Ways to stay calm during isolation.

It’s a weird time for everyone self isolation and social distancing can make it hard to feel normal and can be even tougher on your mental health so here are some 5 tips to help you stay calm

Clear up your social media

you are probably spending a lot more time scrolling through Instagram Facebook and Tik Tok but Have you ever wondered how this can have an effect on your mental health? Try unfollowing accounts that make you anxious, worried or angry. Replace them with some positive, good vibe accounts. Trust me you will thank me later

Plan your day Lola when your normal routine is disrupted it can cause you distress which impacts your mood and your productivity

take some time each day to write down how you want to spend your day. This will give you a sense of order and normality. Decide on your new routine and make sure you build in time to do things that you enjoy.

Practice mindfulness

there are lots of free apps and even Instagram and Facebook lives on practicing mindfulness at home. Whether it’s breathing techniques meditation or yoga there are practices that can be done with the whole family and it will help restore a sense of calm and peace within the house.

Take a break from the news.

With all the constant updates directly to your phone and coverage on TV from morning to night it can be hard to switch off. You might even feel guilty for doing so, So if you notice that this is having a negative effect on your mental health, try limiting how often you check the news.

Read a book or listen to an audio book

taking a break open your screens is so important. Reading or listening to a book can help you escape. Why not we read one of your favourites or take a peek of some mindful minute blogs.

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Staying connected

Video calls

Phone calls are amazing, and are a great way to stay connected. But seeing someone’s face really can make a huge difference on a phone call. It can lift your mood and make you feel less lonely. There are lots of free video calling services you can use, and if you can connect to wifi this will help if you’re worried about your data allowance. Don’t be shy about going on camera – your loved ones will really appreciate seeing you, even if you’re in your pyjamas! You could really brighten someone’s day

Find a positive online community

If you do want to stay online, there are lots of positive online communities, where you can make new friends, get inspired and chat about things you care about. You could try searching for groups involved in causes, music or TV shows you are passionate about.

But remember to avoid anything that encourages you to do things which are harmful for your physical or mental health. If you’re worried by things you’re experiencing online, talk to someone you trust.

Reach out

You’re probably not the only person feeling worried, bored or frustrated. It’s a good time for a catch up, so don’t be afraid to make the first move and reach out to someone you haven’t heard from in a while. They’ll probably be very grateful to hear from you. Send them a message and let them know you care.

Feel productive

Make a list of all those things you said you would do but never get round to. It could be sorting out your wardrobe, doing some gardening, fixing things around your living space etc. These tasks can make you feel productive and give you a sense of accomplishment. Tidying your living space can also make you feel calmer and more positive. If you want to take the time off to rest and not be productive, that’s also fine too. Listen to your body.

Dealing with stressful situations at home

Walk away before you do or say something you regret.

Walk away from tense situations if you can

Being cooped up with other people will naturally be frustrating and might create tension between you and those you live with. You can defuse difficult situations by walking away from arguments until everyone starts to feel calmer. If you and those you live with do not have any coronavirus symptoms, you could go outside for a walk.

Create a rota

If you’re in a situation where lots of people are fighting over who gets to decide what you watch on TV, who cooks and cleans, or anything else, you might find it helpful to create a rota. This can help you agree a fair system and help avoid arguments.

Reach out for help

If your living situation is difficult, please don’t struggle in silence. Speak to someone you trust. Call a friend or a helpline. If you’re worried about being overheard, you could try texting or emailing instead. There are lots of helplines which also offer text and online messenger support.

Finally some calming tips for kids.

Play a mindful game

It can be hard to think of ways to keep your children occupied, especially without resorting to screen time. One way to occupy their time during the day, and help them feel calmer at the same time, is to play games that involve the senses. This can help them bring their attention back to the present moment and create a feeling of groundedness.

