Ten ideas to survive social distancing, lockdown & isolation

Here we are in lockdown,social distanced,and/or self isolated… what are we going to do with ourselves so we don’t go crazy with anxiety or with boredom, here are…

Ten ideas to survive social distancing/ self isolation/an overabundance of me time!

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Sleep… no you don’t have to put yourself into a deep sleep like Snow White, but getting enough sleep is important, you need to be at your best energy to keep an even mood.
It’s easy to fluctuate up and down between happy, I don’t care, and sad when you’re totally fatigued from lack of sleep and have no energy. But getting a good night’s sleep or even taking a short nap during the day can raise your energy level and an enable you to deal more positively with the current health situation and it’s effect on your daily lifestyle.

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If you’re feeling tense and wound up just breathe. Breathe in for 4 hold and then breathe out for 4. Try this a number of times until you feel a bit better.
Another method of breathing is called alternate nostril breathing.
To do this:
Lift your right hand up toward your nose.

Exhale completely and then use your right thumb to close your right nostril.

Inhale through your left nostril and then close the left nostril with your fingers.

Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.

Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.

Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.

This is one cycle.

Continue for up to 5 minutes. But a shorter period of time is good too. Take care not to become lightheaded.

Always complete the practice by finishing with an exhale on the left side.

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Yoga
There are many beginner yoga apps which we can put on our phone and devices or we can look at YouTube lessons. Yoga is very good because it slows us way down, which will help to release any anxieties.
Because you can’t have an anxious mind that’s running a muck while at the same time doing a slow considered yoga session. And there are very many beginner poses which most people can do do so don’t worry if you’re not the bendy type.

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Lose yourself in the peaceful world of colouring

Now there are so many apps that we can use on our phones or tablets for for colouring. We can make it a meditative experience by colouring mandalas and spiritual things or we can do it just for fun colouring nature scenes animals anime.

When you start colouring you get so much into the experience that you can think of nothing else but what colour next to put in your design.

If you’re not good at using colours there are some apps in which the colours are numbered so you just popped them in.

But the important point is this is an activity that takes your entire attention and it can be very relaxing and fun and you end up with a little mini masterpiece.

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Learn new stuff

Now is a good time to learn a new skill for fun, or for future employment, or if you want to own your own business at some time in the future. Start preparing for it now.

You can find many “how to” videos on YouTube and study that way, or there are many online courses with which you can study such as Udemy or the Centre for Excellence, or there’s probably some more that I don’t even know about. Or, you can teach yourself a language with Duolingo which is free, or there’s some more free apps for learning languages . And plus it keeps you from getting bored because you’re stimulating your mind.

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Now’s a good time getting around to reading all those books that you’ve been meaning to read. Or maybe you’re like me and you’ve got quite a collection of books on your Kindle that you haven’t even started or that you have started but haven’t finished. This is your time for virtually uninterrupted reading sessions. And it’s a good time to read some inspirational books as well to keep your mind and in a positive vein.

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Exercise. Get those endorphins released and flowing. Endorphin release generally happens when you activate your natural reward system with activities like exercising.

When released, endorphins can help relieve pain, reduce stress and may cause a euphoric feeling.
So do something to keep moving and help keep everything working properly.

It’s easy during this time to just do a lot of sitting around and our gyms might be closed but there are plenty of apps and YouTube videos that we can join in with and get the sweat on.

Taking walks around your neighborhood is good as well, you get a bit of sun and most importantly, some fresh air. Those can lift our mood as well.

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Connect. Reach out to friends and to your colleagues. Find groups with common interests and communicate.
You can communicate via Facebook other social media, via zoom,via FaceTime, via email, or Skype or apps such as House Party or Whats App.

You don’t have to be alone.

Sometimes when we are alone, that’s when the fear thoughts or the negative thoughts or the uncomfortable thoughts can just run wild. But if you can get them out and talk to somebody about them you can possibly feel a lot better.

And interacting with others just makes us feel part of the community.

