Holly’s Top Tips for Isolation: Number 3

Holly's Top Tips for Isolation: Number 3

Holly, who's spent over two years in isolation due to treatment for her Neurofibromatosis, give us some help on how to cope with lockdown. Here is her Top Tips for Isolation: Number 3.

Number 3: Finish the day on a positive

We have now gotten to the top 3 of Holly’s isolation tips. Taking bronze place is her advice to finish each day on a positive. Holly makes sure she ends her days thinking of something she is thankful or grateful for so that even if she’s had a tough day, it ends on a good note.

Holly and mum Vicky acknowledge that it can be difficult at times to do this. For example, when Holly was stuck in the hospital, one of the things she was thankful for was the hot chocolate she would get to improve her day a little. But it’s a tradition of them now.

And it’s a good habit to get into. Gratitude isn’t a natural response to a lot of everyday situations, and so we have to consciously remember to be thankful. The reward for focusing on the positives is a decrease in negative emotion. In the long run, it improves our overall satisfaction with life. Thinking in this way is a great way to relieve anxiety, and it enables us to cope better with stressful situations.

So while the “power of positive thinking” may sound like a cliche, there’s scientific proof in this positive pudding. Acknowledging the good things in life can be difficult to do, but if we all channel Holly, it could improve our outlook.

Stay tuned for the rest of Holly's Top Tips for Isolation!

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