It is a challenge to maintain a positive mindset at such a difficult time for everyone, the UNISON Branch based learning workshops have always put members wellbeing at the centre of our programmes, with the current suspension of our workshops I offer these five activities as deceptively simple ways of staying positive; they are free and can be carried out from the comfort of your own home.
The overriding principle is that the natural tendency of negativity in life can be overcome with acknowledging your positive attributes and celebrating them.
- At the end of each day make a note of three things that have gone well and why. (Note – you are not allowed to write down things that have gone badly). Try it once a week if this is too much.
- Make a list of your strengths and plan to use them in a positive way in the forthcoming week. (Note – strengths only, not weaknesses.You have loads of strengths that you take for granted) If you have a gift use it.
- Make a mind map, chart or list of where you would like to be in ten years time. Tune in to your best possible self and plan to do all the things that you want to do. By having a dream and a plan, you can make it happen. Yes you can.
- Write someone a thank you letter,text, email telling them how much you value them and their friendship. This is particularly useful at the moment when faced with social isolation and lack of work/social contact. Again, only positive comments. Phone calls/facetime/zoom calls based on this principle an be equally effective. By showing and sharing your appreciation of others it gives you a great feeling of benevolence.
- Commit three deliberate acts of kindness. More of a challenge at the moment with social isolation but easily achievable in the home or by other things that you can do. By doing good things for others you create a circle of goodness that comes back to you and others. What goes around comes around. Make it kindness.
I hope that you find value in these simple, positive activities. If you wish to find out more about wellbeing in UNISON learning programmes check the Birmingham Branch Website for future workshops
Or contact Donald McCombie Lifelong Learning Co-ordinator on:
07584707253 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org