Here are some quick, simple, mindful games you can get your children involved in, without much preparation time and hassle:

Touch: Put a bunch of mystery items in a paper bag and take turns feeling one object at a time and guess what it is as you describe the texture and shape.

 Sight: Look around the room in silence for one minute, and point out all of the things you never noticed before.

 Sound: Set a timer for one minute and count how many different sounds you can hear with your eyes closed, and then share what you heard with each other.

Make Memories with the kids.

Cooking with a twist

When the children are home all day, there will be more cooking to get through and mouths to feed, which offers the perfect opportunity to get children stuck into some mindful cooking and baking – while learning multiple new skills at the same time!

Encourage your children to help you out with the daily cooking, teaching them small skills and keeping them engaged in the process of turning ingredients into meals. Focusing their attention on tasks such as stirring, mixing and weighing, can be an active, fun way to help them concentrate and keep their minds in the present, allowing stressful thoughts to leave the mind.

To further use the senses, encourage your children to describe the colours of the ingredients, the texture of the food during different parts of the process, and notice the different forms the meal has taken, from start to finish.

Baking in particular can be a fun activity for children to be occupied with, whilst also being a grounding and therapeutic experience. The repetitive actions and gentle rhythms when mixing or kneading can help relax the mind. This is a similar process to concentrating on your breath during guided meditation sessions.

It is also very rewarding; when children have finished baking and can see and eat the end result, it can provide them with a feeling of satisfaction. They can also share the food they made with the rest of the family, with the act of sharing being great for mental wellbeing, as well as bringing the family closer together through the exercise.

One of the best parts of this mindful activity is the delicious aroma of the baked goods filling the house, creating a lovely cosy atmosphere, perfect for the family to unwind in.

I hope you all stay safe and healthy.

Until next week. Make memories and smile.

Jon X

Hypnotherapy in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge.

Jon Adkin Author of ‘Can I Change?’ Available from Amazon.

Find me on You TubeFacebook and Instagram.

Make isolation fun.

Hi

Happy Easter. Yep it’s Easter, didn’t that creep up fast. It’s going to be a strange one that’s for sure.

How are you keeping through this lockdown period? I am finding it is bringing out the best and the worse in people. So many are showing a caring side, and I’m not just talking about the amazing NHS staff and other key workers who are continuing to put themselves in the line of fire so that we can sort of lead a normal life. No, I’m talking about neighbours doing shopping for people who can’t get out or are unable to collect their medication from the chemists. Groups of people who have started online groups to help and assist others. There is a lot of good in people. Then we get the others who are only thinking about themselves. Hoarding, bulk buying, flouting the rules and putting us all in danger. Kindness and consideration costs nothing but selfishness and arrogance in this case can cost lives. Please think what you are doing and the consequences it may have not just on you but others as well.

Me, what have I been doing to help? Well I’ve been offering help and advice to people who are letting their anxiety rule their lives and in fact consume it. I’ve offered a few freebies and I’m letting people know I’m here if needed, but mainly I’ve been handling it with humour. At this time, you don’t want to keep reminding people what to do during the virus. They need to take their mind off of it. Here are a few more fun things that you can do during this isolation period. (See last weeks blog for other tips.)

Just because coronavirus has us house bound right now doesn’t mean we have to cancel our weekend plans. There are so many things to do when you’re self-isolating besides staring at an empty wall dreaming of simpler times.

Make A Quarantine Playlist

If ever there was a time to blast ‘Toxic’ by Britney Spears it is now, Make your own or choose from one of the countless that are already on Spotify. The most popular is one called “COVID-19 Quarantine Party” and look, it’s a banger.

With tunes like ‘Fever’ by Carly Rae Jepsen, ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ by Solange, ‘Hand In My Pocket’ by Alanis Morissette and even some Harry Styles, it’s a playlist that’s practically made for your Friday night in and wine in hand.

Don’t neglect yourself.

