4 Tips on Staying Positive During Lockdown – Guest Post

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Last week, I shared 5 Easy Ways To Spread Positivity – go check that out if you haven’t already! For this post, I invited Olivia from Olivia Lucie Blake to share some ways to keep positive yourself for the last couple of weeks of lockdown! Let’s jump into Olivia’s post!


The year of 2020 and 2021 have been the weirdest years of all of our lives. Nobody could have predicted that we would all be going through a global pandemic together and living such different l-ives than we are used to. It has been such a hard thing to go through, and it will be something we will have to keep overcoming as time goes on. One thing that has been hard is not allowing the current situation to have a negative impact on our mental health.

Now if you’re like me and already suffered from a mental illness prior to the pandemic. Then you’ll know the impact that this situation has had. Some days have been really tough and I have found it so hard to stay positive. 

As a little introduction to myself, my names Olivia and I run olivialucieblake.com. I’m a lifestyle blogger that covers many different topics such as mental health, self-care, body positivity and I also share blogging tips too. I have been blogging since 2015, but only recently came back to blogging full time and completely re-branded my blog. I was so happy when Zainab invited me to guest post on her site. I’m sharing these tips today in hopes that you feel less alone in what you’re feeling. So, let’s get started!

EXERCISE REGULARLY

I’m sure like everyone else, when the first lockdown happened around the world we were all doing as the leaders of our countries recommended. The advice here in the UK was to make sure you went for a walk every day, and for a while thats what I did. But I noticed as time went my energy levels started to lower and I really lost all motivation to get out. I really noticed how this impacted my mental health and I know it also affected my body too.

Now in the 3rd lockdown, I go for multiple walks a day and its helped so much in being more productive and having more energy. It also helps so much with my mental health too. Being stuck in the same 4 walls all day, every day means you can get cabin fever really quick. So be sure to get out if you can. 

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Remember we are living in a pandemic. Theres constant bad news and bad things circulating on the news and social media. Be kind to yourself. You’re doing the best you can in these weird circumstances. Show yourself some self-care and self-love. Look after your body and your wellbeing. Take that bath, pamper yourself. Take time away from technology. That works wonders! 

You’ll be surprised at how doing those small things can have a positive impact on your wellbeing. 

TAKE EACH DAY AS THEY COME

Not every day will be the same. Some days I feel positive and happy and others I feel sad and upset. Each two days won’t be the same and I guess that’s the blessing of being a new day. We get the opportunity to wake up every day and start a fresh new day. If you have a bad day, then make the next day better. If you have a bad week, then make the next week better. 

Having anxiety means that I fear the future a lot. So, I’m always looking ahead and planning on what might happen (and then it rarely every does). Live in the present moment, and think about today only and what you can control. 

LOOK FOR THE SMALL POSITIVES IN EACH DAY

An exercise I often do on my blog is sharing some of the things I am thankful for from my weeks. It’s such a small thing to do but it has really helped me so much in changing my perspectives on life. The small things really matter during this pandemic because they’re really all we have. Your small blessings are there each day, you just need to be looking for them.

Make a list of 10 positives things that have happened in your week and use that as motivation and a positive thing in your life.

How have you managed to stay positive in the lockdown?

Thanks so much to Zainab for having me on her blog today. I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to seeing you over on my blog!

Olivia x
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5 Easy Ways To Spread Positivity

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m going to be sharing 10 easy ways to spread positivity during these difficult times! Let’s jump into it!

Call Someone You Haven’t Talked To In A While
First of all, just contacting someone you haven’t spoken to in a while is lovely in itself, but calling someone and allowing them to hear your voice will just make them even more positive! If you’re too busy for a phone call, voice notes are a great alternative!

Write A Note And Hide It To Someone In Your House
This is a great way to put a smile on someones face! If you take a note and write something like ‘I Love You’ and hide it, you can really make someones day!

Prepare A Surprise Meal For Your Family
A lot of people right now may be sick of cooking in lockdown, so you could try and create a meal! If you can’t cook – ask someone to help you!

Prepare An Art Project To Do With Someone
Art is a great way to relieve stress, with stress levels rising during these difficult times, preparing an art project will definitely allow you to have some fun with someone!

Smile!
This is the most simple way! If you just smile, a smile is contagious so other people around you will smile! Also, smiling releases endorphins which is a hormone that makes you happier so it will boost your mood!


