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Positive thoughts from Lockdown #4



This week's blog is another collection of my positive posts from LinkedIn over the last week.


I hope you find them supportive, inspiring and thought-provoking! 馃挅



1. 鉁达笍 HOW TO CREATE A BETTER "NOW" 鉁达笍


[this post was written on Easter Monday]


I woke up feeling anxious yesterday.


Easter (a great short-term focus) was over.


Instead, the possibility of more months ahead in lockdown, and no school until Sept, was looming.


How on earth do I balance everything so I find time to work on my business? 馃槵


My main tool to deal with this situation so far: to take things day by day.


As Eckhart Tolle says,


馃専 "Realise deeply that the present moment is all you have."



But you CAN take steps now to create a better "present" for the future.


It's about little adjustments:


鉁 I will get back to getting up at 6am to do my "Deep Work" before the house wakes (this is hugely productive for me)


鉁 during my mum's daily FaceTime hour with my daughter, I will work (rather than do the washing/ make lunch)


鉁 I will get back to using my Bullet Journal Daily Log, which helps me focus and use my time efficiently


鉁 and I will use the motivation of external accountability by swapping monthly goals with a business friend.


With these little actions, I calm that voice panicking about the future.


And I can focus on staying positive in the present 馃挅


馃敟 What little adjustment could you make today that will help you create a better "present" for tomorrow?




2. 鉁达笍 ARE YOU THRIVING, COPING, OR STRUGGLING? 鉁达笍


The most important part of each day is when I ask my family,


"how was today for you?"


We are now in our 5th week of lockdown, with many more to come.


Safeguarding our mental health is my top priority.


Mental health is a continuum:


THRIVING 鈫旓笍 COPING 鈫旓笍 STRUGGLING


I was definitely "struggling" during my years of chronic fatigue and panic attacks.


And we can all move around the scale (sometimes hourly!) depending on what's going on.


馃専 BUT if I head down the scale, I now have the tools to move me back into "thriving" - and help me stay there.


This situation is creating an unprecedented challenge to all of our mental health.


鉁 So think about where you are:


THRIVING 鈫旓笍 COPING 鈫旓笍 STRUGGLING


鉁 And then take the action that helps you get to "thriving", or stay there, such as:


馃専 asking for help


馃専 doing something absorbing and fun


馃専 or doing some simple deep breathing to re-set your system to calm.


I have a lot of free resources on my website that can help, from guided visualisations to advice on powerful breathing exercises: https://www.kirstengoodwin.co.uk/resources


馃敟 How are you feeling today: "thriving/ coping/ struggling"?


馃敟 What helps you "thrive"?