We might be socially isolated but we can still reach out and communicate electronically.

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Practice gratitude
No matter how bad things may seem, there is always always something to be grateful for.
For one thing you’re alive, … you’ve got a roof over your head, …you’ve got food in your house -some people have more food in their house than others – but you’ve got some food in your house. There’s always something good. If you’re feeling down try to think of things that you’re grateful. Write them down or record yourself saying them.

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Eat well and take care of yourself.
Try to eat nourishing meals and not snacks and sweets all during this trying time.
Try to come with some interesting recipes using whatever food you’ve got on hand. And take your vitamins as well, to hopefully keep your immune system and energy levels in balance. Just in whatever way works for you, take care of your health as best you can. A strong body can help us keep a strong mind.

So give these ideas a try. If you’ve come up with other ideas that you’d like to share free to leave a note in the comments!

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Angel Card for today!

In these most unusual times, we must stay strong & take care of our health. Coincidentally, that’s what what today’s Angel Oracle Card tells us! ๐Ÿ˜‡๐ŸŒป

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Happy Thoughts-Turbo charge up your goals with these 3 steps

Ronald Dahl was a British novelist who wrote stories screenplays and he was also fighter pilot. You might be familiar with some of his books turned into movies such as Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the scary James and the Giant Peach, and Witches. He passed away in November 1990.

But this blog post is about exploring something very interesting that he said.
He said

“if you are interested in something no matter what it is.. go at it full speed. Embrace it with both Arms, hug it love it and above all be passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.”

Let’s explore that. Do you think he was just saying to us that if we had no idea, no plan, just do it it ‘… -just go off and do it. …

I think maybe that’s not exactly what he meant.
I think that he did mean in order to carry through with an idea through all the disappointments, and ups and downs that we could encounter along the way,
we’ve got to be totally committed.
We’ve got to be so committed that we bounce back from any hardship. We bounce back from any feeling of ‘I don’t want to do this today’.
Our desire, our ‘why’ is great enough to get us off that sofa and to our desk or work place to work on making our dream a reality.
It’s very interesting that when we are lukewarm or lackadaisical about a goal, it so easy to give up.
And it’s also a bit hard to get some support when we’re very lukewarm about our goal because enthusiasm and passion are what incite others to follow us or just help us out. Our enthusiasm helps others to see our dream and sometimes it convinces them to join in the endeavour.
To help us however they can … be that referring us to a book that will help us ..introducing us to someone who might be able to help us move along to the next step…or even pitching in and giving physical help when needed to reach our goal . It’s our enthusiasm, it’s our full speed ahead attitude that convinces others to help us.
And, that attracts to us the help and resources we need.
That gives us the strength to keep going when the Going Gets Tough.
And I believe that at the desire to serve others, the desire to offer assistance, to lift others, to show them how to do do something that will improve their lives in some way is is a powerful motivating force to keep us moving full speed ahead.
Sometimes if our ‘why’ is just solely to benefit ourselves, it’s easy to give ourselves a break. And give up.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a rest but that’s not the same as giving up entirely.
Sometimes if our ‘why’ is just about me, it’s easy to say: no one’s being hurt if I stop. I’m tired.
But if you’ve got something to offer, a dream to serve others, a service to bring to the world, that becomes your reason to keep moving. You’ve got something to give and you’ve got to give it. Nothing can stop you. Slow us down maybe…
Ronald mentions loving your dream,embracing it.
How do we do that? I think there are several tools that will help us to embrace our desire to love it, to be it.
Three things come to mind vision boards, journalling, and networking or master minding.
With the Vision board, we have pictures of what we want to come into our lives …pictures and words, and we look at this everyday.
This could be a big board that we put on a wall somewhere or it could be something on our phone.
For instance my vision board is on my phone. It’s a collection of photographs & a collection of sayings or words, and then I play it as a slideshow, and I look at it it almost every day.
It is just a matter of taste. You could cut out pictures and put it on a board on your wall, but the phone is just more convenient for me.
The next idea is is journalling. Again this is something that you could either have a physical book and write down your thoughts which is kind of connecting your hand to your mind to your emotions as you journal, or or you can do it on your phone on an app or in a notebook.
Just write down your feelings, write down your dreams, write down what you think might be stopping you , write down what you think would help you, write down how you think you could overcome those things that you feel are stopping you. Write down your mission statement, your why.
Journalling can help us to clarify our thoughts so we don’t just have blind passion for a goal, rather we have intelligent focused passion that will take us in the right direction ,and keep us on track when we start to wander off the path. It’s totally ok to be passionate and still to take a break, when we have gone on too much. Our passion will help us to start again after we have rested and refreshed ourselves.
The third idea that I have to help us to keep that passion, Enthusiasm ,love, hugging the dream to our hearts – is linking with people who support our goal, who are of a similar mindset so that we support each other.
We will often find that we cannot achieve this goal by ourselves, we might need people who have complementary skills or complementary knowledge, or just who can help us keep our spirits up as we do the same for them.
Or someone of a complementary mindset whom we can bounce things off of , exchange ideas & plans.
This has to be someone whom we trust, and know has our best interests at heart and can help us, as we help them be accountable to the actions we need to take, to achieve a dream.
Sometimes in might be hard to find this kind of a person and we might have to go alone for a good long while, but we can do it. Because if we don’t have this person in our lives, that’s what books and podcasts and motivational speakers are for … to keep the fire burning.
So that in my mind is the magic trio to keep our goals hot and keep running at full speed: vision boards or visualisation, journalling, and being as best we can with like-minded people who support and encourage us.
How about you? What do you do to keep yourself in the groove. To keep going on a goal when things are going slow or not moving at all, or you begin to doubt yourself and wonder what you are doing trying to accomplish this task.
How do you pull yourself back ? How do you get out of lukewarm mode and turn the heat and passion back up?
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Commitment and Following Through

