How to stay positive during Lockdown 2.0

Another lockdown is coming! A scenario no one wanted to see will become reality once again. For at least another month we will be forced to stay home, join in a Sunday-evening family quiz on Zoom, stay away from pubs and restaurants and work from home. As we all know from earlier this year, lockdowns are daunting and tough to cope with. Therefore it’s more important than ever to look after our mental and physical well-being in order to stay positive throughout this period. The good news, there are many tips and tricks to stay on top of things. Here are six tricks you should give a try:

  1. Set three goals for the day

If you set three attainable goals for each day, you build momentum. Ticking things off is a great counterbalance to inertia and halts self-criticism in its tracks. It reinforces a belief that you’re making progress. This develops your self-belief and enables you to push on when things are more difficult.

  1. Know your best time of day

Some of us are larks and some are owls. Which one are you? Knowing your optimal time of day means you can time your most difficult decisions or most challenging work to coincide with when you are at your peak.

  1. Drink water

If you’re feeling sluggish, this might be because you’re dehydrated. Keep yourself topped up with regular doses of water and your brain will perform at its best.

  1. Keep a well-being journal

Keeping a record of your well-being can help you look for correlations and patterns. Understanding the activities or situations you associate with reduced well-being can enable you to make some new choices.

  1. Drink coffee

Besides remaining hydrated, 100 mg of caffeine has a measurable, positive impact on memory.

  1. Learn something new every day

Einstein wrote, “Learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

With this mindset, we never stop believing there is more that we can learn, and so you nurture a capacity to develop yourself and those around you. Being open to learning something new is the polar opposite of having a closed mind.