Well, here I am in self-isolation after a quick jaunt over to Portugal to secure my residency post-Brexit. Although I would definitely say the trip was worth it, this quarantine is tough. Unlike quarantines past, this one dictates I remain indoors and that I stay isolated as a direct result of my trip abroad. Full disclosure, I have major FOMO.
As I am housebound, it is easy for boredom to morph into feelings of malaise and depression. One way I find that’s helpful to combat these sneaky, icky feelings is to practice gratitude. I start each day by saying, “I am thankful for this day” before I get out of bed. I know it sounds cheesy, but it really helps to get me in the right mindset to stay at home alone all day. Then, before going to bed I journal using the following questions:
- What touched me today?
- What made me smile today?
- Who or what inspired me today?
- What’s the best thing that happened today?
Of course, when I’m not doing a lot or seeing anyone all day these questions can be challenging to answer, but part of the fun is searching for the positive in the mundane. I encourage you to give this gratitude journaling a try whether you’re in lockdown yourself or not.