I welcomed the first lockdown with open arms.
Kari Leibowitz, a health psychologist, studied the people of Tromsø, a city in Norway that does not see the sun between mid-November and mid-January.
It's my idea of hell.
Leibowitz argues that our appraisal of a situation, whether we perceive it as threat or opportunity, changes how our bodies respond. For example, in an experiment at Harvard Business School, participants who had a fear of public speaking were asked to say out loud "I am excited", which led to better performances and less anxiety.
So I need to set myself up with a positive mindset for the coming winter.
Embrace the hygge.
The thing is, positive psychology doesn't come naturally to me. It's something I have to work at.
There were a flurry of articles recently slating the #goodvibesonly hashtag on instagram calling it harmful, and suggesting it was delusional and that we all need a good dose of realism, and generally, that's where my mindset naturally wants to go.
However, I think there's also a time and a place for protecting our mental well being, by choosing what we focus our attention on; choosing to devote as much mental capacity as we can on what is good, righteous, pure, admirable, and lovely.
The diffuser is on with some tangerine and clove oils in it, the fairy lights are out, we're eating nourishing foods and we're making our home a cosy safe haven from all the stress of politics, we're grieving the loss of my daughters beloved hamster, welcoming a new one, and doing life at a slower pace.
If you're looking for slow down, but camping your whole family in the living room for a week seems a little extreme, start small.
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