Combating COVID-19 with Resilience Inspired by 'Arctic' (film)
Last night I watched a movie called “Arctic” on Netflix, and it’s about a man who is stranded in the Arctic as his plane crashed (no spoilers here). I was inspired by the main character’s mental, physical and emotional resilience, as he faced life-threatening situations throughout the film.
Given the current pandemic we are facing, many of my clients, friends and family members are experiencing a great deal of anxiety, fear, loneliness and loss of control.
This film has reminded me of how powerful our resilience and survival instincts are, and if we channel them, we can prevail during these difficult times. I know it’s not as easy, as some of us lack experience, strength or motivation but if we help ourselves and each other to remain positive and strong, as we will come out of this strong.
During the lockdown, below are 12 ways of staying positive through the COVID19 lockdown:
- Create and keep to a routine to keep you active
- Exercise even if it’s for 5 minutes to destress (Try “FitOn” app – it’s free)
- Look for inspiration to fuel your mental health
- Stay connected with family, friends and people you know
- Find a new or old hobby to spice things up
- Eat healthy food and occasionally have your favourite snack
- Create a regular sleep routine
- Spend a few minutes a day listing all positive things in your life
- Get creative to express your thoughts and feelings
- Share and inspire those who are around you with your experiences and insight
- Make yourself feel and look good every day
- Remind yourself you are not alone during these uncertain times
Julia Afdasta, Founder of CWMG Digital Agency Ltd has over 15+ years of international B2B, B2C and D2C marketing and branding experience. Julia has always used digital and traditional marketing channels to target her client’s prospects and customers in local or international regions.
As a brand marketing strategist and agency owner, her number one goal is to align marketing and branding strategies with her client’s business goals, mission and budget.
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