Just a “slice of life” blog post today! ๐Ÿ˜Š

If you commit to doing something, follow through with it. Don’t let yourself get distracted.

I was committed to listening/attending this webinar. But at the time of the webinar start, I was at a shopping mall. Wouldn’t get home in time.

My first thought was well I guess I’m going to miss the webinar. But then I said are you determined to move ahead; are you willing to do the work… and the first step was to stop find a seat at the mall, get plugged in via my phone,and attend webinar to learn what I needed to learn.

Just do it! Find a way.

Do you have a time when you were determined to achieve a goal & were tempted to just go with the flow & take the easy route…BUT, you didn’t…you just adapted and carried on with the plan? Let’s encourage each other…feel free to leave a comment.

P.S. The instagram webinar was fantastic & well worth it.

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Entering a podcast contest

Thank you 4 your encouragement for my uplifting podcast- “Positive Affirmations And Audio Stories”. You can listen to the latest episode on the “podcast” page to this blog’s site.

So what’s new???

I just found out about this contest venture. I’m taking the leap and going for an award.

I’d be ever so grateful – if you are up for it – if you would cast a vote for my podcast in the “open” OhMyPod. category before 12/31! Many thanks friends.๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ

Here’s the link —

https://podbiblemag.com/poll-winners-2019/

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Wake Up With Joy

When we first wake up up before we are fully awake and the just before we fall asleep are two of the most important times of the day for our minds and the power it holds. Let’s talk about waking up with positive energy.

