Positive thoughts from Lockdown #5

This week, my positive thoughts include:

馃挅 tips on how to achieve your goals in the week ahead;

馃挅 my realisation that I don't actually want my daughter to go back to school yet;

馃挅 advice on how to be kind (including a video guide, and a free guided meditation audio);

馃挅 and some (hopefully amusing) musings on what we're all buying in lockdown.

I hope you find them inspiring and supportive!


Lockdown is a journey, not a destination.

So what do you want to achieve next week?

Three different approaches to try:

1锔忊儯 Eat That Frog

What's the thing that is hanging over you, the thing you always procrastinate about?

That's your "Frog".

As Mark Twain said,

"If it's your job to eat a frog, it's best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it's your job to eat two frogs, it's best to eat the biggest one first."

So get it done this week.

2锔忊儯 Your "One Thing"

What's the "one thing" that if you did it would make the biggest difference?

This is based on the 80/20 rule: 80% of our results come from 20% of our actions.

So really focus on doing the 20% that makes the biggest difference.

3锔忊儯 Your mindset

How do you want to feel this week?

Motivated, calm, positive, energised?

Set that as your goal.

Remind yourself when you wake up:

"today I choose to be calm".

Stick a post-it on your laptop, schedule it in your calendar, put alarms on your phone.

What you choose to focus on will grow.

馃敟 So what's your frog/ "one thing"/ mindset goal next week?

2. 鉁达笍 THE JOY OF HOME 鉁达笍

[This post was published on Tuesday 21st April.]

Today would have been the start of my daughter's Summer Term.

I'm surprised to realise it - but actually I'm relieved she isn't going back to school yet.

While the last month has been strange... also feels like a golden oasis of family time, in astonishing spring sunshine.

Something we鈥檇 never have had, if we hadn鈥檛 been forced into it.

It reminds me of a line from a Stone Roses song I used to listen to obsessively as a teenager:

"Stop the world, I'm getting off.鈥

Despite its challenges, I鈥檓 not quite ready to lose this closeness yet.

I know it's a lot easier for me to enjoy now with a big garden, an already-online business, and a retired husband to help.

But I hope it's possible for everyone to find some good in this unprecedented world...

...where we are forced into the narrowest possible horizons 馃挅

馃敟 What has being in lockdown given you the opportunity to do/ enjoy?

3. 鉁达笍 HOW TO BE KIND 鉁达笍

We are all following the same lockdown rules...

...but we're all experiencing lockdown very differently, depending on our circumstances:

馃敻 homeschooling / don't have kids at home

馃敻 WFH / furloughed

馃敻 with family / alone

馃敻 no outside space / garden.

You never really know what someone鈥檚 going through.

It's like that old saying: can't understand someone's point of view unless you've walked a mile in their shoes... 馃懀

The world is currently demonstrating an amazing capacity for community support (the Clap for Carers 鉂わ笍).

But we can go further, cultivating compassion and kindness for all - not just those in obvious need.

A great way to do this is through what's called a "loving kindness" meditation.

This helps us build our kindness muscle, so it becomes a default reaction.

(And recent scientific studies suggest it also slows the ageing process - so it's a win/win... 馃槈)

I've recorded a free loving kindness guided meditation - you can access it here, or watch the video explaining it here.

馃挅 The world would be a better place with more kindness and compassion in it.

馃挅 This was true before the coronavirus crisis, but is even more true now.

馃挅 Choose to be kind.


Netflix and loungewear sales are booming.

But what else are we buying in lockdown? 馃

馃弸锔忊嶁檧锔 kettlebells - sales up 419%

馃憯 鈥渢op-half鈥 clothing - sales up 167% (versus only 39% increase for 鈥渂ottom-half鈥 馃槀)

鉁傦笍 beard trimmers - sales up 138%.

I鈥檝e definitely bought some things I wouldn鈥檛 normally:

馃崋 Thai pea aubergine seeds (so I can eventually make a proper green curry at home)

馃憭 teal and orange - ie brand colour - hairbands (for when my roots become untenable for video/ Zoom)

馃崬 half a kilo pack of dried yeast (I have never baked bread before...)

And on my wish list:

馃攩 one of those ring selfie lights

馃捇 a branded Zoom backdrop (like those from Chris Chadwick at Binary Box)

鉀 a giant patio umbrella!

馃敟 What have you bought to make lockdown more bearable?

馃敟 Or what鈥檚 on your wish list?

I'd love to hear your answers to any of these questions - just email me on

Wishing a positive and healthy week! 馃挅

Kirsten xx

p.s. don't forget you can download my FREE loving kindness guided meditation - just click here.

And if you'd like support at this difficult time, my Power Hours are now only 拢97- email me to arrange an online coaching session 馃専