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Cancelled plans in 2020: The joy of missing out

7. Get planning

If you’ve always wanted to take a dream trip, been meaning to visit family who are not local, or to start a business of your own, now is the time to get plans on paper – and then into action.

Use time you have to draw up ideas of things that really matter to you, then create an action plan for how to make it happen.

Allow yourself to dream a little, be open-minded, and make the most of spare time to set goals, and more importantly, make them happen. Your future self will thank you

8. Relax

During unprecedented times like these, it is important to relax both your body and mind. With salons and gyms being closed for the time being, create a spa experience in your own home with a fragranced bubble bath, simple manicure, and homemade face scrub.

Search for online exercise programmes (some are free) and ensure that you set time aside each day to complete these to maintain fitness, and release those endorphins.

Also remember to take care of your emotional health by switching off after work, finding moments in which to be mindful, and using positive affirmations.

9. Learn!

Always fancied learning a new skill? Now is your time to shine. From languages to cooking, dancing, gardening, or pilates, turn learning into a hobby while at home.

You can sign up to classes online, order a few books, or take things at your own pace and plan your own learning. Whether it’s fun you’re after, or a formal skill, don’t miss out on this opportunity to do something new.

10. Feel grateful

At this time, when everyone is thinking about their missed plans, events and opportunities, express some gratitude for what you do have. When we’re all spending more time at home, without the luxuries of socialising with others, or the opportunity to travel further than the local area, feel grateful for your health, your home, the ability to contact friends and family remotely. Feel grateful for what you and others have right now, and remember that we are all missing out together.

Katy Beskow is an author, food writer, recipe developer and cookery tutor. Find out more about Katy at her website katybeskow.com

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