Positivity and helping my mental health

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How do you keep positive?  It's all a bit tricky at the moment isn't it? This week has been a bit of a tough one nationally I feel, so I thought I'd share a couple of ways I try and help maintain positivity and help my mental health. 

My weekly live last Thursday was on this very subject (have a watch here) and I asked people to share with me what they do to help themselves,  which gave me some great ideas of other things I'm going to put into practice.

Firstly, let's have a look at what I do myself, and number one for this rural child is to get outside and get fresh air at least once a day, and I mean really breathe in the fresh air and appreciate nature.  If I can combine it with a good brisk walk where I feel my legs have properly stretched then even better! 

As you can see here it's not the most glamorous part of my day, but it's certainly one of my favourites.  Getting outside and walking, running or cycling in the fresh air was also a real favourite amongst all my replies - so many people are feeling the benefit of nature post lockdown, and those lucky enough to live by the coast were very vocal about the benefit of sea air!

Being more present in the moment was a great positivity technique sent in by the fab Karen Laing from Pilates with Karen; who incidentally is a feed worth following for some great Epping Forest pics, pilates tips and guides and lots of lovely cake!

Personally I have made a real effort (and following some mindset workshops with Laura from Discovher) to stop comparing myself to others and to focus on what I can control and try and dismiss what I can't - basically I am trying to 'stay in my lane' and concentrate on doing what I do the way I feel is best.  

One fantastic suggestion I has from my very wise friend Fiona was music - particularly sharing music, she and her boys have a spotify playlist that they all share and add to, and listening to it together or apart is a real mood lifter.  Bring on the kitchen discos!

Kat Farmer at Does My Bum Look 40 uses exercise for a positivity boost (there's a definite theme here isn't there? As well as keeping busy with new creative projects (oh and wine...)

What do you do?  I'd love to hear.....

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