Now we all have heard about Prepare For Impact. Well now is that time! Here I’m going to share my top tips on how to survive and thrive especially during lockdown.
Let me ask you a question – how are you feeling today? It’s okay not to be feeling okay some days and I hope these tips will help you to feel great on a regular basis.
Putting on your own Oxygen mask first
As women we often want to help everyone else – our kids, parents, who may be elderly, close family, friends, business associates BEFORE we help ourselves.
Make sure you have some time in the day to yourself and do something for you. It could be reading a book, manicure, home facial, washing your hair, a long soak in the bath, going for a run, singing along to your favourite music. Anything that makes you feel good!
Have A Family Schedule
Look at your’s and your partner’s (if you have one) schedule for the day. Put in all things that have to be done first and work out what needs to be done. Have a plan! It’ll make you feel better and accomplish more. I love ticking off those jobs!
Start The Day Off Well
Are you into a routine yet? If you’re home schooling, then a timetable for the youngsters is a good idea. Have it written out with blocks of time allocated. As an ex-teacher I know how much youngsters like routine!
Do You Have A DSH or Daily Success Habits?
I start the day with a nutritious protein shake with frozen berries and almond milk. I enjoy mixing up the ingredients for variety too. Fresh ginger, lemon and avocado are all excellent additions to support your immune system.
Then I have my shower and spend 30 mins doing my Miracle Morning.
This consists of writing my Gratitude List, Affirmations, Meditation, Intentions / Actions for the day and some exercise which can be stretches, cardio, pilates or yoga. It starts the day off positively and my mindset is strong and ready for activity…
Plan and Action Activity
I prefer to do my key actions first (The book ‘How to eat an Elephant’) is excellent at explaining why. Basically, it’s chunking up your activity and doing the most important things first.
That could mean contacting people, keeping in touch with clients, having Zoom or FaceTime calls, following up.
I do this is in one to two hour blocks and turn off any distractions!
Afternoons can be time to spend with the kids, get out in the garden, exercise outside etc
Surround Yourself with Positive People
Stay connected with friends, family and business networks. Be creative and have some fun!
Wine evenings, singing online groups (Rock Choir keeps me going!), Zoom calls with friends etc
We are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with so choose your 5 wisely!
Bill McFarlan, former BBC broadcaster and business friend talks about his Life Garden!
There are two types of people – Radiators and Drains. Radiators are supportive, positive people who lift you up. Drains however, are negative, drain your energy and hold you back. They’re half empty glass people. Bill suggests that when he looks outside into his garden that he has the radiator plants nearby, right in front of him and the drains or weeds, are pushed back in the or even pulled out!
Mind Your Mind
“Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny.” ― Lao Tzu
Ways to improve your mindset
- Read a self-development book – 10 pages a day will make a huge difference compounded over time. Two great books I’d recommend are The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen and The Success Principles by Jack Canfield
- Watch short videos on motivation. They’re plenty on YouTube to watch
- Listen to free audios, podcasts etc
- Fill your mind with positivity and become rock solid!
Just mind the gap in your mind…
Look after Yourself
Be conscious of the fuel you are giving your body.
- Stay hydrated – 2-3 litres of water a day is recommended. I like to add quality nutrition such as Arbonne’s Phytosport Complete Hydration and Energy Fizz Sticks which helps with concentration, energy and vitamin intakes
- Eat Well – Plenty of protein and vegetables, some healthy carbs are good. Aim to home cook as much as possible, limit amount of processed foods. Make the right choices!! It will help your energy levels
- Use your Daily Exercise allowance – releases happy hormones, Vit D and fresh air, nature
- Get enough sleep and rest
It’s been a traumatic few weeks, with uncertainty, anxiety and loss for so many of us so it’s really important to look after our own health.
Turn Fear into Opportunity
Use this lockdown time to not only survive but THRIVE!
My job list is long and includes clearing out wardrobes, shredding paperwork in the office from 15 years ago!
Spring cleaning, garden attention and cleaning the golf clubs in preparation when we can resume our leisure activities!
Keeping in contact with family and friends is on the list too.
Businesswise this is a great opportunity to evaluate your business. See what’s working and what’s not and be brave to make changes if needed. Some changes may need small tweaks, others may be drastic!
We’re all in this together and will come out stronger!
I hope that this has helped you. Thank you for reading and if you have any questions do comment below or send me a personal message.
Stay at home and healthy.