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5 Ways to Stay Sane during Lockdown

Words: © Diane Demetre

I think we can all admit that we’re going stir-crazy from these government-imposed restrictions and lockdowns. The ongoing inconsistency and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 has certainly unsettled us in different ways.

We try to make use of our time in isolation rather than watching endless Netflix series. We even promise ourselves that we’ll do those stay-at-home tasks we’ve been putting off for ages. But come the next day, it all seems too hard. “I’ll do it tomorrow or next week.”

But then it seems we never have the time. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. But it’s not time we are lacking, it’s commitment and the motivation to get the job done! To be honest, humans are lazy. But it’s not us. It’s our brains.I explain this further in The Magic of Myelination, which you can grab a FREE copy here. However, it’s our brain, so it’s up to us to take charge.

Now is the perfect time to master our mindset and rewire our brain. Time to finally conquer those bad brain habits and unlock capabilities that we never thought we had. The only way to overcome the current fear is to shift our perspective. . . to Face Everything And Rise!

So, here are 5 simple ways you can stay sane during lockdown and enhance your master mindset.

1. Exercise

Now don’t click away just yet, hear me out. 😊 I know this one isn’t everyone’s favourite, but we all know the benefits of exercise. It’s just a matter of application, of actually doing it. Exercise has been shown to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, keep our weight in check, and improve our mental health, which is what we all need now.

There are many forms of exercise. It doesn’t have to be a hardcore workout, or the Tae Bo you used to do every Saturday with Billy Slater. It can be as simple as a little dance to your favourite song. Break out some of your freestyle moves you use at the clubs or at parties.

Here are some of my go-to moves to get that little bit of exercise in everyday:

  • Dancing
  • Stretching
  • Calisthenics on the spots – just like the army does
  • Completing chores at double-time
  • Walking the dogs, a little further

Do whatever it takes to get those 10,000s step in, your heart rate up and your blood flowing. Trust me, you’ll feel brand new afterwards AND you won’t worry so much about the madness going on around you.

2. Learn a new skill

Has there always been a language you wanted to learn? Do you have any unused musical instruments or paint sets laying around? Or maybe you’ve always wanted to know how to master a skill you already know?

When we learn or master a new skill, we light up our neural pathways and get that wonderful wave of accomplishment. I call it the Feel-Good Factor. The Feel-Good Factor is a feeling that our brains constantly search for which motivates us to continue with the skill so the brain can have more of the feeling. The key is to take the first step and stick with it. Employ the Joy and your brain will love you for it ❤️ 

3. Become a great home cook or baker

There’s something about cooking a warm meal at home during winter that just makes our hearts fuzzy and our tummies warm. It connects us to our creativity and gives our brains the Feel-Good Factor they love. Not only thatwe also get to eat and enjoy our accomplishment at the end.

Choose recipes that inspire you and aren’t too complicated. You’re not auditioning for Master Chef, so don’t set yourself up for failure.

It could be as simple as:

  • A Soup
  • A form of pasta (maybe making the pasta from scratch)
  • Developing your own nachos recipe
  • Baking an apple pie

Remember, this is supposed to be fun. Home cooking and baking are wonderful ways to share love with your family. The act of sitting round the dinner table, TOGETHER, could be the start of a new phase of communication, understanding and good times in your family.

4. Meditating

When many people hear the word meditation, they conjure up images of sitting cross-legged, humming mantras, and trying to clear their minds of all thought. But meditation doesn’t have to be like that. In fact, many people meditate when exercising except they don’t realise that in the movement their mind is still. Athletes call it being in the zone.

During times of heightened stress, meditation brings great reward. Much like exercise, it feels better after we do it, and the more we practice, even if only for ten to fifteen minutes a day, the more we appreciate how this simple exercise enriches our life. Meditation is a haven whenever we need to hit the reset button mentally, emotionally, and physically. It calibrates our energy and brain, improving our overall heath and well-being.

If you’d like to know more about how to meditate, join me for my Full Moon Meditations each month or watch them on You Tube. Before you begin, grab your FREE Meditation Checklist here.

5. Choose an outcome and get it done

You’re sitting at your desk at home, writing a list of things that need to be done. Chores, errands, tasks, projects, and more start to swirl around your head, and you just feel like giving up. Soon, something as simple as getting your thoughts down on paper has turned into a new chore for you. Your brain fries and nothing gets done. It can be overwhelming!

The simplest way to move past this stalemate is to write a list of three simple things you can do today AND GET THEM DONE! Keep going until you finish them, then add a few more to your list.

By taking smaller incremental steps like this, you begin training your brain not to be lazy. Over time, you will find your completion rate soar, the tasks will be completed faster, and you’ll be confident to add bigger, more challenging tasks to your list.

These 5 simple ways to stay sane are guaranteed to improve your ability to cope with the current situation. And remember my #1 tip is to TURN OFF mainstream media! Don’t buy into the scare campaigns. Use common sense, honour your health, and know that you have the capacity to be more than you ever thought possible.

If you’d like help to remain sane during lockdown, visit https://mastermindset.com.au/master-mindset-coaching/

Diane Demetre

Diane Demetre is a Leadership & Mindset Speaker, Master Mindset Coach & Mentor, and multi-published Author with a 40+ year career spanning education, entertainment and entrepreneurship. Awarded an International Women’s Day Leadership Award, Diane is a powerhouse of educated insight, practical experience, and dynamic leadership. You can find out more about her keynote speaking at www.diandemetre.com and her other services at www.mastermindset.com.au

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