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
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
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
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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