As the days grow shorter and we return to lockdown this November, it is more important than ever to stay mindful, focused, and happy.
We know that for a lot of people the thought of facing another lockdown might be a daunting prospect, so we thought we would share some of our own personal practices with you to help stay happy and healthy over the coming month.
Set weekly goals with daily objectives to get you there. It is all too easy to lose track of time or put things off for another day during these lockdowns, so, setting out a plan with bite-sized objectives and hurdles to overcome will give you structure and those little wins that help to keep you focused and on track.
Rise Early & Get Outdoors
With the clocks having changed recently, it has given us back those light early mornings for a while. Make the most of them!
Get up and out the house early – take the dog for a walk, get on your bike, and get the blood flowing – this will wake you up and get you energised for the day ahead. Just remember to wrap up warm and enjoy the stunning (if slightly frosty) autumnal scenery.
This one, of course, applies to both your mind and body. With the shorter days and colder nights, it’s all too easy to feel like it’s time for hibernation, but with exercise being one of the few reasons to head outdoors during lockdown, it’s important to get outdoors and get moving. It will give you an escape from more than just your four walls – many leaders and innovative thinkers say gaining a new perspective physically is what best aids them when trying to troubleshoot a situation or find a new approach to a problem.
Learn a new skill - career related or otherwise. Make use of the extra time at home productively, start that course or project you have been wanting to give a go but didn’t have time for.
Not only is this a great way to develop yourself, it will give you something fun outside of work to focus your energy on and keep your mind occupied.
Even more so during lockdown, when working from home, having a defined space and time for work is important to stop the work life balance from blurring - this will see you focused on the job when it’s time to hit a deadline and also stop you “taking your work home with you”.
Hangout After Work
Google hangouts and zoom meetings have become a daily occurrence for most of us during 2020, but we should be making the most of them outside of the office as they can also be a great way to stay connected with friends and family during these times.
Staying connected, not only helps you but those around you who may be in need of a friendly face and a laugh. It is all too easy to become isolated in your own little bubble, but we aren’t alone in this, so give someone a call and share a moment even if it is virtually.
Find The Wins
For me, this is the most important and something that I think should be applied every day lockdown or otherwise. Enjoy the little things and find the wins.
There will always be days where the world seems to be giving us a good dose of adversity training, so finding the positives and being able to appreciate the good bits (however big or small) can make all the difference.
During these unpredictable times, it is important to remember that being able to adapt to the changing circumstances we may face is key, and we should all be there to help each other.
We hope these tips help you through lockdown and would love for you to share this post and add any of your own suggestions or tips in the comments.
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