POSITIVITY IS A STATE OF MIND
Positivity has always been an important noun for me in terms of its importance for daily life, wellness and survival. Being a Sagittarian and staying true to the traits of the traveller come ever optimist, positivity was always going to be one of my most endearing traits.
I recently came across an apt quote for this post but also the current state of Corona virus happenings….
“Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind.”Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
of others around you and their needs, which may be greater than your own.
for what you have and make the most of the smaller things in life.
You have your heath, family and friends; that means you have all the riches in the world, as my late dad used to day.
to yourself and others. Don’t be a hero, offer help where you can and accept help if you need it.
above all be kind. Be happy. A smile stays on your lips for a few seconds but it can make someone’s day
Some time has now passed, since The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Coronovirus a pandemic, I have been trying to view this detrimental, replicating code AKA Covid-19 through the eyes of positivity so here’s why Coronavirus will not be messing with my approach at this surreal time…
1 The Scientist
Most of you know I’m a scientist by profession and with almost all of my training in Microbiology and Virology, a pandemic is something that you never imagine experiencing in the first world. It’s a topic of lectures and further reading. It may be my background knowledge that has helped me to decipher the clinical and scientific jargon in terms of understanding the containment of the virus and its pathophysiology but this has certainly made me feel a little better knowing its course. Following instructions is the key, social distancing, high risk groups, immunocompromised all noted and observed.
Lesson of Positivity: Pandemics are real but still in the minority
2Type 1 Diabetes
Living with Type 1 Diabetes for over 30 years has taught me discipline and the complete importance of being well and the severity or lets say penalties of what can happen when you don’t follow the rules and have a routine. I’ve been applying the same rules to the Coronavirus guidelines with the NHS issuing that Diabetes is in the High Risk Category so there is no other way than to be working from home for the next 12 weeks or so. The thought of shielding is a little daunting to start with but protecting myself is top priority as I know I’m immuno-compromised and vulnerable.
Lesson of Positivity: I have a really good chance of being OK.
Read about some of my daily and travel challenges living with Diabetes below:
3The Gift of Time
It may seem like THE world has literally come to a standstill but in MY world, I have received the gift of time. Time to do all the things that you’ve been almost stock piling somewhere. Mental lists consisting of priority jobs, which aren’t really a priority until now, cleaning, de-cluttering, brushing up on your language skills, trying out new recipes, reading, organising your electronic files, and the list goes on…
You will never have this calibre of time back so embrace it and make the most of it.
Lesson of Positivity: Time is precious, don’t waste it.
4No imminent travel plans
The fact that I won’t be travelling imminently with the current restrictions, filled me with a glow of positivity. You may remember that last year was a very busy long haul travel year for me and that really did take it’s toll even though I enjoyed every minute of it. 2020 was going to be a year of spontaneous travel for me but Covid-19 had different plans, maybe a curve ball, or possibly a blessing but looking at 2021 travel is definitely something to look forward to as Dr C and I will be booking a trip of a lifetime a year later for our 10th wedding anniversary. Time to make travel even more special.
Lesson of Positivity: Time to reflect and prepare for special travel
5Focus on Local
Aside from travelling, my other passion is supporting businesses in my local city, Leicester. I’ve really appreciated the community we have in the city and how everyone comes together at a time of need. It really does restore your faith in humankind and makes me proud to be part of this community and be able to offer support where I can.
Lesson of Positivity: See what’s around you and help it thrive
6 Health & Wellbeing
A positive state of mind is of course very good for health and wellbeing. Taking daily exercise, speaking with friends virtually and having meetings via other platforms apart from face to face has been a fantastic motivator and it’s definitely worth scheduling in a few of these a week. Oh, and it gives me a chance to show off my ruby woo (lipstick colour obvs!!!)
Lesson of Positivity: There is only one you, take care of you inside and out
So folks, you have so many reasons for adding more positivity in your lives but also I’d love to know how you’re doing with the subject in this uncertain time. Join the conversation below in the comments…