Struggling to stay positive? Read eight ways you can lift your mood, written by our Ops Manager, Max Edwards.

Our Operations Manager Max Edwards has written his eight top tips on how to stay positive during lockdown. Check these out below!

Eight Ways to Stay Positive During Lockdown

We are living in unprecedented times, the likes of which most of us have never experienced before. Family and friends are at opposite ends of the country or even further, and social distancing restrictions won’t allow physical proximity. If you are anything like me, I even feel dodgy popping out for food shopping!

This level of distancing can be a heart-wrenching experience. Personally, I want nothing more than to cycle to the park with my partner and enjoy the sunshine over a picnic, but of course, that will have to wait.

The limitations imposed on our daily lives continue and it isn’t over yet. So, what can we do to keep our spirits high, particularly on those ‘off’ days? While isolation can be difficult, this situation also presents an opportunity to relax, and bring out our best qualities.

When the lockdown first happened, I made a pact with myself not to go under. I vowed to get organised, to focus only on the positive and emerge stronger than ever! We can work on ourselves and set personal goals in order to prosper from the inside out.

Below are some suggestions of activities to do each week to stay positive during lockdown:

1. Have a Daily Routine

It can be easy to wake up late, have ten cups of tea with a two-hour breakfast, watch TV and then shower in the afternoon. Some days there is nothing nicer than doing just that. However, doing this every day will create a lack of purpose. A daily routine — with lists — will keep your mind focused, occupied and diverted from worries. It also means you can fit in plenty of productive activities.

2. Meditate and Exercise

Use this time to slow the mind down for a portion of the day and meditate. There is a reason why Buddhist monks in the East have so much brain energy — the benefits of meditation are scientifically proven. Combine this with moderate exercise and you will not only be healthier, but the endorphins will keep you in a positive mood (another thing the scientists agree on!).

When it comes to exercise, there are a million free workouts on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and the internet. Get online and get moving. Check the Chelsea Health Club and Spa’s Facebook page for live and on-demand classes streaming each week for free!

3. Stay in Contact

We are social animals and being together is important for our wellbeing. However, even during a lockdown, we can remain connected in lots of ways. Sing from the balcony. Chat over the fence. Use the telephone. Write emails. Make video calls. Throw Zoom parties!

Social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram are great ways to help others stay positive and connected. Remember, this is a great time to help others (albeit at a safe distance). We are all in the same boat so let’s be a community and support each other. What better daily purpose could we ask for?

4. Do Things You Enjoy

Are there things you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t had the time? Now is your opportunity. Pick up that book you’ve meant to read. Try something new like yoga, tai chi, painting, dancing (in the kitchen), making videos and posting them online – the list is endless. Whatever activities make you happy, do them some more.

5. Get Outdoors

Plant vegetables and weed the garden. Construct a garden table and bench. Choose a different walking route near your house and stretch your legs. The point is to get outside in the fresh air for a change of scenery while keeping a responsible distance from other people.

6. Cook Healthy Meals

The stockpiling seems to have calmed down so why not try some new recipes? Dust off those cookery books and surprise yourself with a homemade chimichanga or bowl of ramen. Have plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit and stay hydrated. Think of how much healthier you will be after all those home cooked meals. Most of all, appreciate this abundant time to eat together with your loved ones.

Without sounding like I’m resurrecting the Temperance Society, now is also a good time to cut down on (or even completely avoid) alcohol – it is technically a depressant after all. Detox and you will feel in a much better state of mind!

7. Be Thankful for What You Have

Being grateful can turn a negative mindset into a positive one. Now isn’t the time to think about what we don’t have. There are undoubtedly tough times ahead but try to focus on the good things in your life right now. Only follow the news and social media in moderation.

Be mindful that many people in the world are having a much harder time than ourselves. Spare them a thought, take nothing for granted and count your blessings.

8. Visualise the Future

Think of how lovely it will be to see your loved ones in person. Imagine all the places you will go when travel restrictions are lifted. Visualise the nice things you will do. And above all, remember this: we will get through this and bounce back stronger than ever!

Stay safe,

Max Edwards