This year has been incredibly hard already, and the pandemic has caused a rollercoaster of emotions. During this challenging time, where we have all had to be separated from our families, it can feel isolating and lonely. Some days I’ve felt ok and positive, and other days I’ve struggled to cope.
I’ve been trying to use this time and let it teach me something about how to stay positive and stay connected to the people we love, even when we cannot be with them. I think it’s going to remind us just how special the people around us are when we are all reunited again.
Here are some of the things I’ve been doing to keep positive and find some comfort.
Limiting exposure to media
Watching and listening to the news all the time can be distressing. I’ve found I’ve felt a lot better when I’ve limited my exposure to the press and almost lived in a little bubble. I am aware of the distress, but I’ve had to limit my exposure to my mental wellbeing.
2. Listen to music
Having positive and enjoyable music playing is a great way to feel more upbeat and enjoy the day. There’s no negative day that some music and a good dance can’t turn around.
3. Stay connected and send an encouragement card
It’s essential to stay connected and in touch with the people we love. As we haven’t been able to see my grandparents and as they don’t use the internet, it can be very challenging to keep in touch. Which is why MyPostcard has been so beneficial to me. I love receiving mail, and I genuinely believe it makes you feel so special, knowing someone has taken time out to write to you. They’ve recently launched a fantastic range of encouragement cards in light of COVID19, in which you can send to everyone who needs a little pick me up and light in their day.
They’ve made it super easy to log on to their site or app and pick from a vast selection of funny, cute, and quirky greeting cards or postcards. They have predesigned templates, pre-written quotes and even cards when you can add your photo. Prices start from £2.49, and that includes postage and mailing.
I’ve loved sending these to my family and friends, with a funny photo on to remind them what we look like and make them laugh. They have enjoyed receiving the cards, and it’s cheered up there day.
4. Remember everything will get better
It can be challenging during this time to remember that this won’t last forever, and things will get better. Often as humans, we struggle to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it’s important to remember that this is temporary. I love this quote “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~Albert Einstein. A reminder that things will get better, and we can come out stronger.
5. Get enough sleep
Sometimes in stressful times, sleep can be the one thing we miss out on, so it’s essential to take the time to get enough rest. Sleep is vital, so you remain energetic, clear-headed and focused on figuring out your next steps.
6. Get close to nature
Spending time outside on walks is a great way to feel better and more at ease. If you find you are feeling overwhelmed, getting out in the fresh air can give you a little clarity.
These are some of the ways I will be using this time to stay positive and focused. I can’t wait to send encouragement postcards to my friends and family.
(This post is kindly sponsored by my postcard, but all love for the brand is my own)