This week I wanted to share with you what we've been up to Jane Plan HQ to keep our little business in the best possible shape as the world shifts yet again, to support our wonderful team, our community, and of course, all you lovely Jane Planners. I also wanted to share my thoughts on finding a moment of calm and staying positive, in what sometimes seems like chaotic times.
And to get us in a more positive frame of mind, I couldn't resist posting a picture of Sunny, the Jane Plan dog, bringing his own special version of positivity!
Coping with uncertainty in an ever changing world
Over the last few weeks and months, many of us had started to relax into a new routine - tentatively going out to socialise, wearing masks and embracing the joys of seeing family and friends again. But right now, all that seems less certain - and I feel learning to live with uncertainty is how our lives will be for the forthcoming months.
Even though 'full' lockdown is behind us, there will be some more hard times ahead, yet there will also be some positive moments, that are full of love, kindness and generosity. Like many of you, I'm back working at home again. Along with my amazing team, we're trying to support thousands of customers, juggle numerous food suppliers and once again deal with the work/life balance issues that come when you're working at home. The one thing that stands out over the past few months, is how wonderful all you Jane Planners are - your kind words of patience, understanding and positivity have been inspiring.
The other thing I have noticed, is that being at home more does have some positives, but it can be hard when it comes to carving out some calm and some 'me time' - not to mention staying on track with your healthy eating! So I've put together some easy ideas to help you stay on track with your positivity.
Five small steps to staying positive
Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol - instead focus on drinking herbal teas like mint and camomile
Don't comfort eat - avoid high sugar foods and constant snacking
Don't let one bad day, become a bad week - if you've over eaten on one day, or succumbed to snacking, just get straight back on board with your healthy eating the next day
Get outside at least once a day and take some gentle exercise
And finally, take 10 minutes every day of 'me time' - whether it's a relaxing bath, walking the dog or reading a book - empty your mind of thoughts of the future, breathe, relax and smile.