Staying positive during the national lockdown in South Africa

With the national lockdown in South Africa in full swing, there is so much uncertainty amongst so many of us – myself included.

In all the madness and chaos right now we need to try stay grounded, keep our wits about us and find ways to stay sane. I often lie awake and try to focus on what positive aspects this situation can bring into our lives. Every single one of us will somehow feel the impact of this lockdown in some way or another.

In light of this all, we need to try and stay focussed on the good. Take this time to really appreciate your life, your family, your spouse or partner, your kids, your pet pals (hooved, clawed and pawed) and really focus your energy on what you do have not what you don’t.

My two cents is take each day as it comes, remember to breathe, some things really are out of our control, be responsible, stay home, listen to the government regulations, they are in place for a reason.

Use this time to get to know yourself again, for those at home you have so much time to do what you have ALWAYS wanted to but never had the time to. Get creative, write that book, learn to play that musical instrument, start that blog or Youtube channel, do something for you, do something that makes you feel good.

Find ways to challenge yourself, to challenge your mind. Learn a new language online, really put some thought into your future, maybe an additional business venture, having more than one stream of income is a necessity these days, whatever it may be try and turn this situation into something positive.

Yes, it is scary. Yes, it is unpredictable. All I do know is we definitely do need some good vibrations to be sent out to the world right now. Together we can do this and overcome it. Here is a thought, lets share more positive things on social media, lets support each other a little more, reach out to people in need, reconnect with those you don’t see as often as you would like to. This situation is forcing us all to slow down.

We can really use this time to grow, grow within ourselves and grow as a nation. A really positive follow at the moment, Dr Robert Delgado on Facebook, he is doing amazing work as well as filling his social media with daily gratitude’s, 30 things that he is grateful for each day and challenging each of us to do the same.

It is absolutely imperative to fill your mind with as much positivity as possible. Another really helpful one is Deepak Chopra’s 21 days of Abundance meditations.

This situation has made us more health conscientious in a few weeks than most of us have ever been in our whole entire lives, we now all are more aware of how important our immune system is and how important it is to eat clean and make healthier choices.

Maybe after all of this we will appreciate our bodies a little more, maybe after this we will become better people, maybe after this we appreciate life so so much more and maybe just maybe we learn to be kinder, kinder to the planet and all of its inhabitants, great and small.

In South Africa we are only on day 5, almost half way to the half way mark. If we all just do our part, we will get through this. On a personal note, I am loving what our local musos are doing online, live gigs that you can tune into and listen to them playing while on lockdown. So light that fire, grab your loud speaker and join their live feeds.

Keep in touch with your loved ones as much as possible via video calls, share as much love as you can to all of those who matter and remember you are not in this alone. We are in this together.

Remember this: “Darkness cannot drive out the darkness, only light can do that. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first and is waiting for it”

Keep your light bright! Stay safe SOUTH AFRICA. We are an incredible NATION!

Images by: Renaldo Gouws

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