8 Ways To Stay Positive During The Coronavirus Pandemic
With everything going on in the world right now, you have probably at least felt anxious or down, or perhaps even had a little cry… am I right? It seems the last few weeks has been throwing twists and turns and unexpected curveballs all at once.
Right now it is important to keep a positive mindset. Positive THINKING stimulates the growth of nerve connections, improves attentiveness, increases mental productivity and helps you think more clearly. Learning ways to stay positive during the hardest times is very important, and something that we can all do with practice.
We have listed a few tips on how to stay positive below:
1. Rest Assured it won’t last forever
Nothing is permanent, so this soon will pass. Remind yourself that what we are all going through is only temporary.
2. Limit your intake
It can be quite overwhelming with all the bad news coming from the radio, TV, internet, press and social media. If you feel like it is affecting your mood or increasing your anxiety levels limit the time you spend consuming it each day. Or switch it off entirely and focus on things that make you happy.
3. List the things you’re are grateful for in your life
Say it out loud to yourself or write it down and read it every day. Sometimes we take for granted the simple things like health, family, friends, clean water, a home, a good health care system. The sad truth what we take for granted is not available to a lot of people in the world. If you are reading this then you have internet and probably a smart phone or computer; reality is more than half the world does not have this.
Exercise releases endorphins, and endorphins make you happy! Do a home workout, there are so many home workouts available online workouts. Set a time each day for you to work out and stick with it. If you are able to leave your home to exercise, go for a walk. Walking during the day can boost your vitamin D levels, the scientific evidence is clear; the higher your vitamin D levels, the more likely you are to feel happy rather than blue.
5. Practice random acts of kindness
Do something nice for someone, without thinking of yourself. There is a local car window washer at one of the lights that I regularly pass. My car rarely needs its windows cleaned, however the other day I opened my window, explained that I didn’t need my window cleaned but I wanted to give him $5. The man was overjoyed, he thanked me and to this day I still remember the genuine smile and happiness on his face. It made me so happy to be able to give this happiness to someone who needed it more than me. In return it also made me REALISE how grateful I am with what I have.
6. Dance in the morning
FACT: Your cortisol levels (stress hormones) are the highest when you wake up. So reading something negative will affect you more so in the morning than if you read it later on in the day. Instead of grabbing your phone to check your emails or the latest news headlines, put on a happy song and dance. When you dance your body releases endorphins, triggering positive energy and good vibes, helping improve your emotional state and reduce your perception of pain.
7. Take advantage of the extra time
Feel like you are missing out on going to that event, birthday or party? Now is the perfect time to focus on something you have been putting off. Take up a new skill, do an online masterclass or work towards your goal.
8. Be aware
You are in control of your thoughts. You can’t control what other people do or say, or the world around you, but you can control how you react, and your emotions are yours. Be aware of your thoughts, if you are thinking negatively, stop it straight away, and change that thought to something positive. A good way to do this is to practice gratitude, list the things you are grateful for.
Stay Safe xx