Do A Home Workout

Maybe your gym is restricting classes, or maybe you just don’t want to risk it, or maybe you’re just looking for an excuse to skip that 6am class. I get it. Luckily, there are tonnes of free workouts online that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

Take A Virtual Gallery Tour

It’s hard to believe, but there comes a point when even the YouTube rabbit holes dry up. When that moment hits, why not try a virtual tour? Some of the best galleries in the world have incredibly detailed online tours. No one can actually visit The Louvre in Paris right now, but you can explore its world-famous halls on your laptop. The same goes for the Great Wall of China, The British Museum and The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Go on, get some culture.

Become The Star Chef Of Your Dreams

There are few things in life more satisfying than a deep dive on Bon Appétit’s YouTube channel. From mac-and-cheese carbonara to spicy-sweet sambal pork noodles to an omelette soufflé, the inspiration is abundant. Now all your favourite food celebs are live-streaming cooking tutorials from their kitchens – including Michelin starred chef Massimo Bottura. Well, maybe our coronavirus self-isolation is the time to actually start cooking. There’s no better way to make peace with your housemates than freshly baked cheesecake.

Throwback

Learn a new musical instrument

Always dreamed of shredding like John Williams (that’s the guitarist, not the film composer) but never quite had the time? Learn the classical guitar, or another musical instrument of your choice, through self-teaching, listening and repeating, and online tutorials.

Join a virtual choir

Choirs, like the Stay At Home Choir and Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus, are forming all over the world, with music-lovers everywhere practising and performing together via online video chat.

How about the kids?

Go on a minibeast hunt

Spring is well and truly kicking in now, and the warmer weather will bring lots of creepy crawlies out. So get your kids out in the fresh air and take a closer look at your garden. You’ll soon notice it’s teeming with wildlife! Can you find…

  • a worm after a spring shower
  • a bumblebee looking for nectar
  • a spotty ladybird exploring the grass
  • a slimy snail in a dark damp spot
  • a butterfly basking in the sunshine?

Make a loo roll bird feeder

This is messy fun kids will love to get stuck into. And it will help them learn about the birds in your neighbourhood.

You can make this simple feeder with items you probably already have at home:

Smother a cardboard tube in peanut butter (no added salt and sugar versions are suitable for birds).

Roll it in bird seed and thread some string through the hole.

Tie it up in your garden where birds will feel safe eating.

How many garden birds will you spot? Take a look at our blog to help you and your children identify them.

Go on a scavenger hunt

This is a fun idea for kids of all ages. You can keep it really simple for little ones – help them look out for different colours or textures in nature. For older children, challenge them to hunt for seasonal signs such as spring blossom or new leaves. Or ask them to see how many tiny natural objects they can find to fit inside a matchbox.

Make natural art

Art and crafts will be a popular way to keep kids busy. To mix things up, put the pencils and crayons to one side and look for natural art materials instead. Collect fallen leaves, petals and sticks and use them to make a picture or sculpture.

You could even use the objects as ‘stampers’ or paintbrushes – dipping them in paint and rolling, brushing or stamping them on paper to create interesting patterns and effects.

Have a picnic in the garden

Kids will soon tire of sitting around the same table for every meal, so pack up your lunch and take it outdoors. It’s a lovely way to keep mealtimes varied, and for everyone to get some fresh air.

If you don’t have a garden or it’s raining outside, have an indoor picnic on the living room floor instead. Kids will love the change from the norm and it will feel like an adventure.

Butterfly symmetry art

This craft has the wow factor! All you need is paint and some paper. Simply splodge paint on one half of your paper and fold it in half so the paint spreads on both sides. Carefully open it up to reveal a beautiful butterfly.

It’s a great way to teach youngsters about butterflies and how their wings are symmetrical.

Once dry, your butterfly will make a cheerful decoration for your home. Or you could even turn it into a card to send to a grandparent you won’t see for a while.

I hope some of these have helped. Let’s come out of this better people.

Until next week.

