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Creating a positive mindset

M.I.N.D.S.E.T.

Tips for creating a positive mindset during lockdown.

M – Focus on things that are meaningful and important to you

By doing things that mean a lot to you then you are aligning with your purpose and what matters most to you. These are the things that will keep you motivated and happier during lockdown.

I – Influence

Make a list of things in your life you can control and things you can’t control, for example, we can’t control what anyone else does around social distancing, but you can control your own approach to keeping safe. Spend time on the things you can control and let go of those you can’t.

N – Notice how you are feeling

..and what your thoughts are, start to become aware of your inner dialogue (self-talk) and how your body is feeling. It is often helpful to take a few minutes where you can, to pause and become present to what is around you.

Our brains are often busy thinking about what might happen in the future or ruminating on the past. By stopping and becoming aware of what is immediately around you it can stop the internal chatter.

Try finding 5 things you can see, 4 you can hear, 3 you can feel, 2 you can smell and 1 taste. When this is done you will likely be in the present moment. If you can, combine this with a walk and you will gain the added benefit that walking will bring to calming your body.

D – Discover what good things there are in your life

With the change to our way of life during lockdown and the anxiety this brings, it is natural for our attention to be drawn to the negative things around us. Spend a few minutes at the start and end of each day identifying things that are good, these might be small, for example having a nice cup of tea or seeing a bird in your garden, it doesn’t matter what. By doing this you will be encouraging your mind to seek out the positives in your life. Also, think about what you are good at, what are your strengths and talents? find ways to use your strengths as much as you can to see you through this situation.

S – Slow down and keep things simple

If you have a goal for something you would like to get done during lockdown and it feels too big to get started, then break it down into small simple steps you can take one at a time. Perhaps, also enjoy the slowing down and simplicity life at home can bring.

E – Manage your energy levels

Take regular breaks and find something you really love to do, for example you could read a good book, do some gardening, cook your favourite meal, or perhaps listen to music. By immersing yourself in something you enjoy you can get lost in it, put aside worries and anxieties and will feel re-energised afterwards.

T – Take time out to relax

..and bring your focus on to your breath. When you are ready, breathe in slowly for a count of 5 and breathe out slowly to a count of 7. Repeat this five times and you will notice your body has relaxed and your mind calmed.


I hope you find these tips useful. Do let me know how you get on with them.

I’m running virtual Fresh Air Friday sessions whilst gathering are still not recommended. These are based around our usual monthly topics. June’s topic is all about Big Dreams. Check out my facebook page for more information.

Corrine Thomas
 

Corrine Thomas is an NLP coach with a particular interest in working with children to overcome bullying, anxiety and stress-related issues. She works with people individually, in workshops or as part of her outdoor development group, known as Fresh Air Fridays, which enables her to combine her coaching work with a love of the outdoors.

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Claire Bushell
Claire Bushell - 19 June 2020

I do love a good mnemonic, Corrine, and this is great one to keep my mind in check – which has a naughty habit of dipping into negative habits if I’m not careful. I challenged myself to remember this whilst going around on one of my daily walks and it was almost like I was back with you on a Fresh Air Friday walk! I must be missing them. I ended up dragging Diana around Snelsmore with me (socially distanced, of course) the other week and pretty much followed one of your paths down to Donnington Castle and back via Bagnor. Company and location was brilliant despite getting a little wet towards the end!

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Corrine Thomas
Corrine Thomas - 22 June 2020

Thank you Claire, I hope you are still finding this useful. It is easy to fall into negative thinking patterns because our brains are designed to focus on the negatives before the positives to keep us out of danger. I’ve found that by taking small actions every day using these tips, it has helped me to balance my thinking. I hope you enjoyed your walk at Snelsmore with Diana, I will be back running Fresh Air Fridays sessions there from August 7th.

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