The past weeks have been so weird with this outbreak of the Coronavirus. At first I wasn’t taking it seriously at all, I thought everyone was overthinking and being dramatic about it. Seeing everyone going shopping to get the essentials like toilet roll and bread, going to the extreme of buying 3-4 packs of the stuff was pretty insane!
I only began to take it seriously after a visit to the shops in Durham. Seeing the shelves empty and people pushing others out the way, arguing about toilet roll especially. Then also watching the news doesn’t help with my anxiety, seeing that there were army trucks travelling over the UK.
So, what does this mean for our future? I have never experienced anything like this before but even my parents said there has never been anything this bad before. What should I do about keeping a positive mindset during a tough time like this?
Journalling will help with keeping a positive mindset and also distracting me too from the negative thoughts. I like to look for different types of books with activities in it so I can then use my creativity through that.
I recently bought a few new books like SJG’s ‘24 Hours To Change Your Life’ and Wendy Hobson’s ‘The Bullet-Point Life Planner’. These are activity books with ways of organising your daily life but also ways of helping you to keep a positive mindset.
I started with ‘24 Hours To Change Your Life’. Some of the contents in this book is so helpful and makes you realise how much you can change your life with a few simple tips. The ones that have helped me so far are;
How to get rid of negativity - Keeping a gratitude journal writing down each day who inspired you that day or something you look forward to the following week.
Ditch your toxic friend - For me this was a hard one to do because I’m such a caring person I’ve always put everyone else’s needs before mine, which I shouldn’t do! But, this book gave me some useful tips on how to do so.
The second book I bought helped me plan my life and keep track of my habits then brainstorm my future too! It’s not a boring calendar diary, it's a fun-filled book that is eye-catching too.
So I believe making a plan for everyday, even if it’s just to organise your wardrobe or water your plants it helps to keep the mindset from feeling stressed or anxious. Plus, you can make a list of the positives from this quaintine like spending more time with family.
Learning new skills can also keep you busy and away from boredom. I’m planning on learning sign language as there are free online courses that provide you with the help you need and it’s also in your own home and there is no time limit to finish it!
There’s many online courses you can take part in like;
- Filmmaking and Animation in the Classroom,
There are various subjects you can pick from and learn inside your own home! These are some sites that I found useful; https://www.futurelearn.com/