Take care. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Jon X

Hypnotherapy in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge.

Jon Adkin Author of ‘Can I Change?’ Available from Amazon.

Find me on You TubeFacebook and Instagram.

Isolation and our Mental Health.

As coronavirus continues to spread in the UK the government has implemented a lockdown on the country meaning all non-essential travel to be avoided.

The new measures have also seen pubs, restaurants and theatres close, while people have been asked to work from home where possible. A long period of isolation may well be a necessary measure for public health but it has been acknowledged that it could also have a detrimental impact on people’s mental health.


So what should you do if your mental health is suffering during self-isolation; are there ways to ensure you safeguard your emotional and mental wellbeing during a potentially extended period of being alone?

One of the main problems with self-isolation is that we start to miss “micro-lifts” that we normally have peppered throughout our day without even necessarily realising. “You’re on your way to work, you might pop into your favourite coffee shop or say hi to someone in the street, there are small little things throughout our day that help to lift us often without us even realising. When you’re alone at home that doesn’t happen – and the cumulative effect of that is massive, especially around the two-week mark. So instead we need to create micro-lifts, it has to be something that generates a sense of achievement. That might be a new exercise, learning a little bit of a language, talking to someone on FaceTime or joining a book group online.

Healthy Body, Health Mind

Do keep a healthy diet

When you’re at home it can be tempting to just sit on the sofa without moving, eating unbalanced meals and snacking all day as a way to entertain yourself.
Do your best to eat well. If you haven’t got people who can bring food to you then see if you can sign up to home deliveries from your local supermarket. Have a look to see if there are any community support groups in your local area that can provide support with shopping.
you should try to get exposure to the outside world and exercise as much as possible within the limits. Our physical health and mental health are linked so try to create a routine that includes some physical exercise,
Although you can’t spend time with others, do make the most of any private outdoor space you have – such as a garden or balcony – if you have one, as being in nature can also help our wellbeing.
Also says try looking out of the window to watch the birds or tend to houseplants to keep your mind stimulated and engaged with nature. If you can, also open the window and let fresh air into your room.
I bought some bird feeders ages ago and now I’ve realised that a tiny Robin visits my garden everyday almost at the same time.

Do maintain a sense of routine

Find yourself spending all day in your pyjamas or remembering at 3pm that you haven’t brushed your teeth because you knew you wouldn’t be seeing anyone? Although in the short term it can feel nice to be lazy, in the long term this isn’t going to be good for your mental wellbeing.
As far as possible, try to maintain as much of a routine as you can. Wake up and go to bed at healthy times to ensure you get enough sleep.
Although you want to maintain a routine, don’t just fall into a cycle of sleeping, working, eating, and repeating: “Find some time to still have value to your day, life cannot be just eating and sleeping. Do something fun for yourself (that isn’t just Netflix).
I’ve got my paint brushes out and not only finished three paintings that I started months and months ago. It started the artistic juices flowing so I now have 3 new pieces on the go. Watch this space https://jonadkin.com/my-art/ for the unveilings.

One of my Acrylics.

I’m still talking to clients and I’m hearing a lot of people who are self isolating are losing their optimism for the future, they are using time for self reflecting and picking apart everything that is wrong with their life: their job, their relationship, their friendships. When we’re overwhelmed by a mundane life, it can quickly draw out the joy, so make fun for yourself.
Don’t just sit in front of a screen – vary your activities.
Sitting in front of a screen all day – whether for work or pleasure – is not the best way to spend long periods of time. Especially because the blue light from devices, like smartphones, can be disruptive to your sleep and overall wellbeing.

Do stay connected to people

Just because you’re self-isolating, doesn’t mean you have to cut yourself off altogether, If you feel that you’re beginning to struggle, take some time to call a friend or family member. Talk about how you’re feeling. If you don’t have anyone you can speak to you can call emotional support lines like the Samaritans.
I also recommend maintaining your social network during self-isolation: “Even when isolated, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines or create new routines. If health authorities have recommended limiting your physical social contact to contain the outbreak, you can stay connected via email, social media, video conference and telephone.


