In search of Silver Linings – How to stay positive

In search of Silver Linings – How to stay positive

Amidst all this coronavirus chaos, I have been trying hard to avoid all the constant negative news. Here’s how I have been prioritising my mental wellbeing and trying to find the silver linings and staying positive through it all.

Start the day right and try and mindfully move through your day

I find how I start my day usually sets the tone for the rest of the day.

I have a morning routine which I find really helps! I start by making myself a coffee and then I cosy up and  read a chapter of a book. I usually read a non-fiction book in the morning which helps to get my thoughts going.

I then shower, have a toast or cereal for breakfast and then settle down at my desk. For half an hour I journal and then meditate for 10 minutes. Part of this is writing my gratitude list which is such a great way to appreciate what I have rather than focus on what I don’t.

Whilst doing this I like to have a candle burning and a nice essential oil in my diffuser. Currently loving Wild Orange from doTerra and Neom’s range.

At 9am ever since lockdown I have also been doing P.E. with Joe Wicks for half an hour which I absolutely love!

I then try and go about my day in a mindful way, for example really treasuring sips of coffee, trying not to multi-task and giving each task my full attention and eating my meals mindfully too.

At the end of the day before bed I like to read a chapter or more of a fiction book and sometimes I even drag out my colouring book!

By doing all of this as much as I can I really enjoy several moments in the day and it helps focus my mind away from fearful or stressful situations.

An hour before bed I stop looking at my phone!

Find the optimistic viewpoint in a negative situation

I always try to find one thing or a few things that are positive or good about a stressful situation.

Taking the current lockdown as an example, the positives I have found are finding joy in cooking for two at lunch and dinner and getting creative in the kitchen. I have also enjoyed all the amazing free resources out there such as The Body Coach’s daily exercise, live streaming of various shows and performances and being able to do virtual museum tours etc. Check out my post:

Free ways to explore the world during lockdown

I love the time I have to read, do tasks I have been putting off and being able to do blog admin!

From a work perspective I have enjoyed finding new strategies and work-arounds and thinking outside the box.

If you are able to help a cause or a person during this time do! It’s a great way to make a difference and helps with the feel-good factor! So many charities are struggling with funding, especially those that are reliant on footfall/tourism.

Be careful what you let into your mind

To be able to stay positive it is essential to have influences in your life that support you and lift you up instead of dragging you down and to carefully consider what you let into your mind. I would recommend muting the words Corona Virus and Covid 19 on twitter for one! I also limit my exposure to the news to once a day. I replace this with looking at cute and funny pictures and videos.

I avoid discussions about things that make me anxious and avoid speaking to people who make me anxious too! Instead I love my WhatsApp groups with people who bring joy.

Get fresh air regularly and eat and sleep well.

A  good night’s sleep makes such a big difference when my thoughts are pessimistic and going out for a breath of fresh air everyday is important too to clear any cobwebs! I normally take a stroll in my garden. When the weather gets better and warmer I may even go and read outside!

How have you been trying to stay positive?

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Binita Shah-Patel

Hi, I’m Binny – a writer, dreamer, serial wanderluster and travel addict. I am originally from Kenya but now live in London. I set up this blog to share my experiences eating out as well as travelling.

I love packing my bags and going off on adventures as one of the best things about travelling is the ability to just get lost in it. To set aside the maps and itineraries and just see where the road takes you, learning and evolving and living in the moment along the way.

It’s my goal to get swept off my feet as often as possible.

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11 Comments

  1. April 1, 2020 / 7:41 am

    Great to see a positive insight into your day Binny! Coffee, PE with Joe and colouring are things I also do and agreed, don’t focus on negativity!

  2. April 1, 2020 / 7:45 am

    I love this Binny! I think I might have to give Joe Wicks a go myself – I’ve heard it’s a great work-out. I really need to focus on developing a new WFM routine too.

  3. April 1, 2020 / 8:05 am

    Ahhh Binny I am so with you on these points. I too am extremely careful what I let into my headspace. I do not watch the news (Nik gives me a highlight reel at the end of the day) and I have seriously limited my time on social media. We just have to feel our way through these tender times the best we can dont we!

  4. April 1, 2020 / 8:15 am

    I found that limiting the news also helped me, as well as snoozing people who seem to be thriving with this negativity. I had forgotten about my colouring books, must bring those out and start to enjoy those too! Great tips lovely, thanks for sharing! Stay safe xoxo

  5. April 1, 2020 / 8:20 am

    I sure am staying positive. We can’t control what is happening but we sure can control how we act to help us get through this. Love these tips and routine for me is key!

  6. April 1, 2020 / 8:56 am

    Binny, you always have such amazing positive energy!! I love our what’s app group for staying positive too!

  7. Emma
    April 1, 2020 / 10:37 am

    A routine definately helps. Also being kind to yourself – if you don’t want to be productive, allow yourself a Netflix marathon. if you’re feeling inspired, write those blog posts! Doing what’s right for you is important.
    Em x

  8. April 2, 2020 / 6:18 am

    It’s nice having a good routine, I also exercise, eat well and meditate to start the day and with work it really does keep the lockdown days flying by.

  9. April 2, 2020 / 10:04 am

    Trying to stay positive and there are some great tips here. I’ve started colouring in with the girls and it really lovely doing it together.

  10. April 2, 2020 / 7:25 pm

    Fresh air all the way, we are walking for an hour each evening and it is so so good. I do need to try harder to have a shower each day (TMI) but it doesn’t fit the work/baby schedule!

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