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Keeping positive in Isolation.

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Over the past few days I've been trying to adapt to the current situation and trying to keep myself as upbeat as possible (this obviously isn't possible all of the time). I wanted to share some posts which could help at least one of you struggling right now.

 I was listening to a podcast on a walk yesterday regarding staying positive while in isolation and it made some really valid points which got me thinking. I have also been getting a lot of help from my boyfriend who has literally been the biggest ray of positivity this week, so I thought I'd share with you some of the things which have been helping me. 

You can't control your feelings but you can influence them. 
I feel like this is a really important point not just in isolation or pandemic but life in general. We cannot control what comes into our minds or our thoughts (anger, sadness, loneliness etc.) however we can influence it. Bringing positive things and actions into your day. Don't let negative thoughts consume your brain, if you feel them coming in, let the come and wash over you. Doing little things such as making your bed, opening your curtains, letting light in, influences how your brain reacts.
You've successfully made your bed, giving you that sense of achievement. While you're having to stay inside make sure that you add them little things into your day to hopefully limit the amount of negative thoughts entering your mind. I've been making sure I stick to a routine, get up, open the curtains and keep switching rooms! It has a big impact. 

Help Others. 
By noticing other peoples struggles and thinking about how we can help others was something which was mentioned in the podcast. It's almost like an antidote, reaching out and helping others will help you feel that bit better about yourself and obviously help them feel better. Can you help with sending someone food? Sending your grandparents flowers to cheer them up? Can you ring a friend? and so on. Staying connected. Reminding people you love them and you're there for them can sometimes be the greatest gesture of all. 

No one is alone in this.
All of us are in different situations in this. Some are still with family, some are with partners, some are without both but ultimately we are all in the same boat. No one is alone. That is the beauty of having social media and technology in this day and age and right now is show positives in many ways. We can connect. We can help one another. Ring and facetime family, have a glass of wine with your friends, there's a lot of people currently doing live Instagrams with workouts or quizzes or chats. You don't have to feel alone through this. 

Surround yourself with comforts. 
This is a big one for me. I miss my family and boyfriend a great deal. I'm a very touchy feely person. It's my comfort. So I have made sure that I have lots of things around me which make me feel closer to them. My room is surrounded by pictures of me and Ste or my family. I have things dotted around which remind me of Ste. And I sleep with a teddy he got me every night, haha. But honestly it really does help. It doesn't have to be anything mega but just little things which help push you on through your day. 

Things to look forward to. 
 I saw someone on Facebook give me this idea and it's given me a little bit of hope! Get yourself a jar, then when you think of someone you want to see, something you want to do, a place you want to visit or go etc. write it down and pop it in the jar. Then when this is over and you're reunited with your loved ones and free to travel, you have all these amazing things to do, look forward to and be grateful for. I've started doing it for me and Ste and it's really helped in giving us somethings to be positive about. 

Let feelings in. 
This is slightly contradicting but I honestly believe to feel positivity we also have to address every feeling. If you feel like you need to cry, cry. If you want to sit there and say 'you know what this is sh*t', do it. We cannot simply be happy all of the time, especially during something as intense as this. It's emotional time. So feel what you need to feel and let it wave over you. This will all be over hopefully soon.

I'm sending lots of love to you all. Stay safe. Stay in. Keep smiling. 

Holli Jessi x

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