Limit your news intake

If you are finding the constant 24/7 coverage of coronavirus is impacting your mental health, particularly on social media, then you can opt out. A near-constant stream of news reports about an outbreak can cause anyone to feel anxious or distressed.
Seek information updates and practical guidance at specific times during the day from health professionals and the WHO website and avoid listening to or following rumours that make you feel uncomfortable.

Don’t believe all that you read.

Don’t get drawn into a negative spiral

One of the most dangerous things for your mental health is having too much time to think about your life critically. When self-isolating you’ve got a lot of time to think and it’s very common to experience massive life dissatisfaction as a result. You can start off the process feeling calm and not germophobic but gradually you start to morph into this. You get into a constant flow of critiquing your life and yourself, and you really need to avoid those negative cognitive spirals.”
You will survive this, we will all survive this and come out better people. Just don’t suffer alone. There are people you can turn to for help. Don’t be scared. Be strong.
Until Next week.
Be safe. Be Healthy

Jon X

Hypnotherapy in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge.

Jon Adkin Author of ‘Can I Change?’ Available from Amazon.

Find me on You TubeFacebook and Instagram.

Let’s come out of this better people.

Hi

Week 2 in isolation.  Hope you are all well and staying safe and healthy. So, what have I learnt this week. Well the hoarding madness seems to have calmed down. So now we start to behave like sensible human beings. Obviously following the guidelines, I haven’t been out other than to collect my tablets from Boots. It was eery going out about 1pm and the roads were quiet, the town was dead, there was just no sounds at all. However, the moods in the shops were brilliant. The staff were smiling, so accommodating and making the best of a very bad situation.

This is how it should be. We are all in this together and we will come out the other side, but whilst we are on this journey, let’s be kind to each other. Don’t post something on social media in anger. If you do it’s there for good. It causes hurt, it causes unnecessary upset and there is no need for it.

Another thing I have learnt Is that just how little we can do without. No more online shopping buying things I don’t really need. No more expensive coffees on the high street, no more just jumping in the car driving somewhere I didn’t really need to be. The list goes on, but that’s just me.  What have you gained from being isolated? And is there anything that you will do once this is all over?

Last night was an emotional night here in the UK. We were asked to stand at our doors or windows and clap for the staff of the NHS who are still working and doing a fantastic job. No one knew how this was going to be received. Well what a turn out. The news and social media were full of applause and cheers. Every house in my road was out clapping, you could hear the applause from the town echoing across the night sky. It was brilliant, it was emotional and most importantly it was supportive.

As a self employed hypnotherapist, I also wanted to do my bit for the NHS staff and carers so I am offering free online sessions to help ease the anxiety and panic. Even though my business will suffer big time, I still wanted to do my bit.

We are all in the same boat, I can’t worry about it as I have no control over it. So we have to make the best of a bad situation.  So what can we do to improve our lives whilst in isolation.

productive things to do at home (other than binge-watch sitcoms)

Join a YouTube tutorial

Whether you want to learn to sing, improve your photography skills or make a table from scrap timber, there’s a YouTube tutorial for that.

Dance because no one is watching

Learn your favourite movie dance moves

Privacy is gold for those of us suffering dance dyslexia, so now is the perfect time to shake your bootie and learn those steps that have been eluding you. Try learning  John Travolta circa 1977 with a few fundamental disco moves or, if Strictly Ballroom is more your speed, what better time to master the foxtrot, waltz, rumba or cha-cha. You can dance like no one is watching – because no one is.

Go green

Start a vegie patch or herb garden. Whether you have a big back garden or just a window box, you can go green. As well as being enjoyable, the government’s says gardening has many health benefits. It recommends growing edible plants, but that doesn’t mean just vegetables and fruits – flowers like carnations, honeysuckles and nasturtiums can add colour to your dinner plate too. Mix it up with home-grown herbs like rosemary, basil, chives, sage, mint, oregano, parsley and thyme. 

