As I am sure everyone is trying to do their best during these tough times, I would like to share with you some of the tips that could help you chase away ”worry thoughts” coming your way during difficult times.
++ One idea would be that whenever you feel stress approaching, start quickly a breathing session while you breathe more deeply (8 sec.) and repeat this exercise; also, you should manage to move every day, even if you stay inside the whole day, finding ways to stretch and move while doing your things – this will help you maintain a good immunity and 🙂 stay cheerful
++ also, cleaning and making a bit or order is bringing you positive vibes; you can recycle newspapers, put some order in your wardrobe, wash dishes, use the vacuum, water the plants :), repaint a wall, wash textiles, put your kid’s toys in order….the more you see the space fresh and clean around you, the more your mental status will boost with optimism and wellbeing
++ another trick that is always working is.. Mr Bean 🙂 No matter what is happening around you, if you need a bit of laughter or joy, find the Mr Bean sketches on the internet and watch those that you like more – believe me, it always works!! If you don’t like Mr Bean, then you can look for Charlie Chaplin, Fernandel, Jerry Lewis, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy or anyone else; you can also use this link for Mr. Bean, if you wish: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48HwpwkPZ74
++ cooking is also a great trick; even if you know to cook or not, choose a simple recipe and start to cook. Along the cooking steps, you will notice how you will focus more and more on the cooking ans less on other things; in the end, if your result is hopefully tasty you will see what an amazing feeling it gives – having something valuable that you have created yourself :). For anyone I guess, the recipe of ”Pancakes” is an easy start, I was taught to prepare these by my dad when I was 12 and I have not forgotten the recipe. In the photo is a Portokalopita Greek cake I have prepared recently.
++ gardening can be a great activity bringing you a lot of positive vibes – no matter if you have a garden or just a balcony, you can take care of some plants, grow some small veggies (onions, cherry tomatoes 😉 , small peppers, radishes, zucchini), strawberries or just some herbs like mint, rosemary, thyme. They do not need much effort and it will make you really happy to taste something good from time to time. Simple plants can also fit your apartment whether they have flowers or not, they will produce some oxygen and good mood for you every day.
++ drawing or painting alone or with your kids/family; you don’t need any talent, you can just use your imagination and use the colours you like. You can also try to use a colouring book or to copy a landscape 😉 from somewhere with your own hand. I have painted a whole wall in our apartment and seeing how I was advancing every day gave me a lot of good vibes and confidence in my talents
++ also keep in mind that if you don’t drink enough liquids, it could create a bit of stress and head-aches; so remember to drink every day min. 1 l of healthy drinks – teas, a bit of coffee, water, mineral/spring water, fruit juice (but no Fanta), coconut water, carrot juice, non-alcoholic beer – these will keep you 🙂 in super-shape!
Besides these ideas, there are many other things you can still do – dancing, reading something motivating, talking on the phone, spending time with your loved ones and from time to time try to still go out and take some fresh air in spots where you know you will not be meeting people and where the air is fresh and clean.