So guys, I hope you can use at least one of these ways to spread some positivity! Let me know what you will do in the comments!

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5 Self Care Ideas – Collab With The Blogger Squad

Hi everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m collaborating with some of my favourite bloggers from the ‘Blogger Squad!’ We will be bringing all of you self care related posts; I will link all the girls at the end of this post; for now let’s jump into it!

Have A Pamper Evening:
A pamper evening is probably one of the most obvious methods of self care. Treat yourself with fragrances, bubble baths and a relaxing time!

Meditation:
For anybody who feels a bit stressed and wants self care; meditation is the most perfect option! It is a great way to calm down and practice your breathing if you feel upset or mad!

Reading A Book:
This is such a simple way to make time for yourself. You can pick any book that you think is interesting whether it’s a biography or a fantasy! If you’re set on a self care theme you can find many self help books to read!

Yoga / Workout:
If you want to do some physical self care, this is the perfect option! Yoga is great for someone who doesn’t usually workout but wants to improve your physical health. If you love exercising, working out is perfect for you!

Going Outdoors:
When you go outside, you can just feel nature and the atmosphere and it’s so relaxing! Whether it’s a jog or a run you really feel so much better when going outside!

Thank you so much for reading this post everyone, be sure to check out all the girls in this collaboration:
Maryam – Hers went up on the 15th!
Pati – Hers goes up today!
Isabella – Hers went up on the 16th!
Catherine – Her post went up on the 15th!
Christina – Hers goes up tomorrow!
Meghan – Hers went up on the 16th!
Imaan – Hers goes up today!

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How To Feel Positive Around The Holiday Season

Hey guys it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Happy Christmas Eve! As tomorrow is Christmas for today’s blog post I thought it would be a good idea to share some ways to be positive around the holiday season; especially this year due to everything that’s happened this year!

Keep In Touch With Family:
If you’re in a lockdown and are going to be alone this Christmas, you should make sure your spending the whole day talking to your family. Whether it’s on video call, phone call or anything else; just keep connected to be positive!

Have Your Own Celebration:
Another way to be positive around the holiday is to just make the celebration your own! Even if you’re alone, or don’t have all of your family with you; make it a big deal and have a big day!

Blocking Out The Negatives:
This year especially, there were a lot of negatives so to be positive around a happy holiday season; you’re going to have to block out the negatives. You can do this by switching off your phone and the news because the news has a lot of negatives!

Thanks so much for reading guys, let me know how you’re staying positive in the holiday season in the comments!

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Positive Affirmations

Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Happy December! To start off the month , I’m going to share with you guys some positive affirmations to get you in the right mindset for the week, let’s jump into it!

Just Do It!
This is such a great affirmation! Anything you have to do this week, you should do it! Go on and get it done!

I Can Do It!
If you have anything you’re finding hard or upsetting this week, just remember this: ‘I Can Do It!’ It will definitely give you more of a motivational boost.

I Am Enough!
Whenever you feel like you’re not doing the best you can just remember you’re doing the best you can. Just say in your head ‘I Am Enough!’

Stay Positive!
Now, I know you’re probably familliar with this affirmation as I say it at the end of every blog post! Any time you’re feeling upset just say, ‘ Stay Positive!’

Those are all the affirmations for today, let me know if you’d like me to do a part two!

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Top 3 Positive Room Decor Ideas | AD

Hi everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to Zainab Chats! Today, I’m going to be sharing with you decor ideas to brighten up your room; also this post is in collaboration with the brand Photowall! However, we will talk about that later so let’s jump into it!

Fairy Lights:

We all love adding some brightness into our rooms, so these fairy lights will be sure to add some sparkle into your room! You could find them at any craft shop!

Book Shelf:

For any of you readers out there, a bookshelf is efficient and aesthetically pleasing! You can also customise yours with bookends and more!

Poster / Print:

Thanks to Photowall for partnering with me for this final idea! A poster is a great way to spruce up your room! That’s why I’ve loved going to onto the Photowall website and choosing a poster! Honestly, they’ve had endless designs and patterns to choose from; I had a hard time deciding! When the package arrived, it came with really simple and easy instructions with how to mount it on my wall! Of course, I had to get you guys a discount code in time for Black Friday! You can use the code: zainabchats25 to get 25% off for the next month!