Fix up the garden

Being confined to the house doesn’t mean you have to stay inside. Health experts say you don’t need vitamin D supplements if you get enough sunlight – the natural source of this vitamin – by getting out in the garden. This is the ideal time to paint the fence, trim your hedges or do that paving you’ve been putting off for years.

Go on a virtual tour  

Visit the Edinburgh Zoo, or many of the museums and art galleries around the world.

While galleries and museums are closed to the public, you can still get your art and history fix online.

Listen to podcasts

Let your ears do the walking and delve into the world of podcasts. There’s everything from great brain teasers to humour, and so much more. Or create your own, But since you’re at home, why not create your own podcast using a USB microphone and free recording software such as GarageBand. 

Catch up on some reading

Didn’t get time to stock up on new books to read during the lock-in? The internet has you covered. From free e-books to free book delivery, there’s no excuse for not getting stuck into some serious page-turners. Search through hundreds of free titles on the web.

Learn a language  

Download a language app

Whether you want to order pasta in Italian or whisper sweet nothings to your lover in French, there are numerous online language courses, and many are free. 

Keep in touch

Call, text or tag a friend

You may be physically isolated, but there’s no need to lose touch with friends and family. You can even see as well as talk to them using Skype and Facetime or you can use messaging services like WhatsApp and social media to keep in touch. Take a video of your new home office and share it on social media. Socially isolate, together, you may like to connect with your neighbours with an adaptation of the Italian balcony singing phenomenon (check it out on YouTube). If you don’t have a balcony, you could use your front garden and call the neighbour across the road to come out and ‘join’ you from their own garden in a singalong or exercise class. 

Download a fitness app

Even if you don’t own a home gym or substantial equipment, there are many ways to improve your fitness at home. Simple strength exercises like squats, push-ups and lunges don’t need any equipment. If you don’t have weights, improvise and use two tins of canned food as weights. If you need guidance there are online resources and fitness apps, many are free.

Get moving

Don’t forget that just moving is exercising, so embrace vacuuming and gardening, and any other physical activity you can do in your home or in the garden. 

Remember we are all in this together, and we will come out the other side, but let’s come out the other side better people, better parents, better neighbours, better friends BETTER HUMAN BEINGS.

One thing before I go. Remember if you have kids around you, it’s about now that the novelty of being home starts to wear off So now is the time to reassure them. They are like sponges and will very soon pick up on your anxiety, panic and fear. Don’t let this happen.

Let the kids remember this time with fondness, Daddy playing Hide ‘N’ Seek, We made a family Den in the front room and ate our lunch in there, we camped out in the dining room and stayed there all night, we did a family puzzle, we had a water fight in the garden. So many things you can do which can make a world of difference for the kids.

Until next week, stay safe, stay healthy

Jon X

Hypnotherapy in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge.

Jon Adkin Author of ‘Can I Change?’ Available from Amazon.

Find me on You TubeFacebook and Instagram.

How you going to use your time?

Hi

Welcome to this week’s blog. Well what a strange time we are living in at the moment. Covid-19 is effecting everyone in some way, and this week I have witnessed the best and worse in people. It seems we are once again a divided nation. There are those who are only thinking of themselves and stock piling products and essential commodities. In doing this they have taken those essentials away from the more vulnerable who cannot afford to buy in bulk. This sadly is very selfish, Then you have the small independent shops who we are asked to support and we find that they are vastly inflating prices to cash in on the situation. At this time we should be sticking together and helping our family, friends and our neighbours, and this is the flip side of the coin, the good ones. The caring ones.

