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Shifting your focus

During these challenging times many of us are feeling unsettled, sad, worried or anxious. Last week I shared a couple of tips for helping to manage some of these difficult emotions. This week I have two more top tips: Reading and Laughter Reading Use this time at home to educate yourself with non-fiction books. There is so much to be gained - like improved health, creative skills, health (sleep, nutrition), improved home environment and greater interest in our environment. Here are some book ideas to get you thinking: • Be more productive or creative: The Thirty Day Creativity Challenge by Ed Bell may inspire you. • Think (or rethink?) how you live: There is no Planet B by Mike Berners Lee • Get personally inspired: The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy or The Source by Dr Tara Swart • Get healthier: The Four Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee • Be inspired to declutter: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo • Finally, read an autobiography! Choose someone you admire, get inspired and learn how other people think - and live their lives. A couple of suggestions; Becoming by Michelle Obama Tomorrow will be a good day by Capt. Tom Moore Laughter Distracting ourselves from our fears is a valid technique for feeling better! Laughter releases helpful chemicals in our bloodstream - Endorphins (our natural "happy" drug) and Dopamine (part of our bodily "reward" system). • What are your favourite comedy shows? • Is there a comedian you like? • Netflix and similar have so many watching options, so find something that makes you laugh! For me the start of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is a good source of laughter in the coming weeks. Believe you have the skills and power to tackle this situation and you will! Choose to make the best of a difficult situation and no matter what - you'll find a way. This current and strange COVID-19 situation will end. And when it does, you'll be proud you made the effort to read more widely and to find humour even in the most challenging situations. If you are struggling and would like more support then please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I offer a variety of well-being programmes such as “Overcoming Stress and Anxiety” and “Building Strong Foundations for Health”. www.balancedhorizons.co.uk


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