When you wake up, how do you feel? How do you speak to yourself? Are you happy to embrace the new day, or do you dread it. Are you feeling motivated and ready to go, or do you arise with the feeling of ‘another day that I haven’t reached my goal’; ‘another day stuck in the hole.’; ‘I’ll never make it.’
Thoughts are things you know. We’ve got to programme ourselves from the moment we wake up, to look forward. We can’t stop the negative or fear thought from coming into our heads upon awakening, but we can stop it from taking root and growing into an uncontrollable monster. I’ve been there! It’s not nice.
So how do we wake up and control our mind. For one thing, it might be best not to listen to the news first thing in the morning. This can often happen when a clock radio alarm goes off on the hour or half hour. You don’t want to hear about troubles as soon as you wake up. Turn the sound down for the duration that the news usually runs so you don’t hear it. You can always turn it back up when the music or weather comes back.
Now when the black thought clouds start tumbling in, as soon as you become aware of them, stop right then, and change those thoughts to more constructive ones. A quick fix might be to immediately start saying a favourite affirmation over and over till you obliterate that dark thought.
Thoughts are things you know. We’ve got to programme ourselves from the moment we wake up, to look forward.
Here are 10 Affirmations that could be really useful in helping us to turn our minds towards the good and positive upon awakening. They can actually be said at any time of the day.

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  1. Confidence empowers me to take action and live life to the fullest
  2. When I see something I want, I make a plan of action, and go for it confidently with all of my energy.
  3. Developing confidence improves my life
  4. Feeling confident, assured, and strong is a normal part of my every day life
  5. All is well
  6. Today is a new day.
  7. I embrace all that is good in this new day.
  8. I am strong – physically, mentally and spirituality
  9. My faith in myself is now unshakable.
  10. My belief in myself is secure.

    Do you have any tips that you’d like to share for waking up with positive energy? Feel free to share them in the comments. Let’s help each other! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Happy Thanksgiving Day

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Thank you for your follows and likes. I really appreciate them. I’m grateful. A day late, but Happy Thanksgiving Day to all my stateside readers! ๐Ÿ˜Š

As a vegetarian I really didn’t want to pop the turkey in this pic, but no nut roast or other veggie-friendly stickers to hand ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Big Announcement- 10 Day Gratitude Challenge

#terrifictuesday ANNOUNCEMENT! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿฌ

We’ve got a new idea for a group project going on over at my motivational facebook page – Positive Affirmations And Audio Stories. Feel free to join in. It’s all about gratitude . Being grateful and having fun.

Let’s embrace and participate in “10 days of Gratitude”. We can be thankful for anything going on in our lives at this time- big or small.

Place all your gratitude comments in the gratitude thread on the page, so we can keep them all together.

At the end of the 10 days, I’ll put all the names of those who completed between 6 to 10 days of the 10-day period in a hat, and 2 people will receive a 6-card, Oracle card “Working On Goals” reading.

The gratitude period starts tomorrow Wednesday 27 November and goes until Friday 06 December. When you make your gratitude comment, please date it so I can keep track.

