Quiet Time – The Social Isolation Diaries

Quiet time

Saturday 28th of March 2020

It is the 2nd week of lockdown during the Coronavirus crisis in the UK. I’m enjoying some much-needed quiet time.

When they started talking at work about us taking our laptops home every night, I didn’t take it too seriously. Although after a few days I did start to stow my laptop away in my pink rucksack and take it home with me every evening. The thought of lockdown secretly excited me. I also found the idea of working from home appealing. I thought it would give me lots of extra time to relax and work on Happiness Club.

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Focus on the Good – Happiness Tips for Surviving Social Isolation

Focus on the good during social isolation

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

In this series of blog posts, I will share my Happiness tips for surviving social isolation.

So far, I have managed to remain in high spirits on the whole. I have to admit I am a bit scared of catching Coronavirus. My biggest fear though is social isolation. You may be surprised to know that I am an introvert at heart. I love spending time quiet time alone at home with the cats or with my boyfriend, Andy, affectionately known as Mr Sexy Pants (MSP). The thought of being stuck at home for an indefinite period causes me to feel quite uncomfortable though. I’m also worried that MSP or I might die – not because of the Coronavirus – but because we’ve killed each other. If we do live to tell the tale, will we still love each other? Will our relationship last the distance?

In these posts, I will be sharing the steps that I will be taking for me – and my relationship – to survive.

In this first blog post we take a closer look at what we focus on.

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Lessons I’ve learned from being ill

AKA my recent Happiness wake-up calls

Lessons I’ve learned from being ill
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I’ve had a cold for over two weeks, and I’d like to share the lessons I’ve learned from being ill. To give you some background, my healthy eating plan has slipped over the past few months. I repeated my pattern of starting the year strong, then slowly eating more and more chocolate and cakes and ended up ill with Candida. I had to go on a complete detox of all sugars including alcohol, fruit and sugar substitutes. I was feeling pretty rough due to Candida and subsequent die off symptoms. I started to feel better and then I came down with a flipping cold! On top of all that I’ve had a stressful few weeks at work. Continue reading “Lessons I’ve learned from being ill”

Just Do It

Part two in our dealing with procrastination series
Just do it
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Sometimes the best way to deal with procrastination is to ‘just do it’. My default behaviour is to avoid, delay and make excuses. Although I’ve often found the advice to ‘just do it’ a little harsh, I find that when I do that it usually benefits me.

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Bang a Nasty Job Off

Bang a nasty job off
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Part one in our dealing with procrastination series

I would hazard a guess that most, if not all of us, procrastinate on a regular basis. One way to overcome procrastination is to “bang a nasty job off” (BANJO), in the words of my friend Emjet Hassan. Brian Tracy calls it “Eating a frog for breakfast.” The idea is that we do our most difficult task or tasks first thing in the morning.

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