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2020: The year no one will forget

Updated: May 19

The entire world will never forget the year 2020.

Here are my top tips on how to maintain a calm and happy state of mind during this time:

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"No matter where you are from, no matter what religion you support or how much money you have the Corona Virus pandemic has affected everyone."

We are all in the same category of fear. Every day we walk a step further into the unknown but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

In order to keep reminding myself that this will not last forever and that there is always a glimmer of hope I have written down some of my top tips on how to stay busy, motivated, and positive during the lock down period:


1. CREATE A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU


Ultimately everyone is different – some things that work for me might not work for you. I highly recommend creating a routine that fits in with your interests and passions. A routine is key to keeping your mind on track and to achieve whatever goals you had prior to this pandemic. For me I am still finishing my degree from home and it is hard. It really does feel like summer has started early but to keep focus and attentiveness to learning is so important. For me, a daily schedule has really helped ensure that I am still achieving my goals despite the current situation.


2. EXERCISE


Firstly, I encourage you to read the previous post by Arabella Heap who is a qualified personal trainer where she is speaking about why your one exercise a day is so important. For me exercise in the morning really helps clears my mind. It means that when I get back to my desk, I have a fresh start to my day. It is so easy for all of us to get bogged down with all the statistics and 24/7 news bulletins and if this applies to you then go for a run or walk. There are also some great online home workouts, for example go check out FITISM and take part in Arabella’s classes.


3. YOGA


Yoga is something I have never really committed to before and I know it is not for everyone however, the silver lining of this lock down is that it gives us a chance to learn new things. I am trying to learn yoga. I do it 3 days a week after I have done a workout and it really helps to calm the mind and body. Our bodies are not as active as they usually are which means a lot more sitting, slouching and sleeping. Stretching really helps to re-energise the body. Give it a go! You might find that it really works for you.


There are so many classes that are now available online - I also recommend using YouTube because it's free and there are some really tutorials which are easy to follow.

4. TAKE THIS TIME TO CARE FOR YOURSELF

Men and women often do not stop to care for themselves as much as we should – life tends to get in the way, but Isolation really has given us the gift of time. An invaluable gift that we should take advantage of! Create a daytime and night-time routine or think about whether products you are currently using are the right ones for your hair and skin type. Take this time to care for yourself and your hair and skin will thank you for it in the long run.

If you are struggling to find a good and reliable beauty brand, then check out Tropic – they sell alcohol free, all-natural products (Vegan & cruelty free) which are really kind to the skin. Tropic recently featured in the Sunday Times Top 100 Growing Businesses coming in at No. 40.

5. MEDITATION

Again, I am aware that meditation is not for everyone and it does take time to be able to really zone out of your day to day hectic life. I still cannot completely lose focus of everything my mind is juggling but it does help to re-evaluate what is important and stop your mind from over-thinking things. I find that doing ten minutes before I go to sleeps helps me sleep better and wake up feeling more focused on what needs to be done.

If you want to give it a go, there are so many meditation podcasts available. I recommend the Meditation Minis Podcast with Chel Hamilton.



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