How can you bring joy into your life when lifting Covid-19 restrictions has been delayed for 4 weeks?
The changes that the Covid-19 pandemic has made to our lives can, at times, seem never ending. It seems like we have been dealing with the pandemic for a long time. We don’t want to forget that living in the UK we are the lucky ones in the world. We have our NHS and the vaccination programme. On the other hand, it is natural that we are starting to feel emotional fatigue and generally low especially at the latest news of the restriction-lifting being delayed for 4 weeks. Many of us have been going through some really tough situations, too, and joy is hard to find.
This isn’t that different from our own lives. We need to find ways to bring joy from the inside, no matter what is happening in the wider world. We cannot control so many external factors, but we can control the way we react and do small things to bring that feeling of joy.
My top tip to increase joy in your life
My number one tip is to really examine what is going on in your life. Take some time to consider it mindfully and if it doesn’t “spark joy” as Marie Kondo (the clearing and tidying guru) says, get rid of it! In this way you get to decide what you’re doing with your life. I realise that this is real life and you probably aren’t going to get the opportunity to do this all at once. You will find, however, that each area you question makes you feel better.
I started with ironing; I decided that I don’t need it! In the past I used to have piles of ironing waiting to be done and feeling bad about it. Now I don’t. There are the odd crinkly summer items that need a quick once over once they come out of the wardrobe but that sense of weight that I used to feel seeing those piles is gone! I have a way to go but little by little I am making those small changes. I realise that we all need to do the boring stuff, tidying and cleaning, but when we have done it, we can have a spark of joy at the results.
Daily Joyful Tasks:
- In the morning either think of 3 things to be grateful for – even if you are feeling really low, we all have our breath to feel grateful for while we are alive – or you can journal. This can have a positive effect on our mood. Have a look at my blog on Gratitude for more on this.
- Think of something to look forward to in your day. This doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can be phoning a friend, reading a book, watching a favourite TV show, reading to your child, or having a lovely warm bath in the evening. Be mindful when you get to do your cherished pastime so that you appreciate it more.
- At bedtime – find 3 things to be grateful for in your day, do some gentle stretching and do a short meditation.
I couldn’t forget:
Men’s Health Week – 15th – 21st June
As you may have seen on my social media, it was Men’s Health Week this week.
The five ways to wellbeing are five things we can all do that are scientifically-proven to help us feel better. For the CAN DO Challenge, everyone can choose a different way to wellbeing to try each day of Men’s Health Week and all year round.
A ‘CAN DO’ Challenge is the theme for this year’s Men’s Health Week. The challenge embraces the five ways to wellbeing over the first 5 days:
🏋️♂️ Be active
💡 Keep learning
💝 Give to others
👁 Take notice
Men are being tasked with putting into action a different way to help their wellbeing each day of the week, and at the weekend repeat their favourite two activities! Please share this with the men you care about. Together we can improve the statistics: One man in five dies before the age of 65.
Men’s Mental Health
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In my blog of November 2020 I shared some statistics:
According to the Mental Health Foundation
- In England, women are more likely than men to have a common mental health problem. Women are almost twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety disorders.
- In 2013, 6,233 suicides were recorded in the UK for people aged 15 and older. Of these, 78% were male and 22% were female.
A survey commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation show that less than one in four (24%) men who have felt high levels of stress discussed this with a friend or family member. We need to change our culture so that men feel it’s okay to talk.
How the Live Well Practice can help:
If you need any help with overcoming a particular issue such as anxiety, stress, or want to change your habits to become healthier or more motivated, please get in touch with me. I am a clinical hypnotherapist and Reiki practitioner. I can also help to get your life back into balance through mindfulness and meditation. If you would like to book in for a free consultation, please book into my diary here or you can reach me via email email@example.com or on 075 222 777 22.
I also offer professional and cost effective one to one sessions, workshops and courses in the workplace through my sister business the Work Well Practice