Keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0 – Minding Minds

By Ben Carey on 23 February, 2021

With the end of Lockdown 3.0 seemingly within grasp, it’s important to remain positive as we head towards the light at the end of the tunnel.

Since the start of 2021 we have enjoyed receiving and reading your thoughts on coping strategies, positive thinking and aspirations for the year, sharing your valuable insights with the business community across the region.

Chris Stewart is the Managing Director of Minding Minds, a mental health first aid training company based in Marlborough. He gives us his thoughts on practicing meditation, changing sleep patterns and accepting the things you cannot control.

How are you keeping positive through Lockdown 3.0?

Someone said to me once: “If you want to make the universe laugh, just tell it your plans”.

How true that has been of the past year!

If there is one thing I have learned, it is to be accepting of what is, what changes, and what I can’t control.

The serenity prayer says: “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”

I have taken to using this quite literally when things seem too busy or out of control. Get the notebook out. Write two columns: ‘Can Change’ and ‘Can’t Change’, and automatically I can dump half of my worries. If I can’t change it then it shouldn’t factor in my concerns.

How are you structuring your day? Have you changed your habits?

The best change I have made is to alter my sleep pattern. I kept seeing posts from uber-celebrities who rose to go to the gym at 3am, and although I never aspired to that, I have changed my routine to ensure I am in bed by 10pm and up by 6am.

I am more productive in the mornings, so I find I get more done in the three hours before 9am than at any other time of day.

Are you doing anything new?

My partner shamed me into getting the Headspace app, so I am a rookie meditator. I note that we talk about ‘practicing’ meditation because it needs practice!

What are you most looking forward to when restrictions are lifted?

I miss people and I can’t wait for the fear of physical touch to be a thing of the past. I am a natural born hugger, so that’s what I miss most of all.

What has the past year taught you and how has it shaped your future for the better?

In some ways, lockdown has been amazing, We have embraced random acts of kindness as a national endeavour. I hope we don’t lose that.

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