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      When did you last pay someone a compliment? How did it make you feel? Compliments are wonderful things because they usually make both parties feel better. When you give someone a genuine compliment it usually lights them up, which in turn lights you up as the cause of that. Who can you compliment today? Who do you know who’s really struggling emotionally right now? How might paying them a compliment help you both feel a bit better? Even just saying how well they’re doing or on something they’ve achieved can help. Or who is sticking to a routine, exercising more than ...

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      Are you staying sunny side up?

      Are you managing to stay sunny side up even though the chips are down? While we didn’t choose our current situation, we can choose what we focus on. Is that sunny side up or chips being down for you? What about the people around you? How are their choices affecting you? If you’re spending time with someone like that, what can you do to avoid them bringing you down too? Of course, give them whatever support you can, and don’t belittle their feelings, but you don’t have to see things the way they do. Who else can you spend time around, albeit remotely? Where can ...

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      Did you sleep well last night?

      Is Covid 19 keeping you awake at night – or are you getting more sleep because there’s less to do in the evenings? I’ve been surprised to find how tired I am by the time I get to bed and I think that it’s because just dealing with the situation is tiring me. Is that just me, or are you the same? What could you do to either increase the amount of sleep you’re getting or to improve its quality? Quality sleep is very restorative for our minds and bodies, so is really really important right now. Now more than ever we’re glued to our screens, checking latest ...

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      What does ‘eating well’ mean for you?

      How is lockdown impacting what you eat? What has changed for the better – and what has changed for the worse? I for one am snacking more and drinking more wine, but the quality of some of my food has increased. What about you? Does it even matter? On one level probably not, but on another, if I eat and drink more than usual, in the end, I won’t feel great about myself. One of the key messages at this time is stay well, and eating well is part of this, either by increasing foods that are good for you, or by reducing foods that are not. What one small thing can you do ...

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      Are you supporting and supportive?

      How well supported are you and who are you supporting? During this crisis, we’ve seen the best and the worst of human behaviour. What’s been your experience of that? One good thing that seems to be coming out of it is the amount of support we’re seeing for each other. Last week I had a call from a friend who I hadn’t seen for a while. She called just to see if I was OK and it made my day. Who’s been making your day – and how? Who else’s day can you make – and how? Maybe touch base with someone living on their own, or that you’ve not seen for a ...

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      When did you last treat yourself?

      Now a month into lockdown, with many working from home, pubs and restaurants closed so access to social gatherings very limited, what’s your new normality looking like, and what are you missing the most? I’m already missing just being able to go out of the house when I want to. I’m having to multi-purpose that one walk to replace what used to be 2 dog walks per day plus a run twice a week, and umpteen other reasons to be out among people, whether for business or pleasure. What one small thing can you treat yourself to each day, to help balance the situation? Maybe a ...

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      What makes you feel good about yourself?

      Are you currently working from home in your PJ’s, or your gym or dog-walking kit? How good does that make you feel? One thing people like about working from home is not having to dress up. They can work in PJ’s, or wear something smart on top with trackie bottoms and slippers on below. Very comfortable and certainly low effort and maintenance but I wonder how that feels day after day? What could you do differently to feel better about yourself? Actress Nicola Walker, starring as a high-earning lawyer in TV series The Split said she started to feel the part as she was ...

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      What makes you laugh or smile?

      Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, afraid about what’s going on at the moment? What one small thing could you do today to change those feelings? Let’s start with laughter and smiling. What do we have to laugh about at the moment? Laughing is good for us. It produces the feel-good factor and helps us keep a balance on what’s going on in the world. It’s OK to find humour and to laugh, as long as it’s not at anyone else’s expense, and there are still a lot of things in the world to laugh and smile about. When I get really stuck, I think back to one of several times ...

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      How good do you feel when you’re working from home?

      If you’re working from home in PJ’s, or gym or dog-walking kit, how does that make you feel? Not having to dress up can be great, especially in the short term. It’s very comfortable and is certainly low effort and maintenance but how does it feel day after day? Do you feel at your best and are you making the impression you want to? What one small thing could you do differently to feel better about yourself? Actress Nicola Walker, starring as a high-earning lawyer in TV series The Split says that she starts to feel the part as she’s straightening her hair and putting ...

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      Why are you as good as you are?

      How positive are you about yourself, your skills and strengths? Do you truly believe in your own ability to reach your full potential in a way that’s meaningful to you? Most of us could sometimes give a positive answer to those questions but also have times when we wouldn’t. A popular way to develop self-belief and confidence is regular use of affirmations, positive self-statements. You might say something like: ‘I have what it takes to achieve the success I want and deserve.’ When you say it repeatedly and really mean it, you can start to believe it. But why do you ...

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