It feels a bit like an April Fool’s Joke?!

One cannot help this—this morning when I woke up, I felt so happy and rested until I realized it was not a nightmare, we are really in lock-down and facing a multitude of fears.  (I will miss all the office pranks today)  We need to actively focus on the future and have to do everything to avoid a psychological depression.  We need to stand strong to be able to get through this, and more importantly, to reap the benefits of the multitude of opportunities that will arise.

Understand you are responsible

You have to stay in charge of your business, your family and your happiness.  Don’t wait for others for guidance or to put a smile on your face.  Actively plan for the now and the future.  Identify changes that will happen or that you want to happen and plan for it now.  Plan for each day of lock-down and more importantly, for after the lockdown.

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided” – JK Rowling

Fake it till you make it

Put a smile on your face.  Everybody is in the same situation—literally the whole world.  Smile for the sake of your family and it will make you feel better, especially if you see how others respond to that.

“Peace begins with a smile” – Mother Teresa

Sleep is key

Sleep deprivation is a key reason for depression.  You are much more likely to feel negative emotions with a lack of sleep.  Now, more than ever, with all the stress we face, it is important to make sure we sleep enough.

Remind yourself of the things you are grateful for

What made you happy each day.  Look for positives in every experience.  Play “Good News, Bad News”.  Each person would need to tell something that is not so great and then the other team counters with what is good about it.  You will see the good news always triumphs and you might spot a few valuable tips to create new opportunities for your business and your family lifestyle.

Give more

One lesson we can take from this—is that community matters and the people around you matters.  Take this time to get more involved in each other’s lives, make time for them, compliment them!  Do one good deed a day!

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy

Exercise

This will help you to stay healthy and avoid the ugly teeth of depression. Even just a few minutes a day will make a huge difference.  Stretch with calming music or even add affirmations to the routine.  Invent funny new ways to exercise at your house and make it a group activity with your family, like line dancing—lots of fun!

Cultivate Optimism

Optimism make your personal and work relationships better.  It’s not only about expectations, it’s about how you interpret everything in life.  Force yourself to an optimistic state of mind and slowly it will become natural.  Change from panic mode to planning mode.  Share your optimism and plans with your friends, colleagues and family.

Start by doing what’s necessary, then do what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” – Francis of Assisi

Study something new

Now is the best time to study a particular subject that you were    always interested in.  We cannot  really learn new crafts because the stores are closed, but you can read on other subjects like healthy dieting,           reflexology, or anything you may dream of—the internet is open!  Practice some of the things you learn together as a family, maybe yoga or baking cakes with beetroot, practice massage techniques or whatever!!

Look good every day and never let yourself down

Dress to work, look great, not like a washed out version of yourself. Eat healthy, exercise, be positive, stick tour plan, be positive, smile, help others and just be the greatest version of yourself!