Learn How to Control Your Mind During Lockdown

With many major countries in ‘lockdown’ mode, most of you are likely stuck at home with a lot more time alone with your thoughts.

And it can be difficult to cope with all the fear, anxiety and uncertainty that may be swirling around in your head and then if you add kids into the mix – well jeez…it can be a recipe for making you feel like you’re teetering on the edge of insanity.

Look…I’ll be honest…I feel that too.

But I want to remind you all that you have personal power over your mind and your beliefs.

I agree, It’s a trying time for all of us and as the infection spreads, most of us are being told to stay indoors, disconnected from the rest of the world.

That’s when our deepest fears come to life. Fear of the future, fear for our loved ones, fear of our own lives…

And when our fear grows irrationally, our mind becomes our biggest enemy.

You see, every thought you think and every word you say – it forms a blueprint in your mind. Your mind then sets out to make this blueprint real.

So when you think the worst, your mind makes it happen.

But this particular characteristic of our mind also makes it extremely powerful.

Because if you start thinking positively and focus on all the good that can come out of this situation, your mind also makes that happen.

By changing your mindset, not only will you be able to bounce back from adversity, but you’ll also start living your best life – regardless of your circumstances.

Now, I know there’s tonnes of Facebook groups and WhatsApp groups that are sharing schedules for your kids, helpful YouTube channels and Joe Wicks offering free PE lessons in his living room, but how about some ideas for your mindset?

Well here’s some of my ideas that I’d like to share with you…

First, Keep your brain occupied and challenged. Set aside time in your routine for this. Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films and do puzzles

FutureLearn and OpenLearn have free online courses you could try.

There are lots of apps that can help you learn things, such as a foreign language or other new skills.

There are different ways to spend your time too. So today, I came up with a new easy design idea for our garden…admittedly my husband hates it when I get ‘ideas’ as it can usually mean he ends up making the idea happen, but this time, I’m doing it!💪

How about having a clear out?  You could sort through your possessions and put them away tidily, or have a spring clean.

You could also have a digital clear out.  Delete any old files and apps you don’t use, upgrade your software, update all your passwords or clear out your inboxes.

Maybe write letters or emails, or make phone calls with people you’ve been meaning to catch up with?

There are lots of different ways that you can relax, take notice of the present moment and use your creative side.

My eldest, Drew, has been practising her makeup skills using YouTube as inspiration.

Drawing, painting and colouring are all great mindfulness strategies too.

Then there’s playing a musical instrument and singing in your front room and high volume!

How about writing that story you’ve always wanted to get down on paper?

Or you could try yoga or meditation – a great way to calm and reframe your thoughts and emotions.

Then my favourite, which is making a music video with or without your children.  Dancing is like an antidepressant for your mind – here’s our family contribution that we made in week 1 of the Coronovirus Lockdown – it was really fun doing it and if anything, we embarrassed our 12yr old which was a bonus!  Dancing helps your mind and when you share it, it entertains the world and makes us all feel warm and fuzzy inside!

I hope these suggestions help and if you have any of your own, let’s hear them!

Julie xx