"Choose to be optimistic, it feels better" - Dalai Lama
Check the View
Take a look at the picture to the left - what number do you see? is it a 9 or is it a 6, or is it both.... just consider that there can be many ways to look at a problem situation! By looking from a different angle, it may help us to understand (and respond differently) to others; to notice the resources and choices we do have available ; to find creative alternatives; and to do so in ways that support us and allow us to thrive.
The Power of Three - Gratitude Practice
Building a sense of gratitude is proven to boost positive emotions, reduce depression and generate a sense of wellbeing. So try this lovely 'gratitude' practice by keeping a daily gratitude journal (either in a book or on your phone), briefly noting "3 good things" from your day which went well or for which you are grateful. You may also want to add why. If you practice this daily, its proven to help boost positive emotions and a sense of wellbeing.
Unsure what to write? it may be a big or a small thing - a hug from a loved one, a flower in a field, something tasty to eat, your health, a cuddle with your pet cat or dog, listening to your favourite song.... each day, turn your attention to things that could form part of your journal...
Flip the thinking - from obligation to opportunity, complaint to gratitude
When your thoughts are negative, change it up with a more playful approach - so for example, switching from a sense of obligation (I have to do....) to one of opportunity (I get to doxxx); moving from complaint (I'm really angry) to one of gratitude (fortunately I'm....) - see how different that feels, notice the change.
Inspiring stories - The Fitness Instructor in Spain
A personal fitness instructor in Spain was unable to work in the usual way during lockdown - instead of giving up, the trainer went to his rooftop terrace and lead people in a workout class while they were on their balconies.
Giving Back - 99 year old man raises millions for NHS with sponsored walk
World War veteran Tom Moore, a 99 year old man, committed to walking 2.5miles by doing laps of his care home garden hoping to raise money for the NHS. Trying to complete the challenge before his 100th birthday in April, he set a fundraising target of £1000 - at the time of posting this, he had raised more than £9.3 million as his inspiring story of determination and gratitude for the care he has received over the years has captured everyone's imagination.