Apr 15, 2020 | Authentic Living | 0 comments

5 Ways To Keep A Positive Mindset While In Isolation

 

How far are you into lockdown? In Australia, we’re officially into our fourth week. If I’m honest with you, I would have to say that I’m beginning to feel a little hemmed in, which is surprising, because I am an introvert and enjoy all the quiet time I can get. But too much of a good thing can get downright boring. 

I’ve instigated a few routines to keep a positive mindset over the past month, you can read about them here. But lately, I’ve been feeling the need to go a bit deeper. So I’ve done some research, and I’ve found these 5 things have been working really well to keep me positive. I’ve shared them here with you in the hope that they will help you too.

My Best 5 Ways To Keep A Positive Mindset While In Isolation

1. Online Kundalini Yoga

This is a bit out of the box, I know. But stay with me. Kundalini yoga is full of dynamic breathwork and ancient techniques to move and release stagnant energy and push you past limitations and blocks. It also raises your heartbeat and gives you a good sweaty workout. 

Don’t be put off by the turban-wearing devotees of this ancient yogic practice, you don’t have to own an endless amount of baggy white clothing to participate. Just find a qualified teacher online and learn some of the kriya’s, meditations and practices so you can move energy around your body and keep your mind positive. I’m loving the full moon practices of The Light Collective. The gorgeous instructor Sian Pascale is from Melbourne, Australia. She’s knowledgeable, intelligent and down to earth.

2. Origami

Fiddly paper folding is not something I would typically go for. Still, I purchased an origami -a -day calendar online, thinking my husband, who loves all things Japanese, would love it. Turns out that I love it. For the 15-20 minutes that you’re folding those little pieces of paper into dainty animals, you can think of nothing else. It’s a sweet and welcome moment of mindfulness that results in a delicate little creation. Creating things of beauty, however momentary, is an excellent thing to do for a positive mindset.

3. Watching Things Grow Creates A Positive Mindset

One of the hashtags I use most commonly on Instagram is #crazyplantlady 

I love plants and gardening and have not been without a vegetable patch since I discovered my passion for growing food in Tasmania. (check out this post I wrote about living a simple life there) Lately, I’ve started reading about how to propagate different types of plants. Partly because going to the nursery has become a scary reminder of the situation we’re all in, with nursery staff in face masks and everyone looking at everyone else like they’re lepers. And partly because nature is mind-boggling. My mindset is improved just by learning how resilient plants are and how easily they will reproduce. It gives me hope for the future in 2 ways:

While we’re all tucked up at home, our earth is happily healing itself

Humans are just as resilient as plants. Once this COVID 19 mania is over and it’s safe to go outside again, we will be smarter and more compassionate than before. We will create a better way of life.

And seeing all of those plant cuttings and seeds hovering over plates and jars in my home gives me such a boost. Creation is good for the soul. We are all born creators, have a go at propagating some plants at home and see how good it makes you feel.

Nothing creates a positive mindset more than taking care of others. How can you do that if you’re confined to your home? 

4. Keep a positive mindset by taking care of others

Nothing creates a positive mindset more than taking care of others. How can you do that if you’re confined to your home? 

If you live in Australia, you can get in touch with the Red Cross, who has a beautiful “check-in service.” It’s such a simple concept that yields excellent results for the giver and the receiver. The Red Cross gives you a list of phone numbers of elderly people who live at home alone. Every morning you call those people to check in with them and offer a little company. If something is amiss you let the Red Cross know and they send someone around to help. What could be simpler? If you don’t have the Red Cross where you live do a bit of googling and see if there’s a similar program you could join to help others in your community.

5. Less virtual, more reality

I’ve taken social media off my phone and my iPad. The biggest thing I’m discovering about keeping a positive mindset is that living in the moment is glorious. I’m looking for ways to keep myself productive and positive and social media does not contribute to that. Do I miss it? Yes, sometimes I do, and when the need to scroll becomes too much I do 2 things:

  1. Find something to create. Draw in my journal, write, potter in my courtyard garden, do yoga, read. Creative pursuits will enable a positive mindset more than anything else.
  2. Access social media from my desktop. Sometimes the need to scroll overcomes everything else. And I admit, a bit of mindless scrolling soothes the nerves and creates a feeling of connection with the world. But only accessing it from my desktop computer means I’m able to have more control over the amount of time I spend scrolling. The social media apps on your phone are modelled like slot machines and are designed to keep you addicted. Access Instagram or Facebook from your desktop and all the bells and whistles are removed, so you have control over how much attention you give to it.

So, that’s how I’m keeping a positive mindset in these strange times of social distancing and isolation. I hope something I’ve shared with you in this post sparks something in you too.

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