Welcome back to another post! The self-isolation life continues and what a better time than now to talk about maintaining a positive mindset. In general it can be challenging staying positive, but during times like these where we’re dealing with a global pandemic it can be ten times harder to keep a positive mindset. We are in quarantine, keeping our distance, staying away from family and friends, some have lost their jobs, some are facing financial difficulties, health challenges – in times like this we may not be in the best mindset.
It’s okay not to be okay and to have multiple breakdowns through out the day and it’s okay to cry. We are humans and we’re facing something we had never lived before. What we shouldn’t do is let the situation control us or let it drown us. It is very easy to slip and feel depressed, unmotivated, no energy and in a funk. What we need to do during this time is take care of ourselves.
What is a positive mindset and attitude?
This might be common sense but positive thinking is, “a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results,” according to Remez Sasson (n.d.).
Positive thinking is approaching life with a positive outlook and I’m a big believer in this. I always try to stay positive and try to see the positive side to every situation no matter how bad it can be. Maintaining a positive outlook on life can truly work wonders, but it does take time and practice.
How do you maintain a positive mindset during a global pandemic?
During this time of isolation it might be difficult to stay positive, but trust me I’m sure there is a lot that you can be thankful and having a little hope that things will get better can make the situation a bit less hurtful. Focusing on the positive rather than the negative will help especially during these times.
One important step that is essential in maintaining a positive mindset is – sleep.
Sleep is so important in our lives and it helps us maintain our health and well-being. I’m sure during this pandemic everyone’s sleep schedule is all over the place because mine sure is. However, make sure that you’re still getting rest and sleeping at least 7 hours. Getting a good sleep helps you be well rested and have a clear mind, be more productive and helps you concentrate.
Here are 7 steps you can take to start your day with a positive mindset:
- Be Thankful: Start your day thankful, what are you thankful for? Right after waking up if you thank God or whoever you believe in for what you have you’re already starting your day on a positive note. This will also help to remind you of what you have and how bless you are. Sometimes we focus on the negative things or what we don’t have that we forget about what we do have and how grateful we should be.
I’m thankful for: my job, having a roof over my head, the food in my fridge, having clean water, having electricity, having internet, being healthy.
- Stay Away From Your Phone: I’m sure a big majority of us wake up and check our phones right away. It’s okay to check your text messages or calls, but you should avoid checking your social media and emails right after waking up. Once you grab your phone and you start checking your emails or social media you get caught up scrolling down and right away you’re in “catch-up mode.” Try your best staying away from your phone as long as possible after waking up so you can have more time for yourself.
- Make Your Bed: After getting out of bed make sure you make your bed. I know we’re all staying home and will eventually get back in bed, but just make your bed. Having your bed made can help improve your mood and helps start your day off right. I don’t know about you but I can’t stand my bed not being done in the morning when it’s not done it makes me lazy, unorganized. Having a bed made looks and feels good, but it also encourages me to keep the rest or the room tidy.
- To Do List: Spend 10 to 15 minutes creating a to-do list before you get your day started. I know we’re not going anywhere but even if you’re just staying home having a to-do list helps create order. If you take some time to write down the things you want to get done for the day it will help you feel productive, focus and motivated through out the day. Having a to-do list helps you maintain accountability even if you’re staying home create a list of what you want your day to look like.
For example, if you’re working from home at what time are you taking your lunch? What do you need to get done for the day (work related)? What time are you working out? What kind of workouts are you doing? What’s for dinner? Laundry, self-care time?
- Do Something That Makes You Happy: Start your day doing something that makes you happy. When we wake up we tend to be in a routine, but when you do something that makes you genuinely happy that sets your mood. It can be something so simple as playing your favorite song that once you hear it you know it’s going to get you in a good mood. Maybe you have a dog and simply cuddling or playing with them makes you happy. What about a morning walk, jog? If you’re like me then maybe a simple sip of coffee makes you happier.
- Affirmations: It’s good to take some time for affirmations, speak into existence and if you don’t know what they are they’re basically positive statements you say to yourself to help you overcome negative thoughts. When you believe them and repeat them often you can start noticing positive changes. I’m sure most of us already talk to ourselves; well I sure do so why not repeat positive affirmations everyday to help practice positive mindset. Affirmations help set our attitudes and mindset straight while preventing self-sabotaging. Choose 3-4 affirmations and stand in the mirror and repeat them every day, leave sticky notes around your house that will constantly remind you of them.
I am feeling strong and healthy today
Today is going to be a great day
I love and accept myself for who I am
I’m happy and content with my life
- Avoid Negativity: Starting your day with a positive mindset means avoiding any negativity. Think about what makes you feel bad, negative vibe and avoid that as much as possible whether that be people or what you’re consuming. Social media is avoidable, but you can choose who you follow and if there is someone who is making you feel sad, uncomfortable or affecting your well-being then unfollow them. During covid-19 we should be staying informed, but don’t get consume by the news since it can be overwhelming. Stay informed, but limit your news consumption or anything that doesn’t make you feel well.
“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts”
Everyday is a new opportunity to make it great and we have that option. I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you in anyway or helped you to set the day for you to have a great day. Stay home and stay safe!
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