Julie Lightfoot of JL Consultancy, a Preston based coaching and training service for those, who like Julie, have a passion for Personal Development and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) provides some further tips to help you keep sane when self-isolating as many of us are now. JL Consultancy uses techniques learned from countless training programmes, hours of reading and research, and experience of working with and empowering people, JL Consultancy brings you a fresh perspective to life.
Hi folks, I thought that I would share some more tips with you to help you keep sane when self-isolating or in lock-down.
Get reading and escape to a different world
I mentioned last week about how hard it is to get away from the news. One way is to engross yourself in a book. Reading a fiction book is a great way to escape into a different world and helps with relaxation. I have just read a great book called Hattie goes to Hollywood, written by Caroline James, a local author who also writes articles for Podio. Sometimes, reading things that are not too serious is just the tonic you need to brighten up your days. Now is a great time for digging out those books that you have never got round to reading or perhaps re-reading your favourite ones and reminding yourself of the parts that you have forgotten.
Not interested in fiction? Get factual
Not everybody is interested in reading fiction books and in this type of escapism. If this is the case, perhaps revisit some of the factual books that you may have in your possession that you may not have looked out for some time? If you have a particular interest, why not see what else you can learn about it? If you have the internet available, this is a great place to learn more facts about the things that you are interested in whether that is sports, trains, personal development, etc. Thinking about something we are interested in and wanting to learn more about it will help us focus on things that are more positive help us to ‘switch off from all the doom and gloom’ that we may see around us on the news and on social media.
Try a different kind of reading
If you have thought about trying an e-reader or audiobooks, this may be a good time. I have recently tried audiobooks for the first time and am really enjoying the fact that you can listen to them if you are doing housework, for example. The great benefit of them is that they are suitable for listening to at times when you would not have been able to read a traditional book. I tried them as a result of getting 3 months subscription to a popular audiobook platform for my birthday. They would also be good for people whose eyesight may not be good. I play mine on my mobile phone, so these types of books are extremely easy to transport with you. Why not check out Lancashire Library Services who may be able to help you access e-books and audiobooks?
Reading not really your thing? What about writing instead?
You may be someone that likes to write rather than read. I have mentioned writing a few times before. I have suggested that you could submit an article to Podio, for example. As you know we are currently online, rather than in paper format but still welcome submissions. However, you may wish to start writing a book yourself? It may be something that you have always wanted to do but have not had the time to do it before. It would be a great way of making the most of your time. Again, it could be either fiction or non-fiction depending on what you prefer (or perhaps even a mixture of the two?) Alternatively, you could see if there are any short-story competitions that you could enter or take an online class about writing.
Bored but not really motivated to start something new?
You may need someone to be accountable to. As a life coach, I know that often people need a little help to try something new. Why not get in touch with one of the life coaches out there that offer a free session to start you off to achieving your goals. I offer these sessions myself and am always pleased to hear from Podio readers and try to help them start off on their journey in trying something new.
Please remember that the situation we are currently in will not last forever. Although this series of posts is coming to an end, I will be back soon helping you to stay positive and more in control of your life.