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The year is 2020…and let’s just say that things haven’t gone quite as planned.

Humans rarely experience things for the first time, let alone at the same time, and we are still very much living with the ramifications of a COVID-19 world. In times like these the importance of self-care, community and connection cannot be overstated.

If you find yourself feeling stuck or overwhelmed, there are a series of small actions you can take that will help you to manifest positivity and productivity throughout your day.

1. Be kind to yourself

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the uncertainty and the doomsday news cycles. It is natural to feel overwhelmed by what is happening in the world. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Everyone feels this way at some point or another.

Your main priority is to treat yourself as if you are someone you are responsible for taking care of. 

Be gentle with yourself and have conviction that you’re doing the best you can.

2. Get dressed

Do not spend your day in your pajamas. Yes, even if you are now working from home! Instead, put an outfit that makes you feel comfortable and confident. 

Think about it: you could spend your day at home not showered, hair a mess, having never gotten out of your pajamas. Or, you can get your butt in the shower, wear something you love and smash the day.

It may be superficial, but “look good – feel good” really does make a difference here.

3. Dance it out

Music can make you laugh, cry, fall in love, smile, and feel like you can conquer the world. 

Anyone who knows me knows that music is a big love of my life. Whenever I’m feeling off, one of the things that most frequently pulls me out of it is music.

So if you’re feeling down, blast your favorite song and dance it out.

4. Complete something

Whenever you’re in a rut, starting and finishing a small task can help you get back on track. 

It could be something as easy as emptying the dishwasher, folding and putting away laundry, or checking something else off your to-do list. 

Whatever it is, pick something that can be done in 5-10 minutes. Then ignore everything else and focus your sole attention on completing it. 

After you’re done, pat yourself on the back and pick another small task to complete. 

Keep going until you feel your motivation pick up.

5. Do what brings you joy

This one is so simple.

Go for a walk.

Bake something.

Go to a yoga class.

Read a chapter in a book.

Call a friend or a family member.

Whatever brings you joy, do it. You will feel better instantly.

If you don´t take charge of your thinking someone else will do it for you. Thinking about the positive instead of the negative requires a daily commitment. It is a choice we all make each day.

And remember…

You are not expected to be highly motivated and driven on an empty tank. Give yourself positive fuel each and every day and you will feel better, even on the off days.| 

Victoria Brahm is a holistic life coach based in London, U.K. In her practice, she provides a supportive environment where people get more out of themselves, elevate their mindset, and cultivate a life they’re proud of living.