Feeling despondent about being trapped indoors? You are not alone.
These past several weeks -- which have felt like months -- have been extraordinarily challenging for all of us. We have been challenged mentally, physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, relationally and financially (probably other ways too).
The fact of the matter is that we have all been under an unusually, unprecedented amount of strain. So today, we want to offer a truly helpful tip that can alleviate the mental strain you may be feeling: We encourage you to come up with a post-lockdown list.
What’s a post-lockdown list, you ask? Well, it’s a list (as long or short as you like) of all…
The places you look forward to visiting
The things you can’t wait to do
The people you’re excited to see and spend time with
…after the lockdown ends.
According to studies, more than 1 in 5 folks are already creating these lists to keep them content and occupied, and there’s a scientific reason why it works.
Studies show that feeling like you’ve lost control can significantly dampen our mood, and the art of coping can be found in activities that can help you regain some of that.
Of course, we don’t know for certain when our current circumstances will change, but we have to keep looking forward toward the future. And it’s critical to make plans for better, brighter times ahead.
You see, research shows that thinking about happier times in the future can help your body secrete endorphins, which in turn can lead to a more positive mood and mindset.
Simply put, the benefits of planning for happier times in the future are scientifically proven, and what’s more, embracing an optimistic, positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.
So, what’s on your post-lockdown list? What places do you want to go to? What things do you want to do? Who do you look forward to spending your time with?
To brighter days!