Thanks so much for reading this post guys, I hope you have enjoyed; remember to check out Photowall if you haven’t already!

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This post is a gifted collaboration with Photowall however all opinions and views expressed were my own and were genuine.

How To Identify And Avoid Toxic Friendships

Hey everyone it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, as per requested by one of my followers, I’ll be sharing how to identify and avoid toxic friendships. Even though I’ve never been in any toxic friendships this is just what I do to make sure I don’t get into one.

Identifying Toxic Friendships:
A toxic friendship is a friendship where your ‘friends’ make you feel bad about yourself and aren’t very inclusive of you in situations. If you feel that you’re in a friendship like this it’s a good idea to get out as soon as possible.

Avoiding Them:
The best way to get out of a toxic friendship is to find a new, non toxic friendship group. Once you’ve found the better ones, you just need to stop talking and giving attention to the toxic friendship until you eventually phase out of their group. Similarly, if toxic people try to befriend you; make sure you give them no attention because as soon as you do they will just make you feel bad about yourself.

That’s all my tips guys, let me know if you have any advice on friendships in the comments!

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Why Having A Dream Board Increases Your Positivity

Hey everyone it’s Zainab welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, I’m going to share one of my favourite things, my dream board, and why it increases my positivity!

What Is A Dream Board?
A dream board is essentially a board full of all your hopes and dreams you want to achieve in your life! You can put anything from your goals to what you want your family to be like!

What’s On Mine?

  • A Good Family
  • Get A Degree In Journalism Or English
  • To Pass All Exams
  • To Become A TV Presenter
  • To Become A Black Belt In Karate

How It Can Increase Your Positivity?
As a dream board plans exactly what you want in your life it can increase your positivity as it can always help you remember your dreams and goals. It also increases positivity because if you keep it in a central area of your house or room you can always remember everything you want to achieve!

So guys that’s all there is today, let me know if you have a dream board or what you would put on it in the comments!

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Why You Should Be Positive When Going Back To School

Hello everyone, welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, I want to share with you some reasons on why you should be positive when going back to school!

You’re Seeing Friends Again
I think the reason most people are happy about going to school is seeing friends again. Some people have not seen them for a long time so most people will be in an extremely positive mindset to see their friends after a long time!

You’re Going To Start Learning Again
Okay so I know some people don’t necessarily like school but if you are very curious and love to learn then you will definitely feel more positive knowing that you get to learn new things now!

You Can Actually Leave Your House Properly Again
Okay this was probably my reason for full on positivity but, you actually can leave your home! You finally have somewhere to go other then your garden so take advantage of that and actually enjoy and make the most of school!

I hope you guys are feeling a bit more positive about going back to school!

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My Positive Experience Of Year 7 and 8 In Secondary School

Hey everyone, it’s Zainab, welcome or welcome back to the blog! Today, I’ll be sharing with you guys my experience of my first two years in secondary school as from September I’m starting my 3rd year. Let’s get started!

Context
For anybody whose not in the UK, essentially you start Secondary School when you’re 11 years old, which is called Year 7 (your first year). Then, when you go into Year 9 (the third year) you start your GCSE courses up until Year 11 which is when you take the exams!

Now, let’s talk about my experiences!

Year 7
So, in Year 7, I was kind of adjusting to my new school life, when you’re in new surroundings and there’s new people it’s a little bit hard at first. However, after my first week I was completely fine with everyone supporting me! I will say, to anybody starting secondary school, Year 7 is quite easy and you honestly don’t get too much homework!

Year 8
Once you get into Year 8, the teachers do raise the bar a little bit. You definitely will get more homework and you will gain more independence in the school as you’re no longer a first year. One of my favourite experiences of Year 8, was definitely my options process! Having the freedom of picking the subjects I want to take was definitely nice, if you need tips for choosing exam subjects, click here.

Now that I’ve shared a little bit of my experiences I’ll share with you my goals for Year 9 which I’m starting in September.

Goals For Year 9

  • Create Daily / Weekly notes on what I learn in lessons
  • Get all my Homework done earliest as possible
  • Join more extracurricular activities

These are my main goals for Year 9 but because I’m transitioning from lower school to upper school I don’t know how many I’m going to complete but maybe I’ll do another post in a year explaining my Year 9 Experience!

Thanks for reading this guys, I hope you enjoyed it and it helps for when you start Secondary School!

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