I have noticed this week that a lot of Covid-19 support groups popping up in different areas. People offering to do shopping for others, people asking if anyone needs anything as they are going a bit further afield than the local shops. Paperboys and girls offering to drop of groceries for their older customers. That is the attitude we want to survive this uncertain time.  Pull together, help each other and look for the good in the situation.

No one could have predicted this, and no one expected it to escalate like this. Covid-19 is still not as dangerous as the flu. (Flu deaths around 56,000 per year) but it’s here and we have to deal with the situation.

Catch up on your reading.

So how will you deal with it? At this time of writing Schools were shutting today (20/03/2020) until further notice. The latest rumour says London possibly the country will be going on full lock down, and at the moment there is not end in sight.  So you can choose to be positive or negative about the situation. You can make a difference or you can remain selfish, and angry at the world and live in a constant dark mist for the next month or so.

Me I’m choosing to stay positive. Now those that know me will think how, why? I am self employed, so no clients, no income. I am a high risk for catching the virus, (dicky heart and I’ve had pneumonia) and other medical conditions that make me an easy target.

So why stay positive? Well that is easy. I cannot control what is going on so I cannot worry about it. I can take all the necessary precautions, and follow the guidelines but beyond that there is nothing more that I can do. So I have to make the best of a bad lot.

If you can’t control it don’t worry about it. If you suddenly find yourself at home with your family. Make the most of it. Do silly things with the kids remember they are as scared as you and they need their mind taking off of the current situations. Don’t just sit in front of the TV and moan. Do something different, so that when this has all passed the kids will look back with a smile.

  • Make dens, get some sheets and old quilts out, make a den over the dining room chairs, take a torch in there with you and join your kids for lunch. Use your imagination because outside that den can be a magical mystical world.
  • Dig out an old puzzle, and complete it as a family. Assign bits to find to different members of the family, (Youngest find the corner pieces, Middle kids find a dominant colour etc)
  • Play hide and seek. Kids love it when Mum and Dad play games with them and the sillier the better.
  • Find those old board games, those ones that you haven’t played in years.
  • Take the kids out in the garden, do some research on what flowers you have growing there, dissect a flower to show the kids all the different parts.
  • Go on a bug hunt. Challenge your children to find say 5 bugs and name them and then write down 5 facts about that bug (number of legs, habitat, texture etc).
  • Get some coloured pens and paper and draw. Be creative,
  • Cut up some old magazines and as a family make a collage but give each one a theme.
  • At the end of the day, sit down as a family and watch an old classic film possibly even an old black and white film and show the kids that you don’t need all the swearing and violence like they get nowadays.

Use this time to bond as a family. Without the need for social media, phones, tablets etc.

Play games. Have fun

If you are on your own, or just you and your partner. Don’t take it out on each other, work together.

  • Do those jobs that you have been putting off all this time,
  • Clear out the garage but do it together and enjoy some of the memories of the objects that you come across.
  • Clear out your wardrobes and drawers.
  • It’s Spring so actually do a Spring clean.
  • Sit down together and dig out the old photo albums, laugh at the fashions and the hairstyles that you once had. This is a good one to do with the kids as well.
  • Sit together and see if your joint favourite film or perhaps the first film you went to the cinema together to see is on Sky, or Netflix  (You may want to watch it this time as you may have been busy the first time).
  • Play cards or dominoes. Real games, not on your phone or tablet.
  • Cook together. Work together and make your favourite meal.

These are just some suggestion to make the time more pleasurable. There are so many more.

Even on bad days you can find something positive, Remember we are all in the same boat.

Let’s pull together, let’s work together. Be there for each other. Read, write and focus on the future.

You know what is important in this world and that is family and friends. Let’s rebuild these relationships and come out the other side better people.

I wish you every happiness, Stay safe and stay healthy. Look after each other.

Until next time

Much Love

Jon X

Hypnotherapy in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridge.

Jon Adkin Author of ‘Can I Change?’ Available from Amazon.

Find me on You TubeFacebook and Instagram.