Thanks so much! ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ๐ŸŒป

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Trust Your Inner Voice

Today let’s talk about trusting your inner voice. With all the chatter on the social media and the fact that everyone has an opinion, it is sometimes difficult to just trust our inner voice.
Inner Wisdom
Steve Jobs one of the founders of Apple said,
“Don’t Let the Noise of Other people’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.”
We have to learn,ย we have to get good at learning that our knowing,ย our own intuition,ย is often the best adviceย weย are going to get.ย Noย one can walk in our shoes but us. We are the ones who are actually living in our particular situation.
Sometimes in order to clarify our sight, we have to ask for help.ย We have to ask for alternate views just for comparison or to see a larger picture before we can drill down to a solution for our situation.
There is a difference between being egotistical and knowing it all, and knowing when and why to trust our own inner voice.
Sometimes we may feel there is no other choice, there is only one path, only one solution. But somehow we might not be comfortable that solution or taking that step. We can’t see the woods for the trees. It’s time then to have a chat with someone else or with several people to get a wider view. A wider selection of options that we could possibly take.ย  But still that final decision is up to us. We take in all the information, we evaluate it, and then we act according to ourย inner voice’s directions.
What are some good ways then, of finding that inner voice & tapping into our intuitive powers?
First let’s think about what’s resting on our decision. Is it an emergency? Is it time based with a deadline, or is it something we have time to mull over.
If its an emergency and we have to act quickly, we might just have to go with our gut reaction & make course corrections later.
If we have a bit more time, we can think about who isย  affected by this decision. Is it just you…do you stand the most to gain or lose? Or is it a group endeavour, and yours is one contribution to the whole. Sometimes we have to compromise when others are involved. Or is it just a case of peer pressure. That’s often a tough one. We have to think of our own needs, obligations and feelings first maybe.ย Remember it’s ok to change your mind later in many cases.
If you can, find a quiet ย place and visualise the various scenarios & see which one intuitively feels more comfortable. If you have time to do this before going to sleep, you might find that by morning, your subconscious will have been working overnight & an answer will present itself to you. Meditation and quiet times are very good for learning to stop, listen to and honour your inner voice & intuition.
You can also try free writing. Draw a line down a sheet of paper & without censoring yourself, make a list of pros & cons for your decision. Sometimes writing frees up the doubts, fears, and confident points of an issue.Sometimes seeing things in black and white can strongly show us the direction we don’t want to go, as opposed to what we do want. It like putting our intuitive, gut thoughts through a sieve. That which is not wanted goes through and that which is left in the sieve is gold!
It’s totally ok and recommended to bounce your thoughts off of someone you trust, but remember…it’s your life…when all’s said & done…trust yourself…believe in yourself.
So, let’s share. How do you make decisions? How do you rise above the opinions of others to follow your own path? What kind of things do you do to strengthen your intuitive powers and build trust in your inner voice?
Feel free to add comments here, or visit us on twitter- @stefsvoice . ย ๐Ÿ˜Š
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Happy Thoughts – Discipline = Action

It is said that discipline is the difference between choosing what you want most and what you want now.

It seems logical that you would automatically choose what we want most. Sometimes excuses pop up that put us off the path to our goal. We feel too tired to do the task that we have set for ourselves so we put it off till another day. But sometimes that other day never comes. Sometimes we feel like – let me watch this TV programme, let me play this game for a little bit, and then I’ll get busy.

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What is it in us that allows these excuses to rule our lives. Is it because we are truly too busy? Is it because we really don’t have time or can’t make time? Or could it be that in some cases we are afraid.

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We can be afraid that we might, just might, succeed if we gave it our 100% effort. And if we succeed there might be some sacrifices that need to be made. And maybe we are not yet ready to do that. Alternatively it could be that we are afraid that we will just mess things up if we really try to do this thing. Or we will fail and be embarrassed & then be full of self dislike.

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It could be that the endeavour is such a big project that we feel intimidated & can’t even make a start.

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So maybe the first thing to do is figure out why we are putting off getting on with pursuing our goal.

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Why are we finding so much fascination with what we want to do now overriding what we want to do most.

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So it’s time to have a deep think. Let’s figure out what we really want to do & get clear on this project or goal. What is our ‘why’.

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With pen and paper, or on your electronic device write down exactly what you’re working on. Then why is it so important that you pursue this path & suceed.

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Then break it down into action steps that are do-able and within your lifestyle. If you work all day you might not have the same energy as someone who is free all day. So take this into account and budget the time accordingly. That will hopefully take care of the ‘I’m too tired’ excuse. Every time you feel like not bothering, remember your big ‘why’ to spur yourself on.

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If you think you’ll fail….. Follow the same plan & maybe take baby steps instead of giant leaps towards the goal to get your confidence up.

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If you think this goal might take you away from the life you’re comfortable with now, then think if your why is strong enough to either make adaptions to it so you can move yourself ahead yet still blend with a bit of your current lifestyle, or if you just need to commit to a total change.

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It is said that discipline is the difference between choosing what you want most and what you want now. Once you’re clear in what you want and why, the discipline part becomes much easier.

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And remember to reward yourself from time to time as you stick to doing the work and start to make those advances that will have you living your dream in due course

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So…How do you stick to disciplining yourself when you start to get a bit lazy or distracted and start to stray from your course?

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