5 tips on how to maintain a positive mindset during COVID-19

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Josie Malone wellbeing, candidate, client...

It’s 6am, your alarm is ringing, you get out of bed, jump in the shower, brush your teeth, get dressed, pour yourself a coffee and eat some breakfast… you’re ready and raring to go and start another day at work.

You get to the front door and suddenly realise today isn’t going to be a ‘normal day’. Today is in fact going to be a challenging day. A day where you won’t see your work colleagues or carry on with your usual duties. You know it’s going to be a serious day and you’re not quite sure what the day will entail or what emotions you may feel…

Sound familiar? You’re not alone.

As we join the rest of the nation to stay at home in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we’re adjusting to our new way of living. What was once known as a ‘normal routine’ has become a memory. Financial worries and mental health do go hand in hand so now more than ever is the time to form a new routine, prioritising your health and wellbeing.

At TXM Recruit, we know how important it is to keep a positive and active mindset. Working in partnership with Arthur Ellis, we’ve put together five tips on how to maintain a positive mindset during COVID-19, helping you stay healthy and happy.

1. Feel connected
As much as we’d love to spontaneously meet our friends for a quick drink down the pub or visit family homes for a bite to eat, there’s other ways we can feel connected.  By connecting with your friends, families and colleagues over the phone, social media or video call, you will feel instantly connected.  

Set up Whatsapp groups, schedule an evening video call or join Facebook Live music streams. Use this time to connect with those you don’t often get a chance to.

2. Take the time to reflect and learn
Knowledge is key! Now more than ever gives you the opportunity to learn something new that you’ve been meaning to do for a while and embrace new experiences. Whether that’s picking up a new hobby, watching YouTube tutorial videos or reading articles to further expand your knowledge.

3. Stay active
Although we’ve been instructed to stay where possible, the Government is allowing us to go outside for exercise. Now is the perfect time to try Couch to 5K, dust off your bicycle or simply go for a walk around the block. Fresh air will help clear your mind and as we all know exercise is great for our health and wellbeing.

Virtual workouts are the latest trend as many are participating in Joe Wicks live classes on YouTube in the comfort of their own homes. Ultimately, do what physical exercise you can do and most of all enjoy it!

4. Allocate time
Routine is incredibly important for keeping a positive perspective on your day. Form a new routine by planning your day and allocate time for the activities you’d like to do including the chores that do need doing!

Plan when you’re going to learn something new. Allocate time for your daily exercise and when you’re going to chat to your friends. Creating a detailed schedule can be quite rewarding, especially when you can see what you’ve achieved at the end of the day.

5. Take notice on the things you enjoy
What have you done recently that’s brought you joy? Remember what’s made you feel happy and fill your mind with those positive thoughts.

If you’re aware that you’re not feeling great, avoid watching the news or reading anything that lowers your mood. Instead, distract yourself and take your mind off your low mood by watching a funny video that will make you laugh, or going for a walk and identify what can you see, hear, smell and how does it make you feel?

Remember, it’s ok to not be ok. If you’re worried about how to manage your wellbeing, please check out Arthur Ellis’s website as they offer some great support for those who really do need it. We've also included some helpful website links below.

Helpful links:
Arthur Ellis: Staying well and working from home
Mind: How to improve your mental wellbeing
NHS: 5 steps to mental wellbeing
Government Guidance: Wellbeing and mental health

If you’d like to learn more about how TXM Recruit is supporting many businesses during COVID-19, please do get in touch or check out our COVID-19 Support Hub