by Romy Morgan