13 ways I’m trying to stay positive.

Well this is strange. We’re currently just over a week into social distancing (we haven’t really been anywhere or seen anybody since last week) and as weird as it is for us, I’m guessing it’s a whole lot stranger for the kids. School’s stopped, their clubs have stopped, they can’t see their friends, they can’t see their family. Harley keeps asking me if the germ that everybody is talking about has gone yet and it makes me feel helpless.

I’m trying very hard to stay positive and the kids are most definitely helping as they’re keeping us very busy. I thought I’d share some of the things that are helping to keep our spirits up:

  • 1. Following a morning routine.

I make sure we’re all up, showered and dressed every morning. Something about clean clothes and a shower makes me feel so much better.

  • 2. Putting on my make-up.

I definitely need that concealer. And my eyebrows.

  • 3. Planning the day for the kids.

Twinkl is my new bestie and I’m really enjoying helping Harley with his schoolwork and planning his day. We’re doing little bits at a time including reading, things that have been sent home from his school (they’ve been great at sending over lots of ideas too) and I’ve been downloading worksheets and activities off the internet.

  • 4. Planning fun activities for the kids.

We’ve been trying to keep things fun – movie nights, disco and plenty of play in the garden. They have a den, Harley has created his own zoo in his bedroom and we’ve been making the most of the sunshine.

  • 5. That daily exercise is key.

Every day we’ve been going for a walk around the block, which is something we never normally do. Harley and I have been racing – he’s so fast – and I’ve created some activity sheets with different things to find on our walks. Just getting out of the house, even for 15 minutes makes you feel so much better.

  • 6. #happymoments

This isn’t forever and in a few months (hopefully) time we’ll look back at this time when we’re all back at work, school and general everyday life so I’ve started documenting the small happy moments we’re having everyday on my Instagram page, something for me to look back on.

  • 7. FRIENDS.

Basically the answer to everything. Feeling sad? Watch Friends. Need to laugh? Friends. Looking for a good meme? Friends.

  • 8. Creating a good social feed.

There’s a hell of a lot of doom and gloom on social media right now and I understand why but I’ve taken the decision to hide the negative from my social feeds. I’ve also started following @goodnews_movement on Instagram and it’s full of fun and heartwarming content during this very weird moment in time.

  • 9. Houseparty.

YES – just don’t ask me to draw.

  • 10. Cleaning.

This has always been my thing whether I’m feeling happy, sad or angry. Just think how clean our houses will be when this is all over!

  • 11. And organising.

I live for this kind of stuff!

  • 12. No negativity TV.

Whilst it’s obviously important to keep up to date with everything that’s happening, I’m no longer watching the rolling news and instead just watch the daily briefing from the government. For me TV right now is about the good vibes – Disney+, hayu and Netflix – sidenote: who’s been watching Tiger King?!

  • 13. Family time.

Whilst this is a horrible horrible situation, one good thing I’m taking from this is the time I get to spend with my little family. We have never had so much time together without any distractions and places to be. I’m missing my parents, grandparents, sister, nieces and everybody else so much but hopefully it won’t be for too long.

Right now it’s hard and I’m sure it’s going to get harder but it’s for the greater good. Stay safe everybody!

The Aspiring Yummy Mummy. x


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