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.
Stop watching the news!
These days it is extremely hard to get away from the news. Some people are watching/listening to the news several times a day. As the current news tends to be about Coronavirus, it means that we are focusing on this more than we need to. If watching the news is not helping you, try to reduce watching the news or even eliminate it if you feel it would help. Many people have concerns about the easing of lockdown – this is quite understandable. There are talks of there possibly being a ‘second wave’. All that we can do, is play our own part in remembering to act responsibly and the more people that do this, the more the virus will be under control.
Get some fresh air
Some people who have been shielding are now being allowed out of the house for the first time since lockdown. If this relates to you, you may be fearful about going out for the first time. As above, this is understandable. You are best taking this in small steps. For example, going out for a short walk initially. Of course, you will need to remember that you need to be especially careful to social distance. However, fresh air is good for you so try to get some – especially as the weather is so warm at the moment (at least, as I write this). If you do not feel comfortable going out, at least try to sit outside in your garden/yard.
Appreciate your pets if you have them. Especially, if you live alone and have been shielding, I am sure that your pet/s have been great company for you. For those, looking at going back to work soon, it may be useful to try to stop spending quite as much time with your pet/s to get them used to you not being in the house quite as much as you have been recently. I saw this advice in a newspaper recently in relation to cats. However, I thought that dogs may be the ones that are affected by the change more, as cats are normally more self-sufficient.
Make a vision board
I have mentioned before about the value of having plans and setting goals. Having a vision board is a visual reminder of what you are aiming to achieve in the future. It can be made up of photos, newspaper/magazine cuttings or positive quotes that serve as constant reminders to help you get from where you are now to where you want to be, on a personal development level. You can make this using a cork board or just even on a large piece of cardboard. Remember to put your vision board up where you can see it so that it is often in your vision and it will help you be focused on moving forward to a more positive future. You need to concentrate on what you wish to achieve and visualise it happening (although, of course, you do need to start taking the smaller steps, to achieve your goals, even if that is just doing the planning due to the current restrictions).
One of the things that I have enjoyed doing during my daily walks is taking photographs of my local area in Preston. I have varied the walks and some have been in local parks, some on the docks in Preston and some in my surrounding urban area (usually when I was combining my exercise with a purpose like going to collect something from a local shop or picking up medication for an elderly relative). I have also seen on Facebook a video about a photographer who has been taking socially distanced photos of people passing his house to record the current period for the future. You obviously need to ask peoples’ permission if you are thinking of doing this, as he did!
I will be back posting some more tips soon to help you make the most of the current situation. Please remember that the situation we are currently in will not last forever. Until next time, stay safe…