Healthy Habits for a Positive Mindset During Difficult Times
2020 was a year full of tears, fear, stress, anxiety, and a memorable year for our history—the year when the pandemic booms and strike the whole world. Today, 2021 – we’re still stuck and still in the same situation. Home quarantine, people wearing masks, huge gatherings are not allowed, we can’t watch a movie at a movie house, we can’t still see our friends and family, above all people are still getting sick. A lot of people have been dealing with stress and anxiety during this time of pandemic. It may seem difficult to see the brighter side of things and have a positive mindset during challenging times. We can train our thoughts and minds to have a positive outlook in life; whatever the situation is, we can motivate ourselves to move forward and keep breathing.
We mainly think of just surviving and making it through the day during these unprecedented times of difficulty. And all the struggles we are facing right now, such as health, financial, social, and personal struggles, can be an easy trap for us to fall and develop a negative mindset. The truth is, it’s easier to develop and see all the negative things happening around us. But remember that dwelling on the negative side of things will not help you solve or ease your struggles. It will only cost you more stress, fear, and despair.
Positivity in life doesn’t refer to simply smiling and being cheerful. We all can fake a smile even when we feel devastated. Positivity refers to someone’s overall perspective in life and their ability to see the light. In addition to if they can focus their attention on all the good that happened in their lives. “You are what you think.” We heard this line several times, and what you think indeed is what will likely occur. Because what you think will be your words, and your words will be your action. So, if you feel negative, you speak negatively. And if you talk negatively, your actions are towards negative results.
Having a positive mindset is easy to practice when everything in your life seems fine. But it becomes impossible to have a positive mindset under challenging times. This is the perfect timing to build and train your thoughts. The process may be simple, but it will take time and a lot of practice. Here are some healthy habits to get you started that can help you train your brain how to think positively.
There are several ways to practice gratitude in your daily life. One method is to keep a “looking at the bright side” journal. List all your happy moments, your milestones in life, and even your smallest achievements. Please think of the people and moments that bring joy and comfort to yourself and be thankful for them. Practicing gratitude can improve someone’s self-esteem and be resilient in difficult times. When your day seems dark, look at the things that you are grateful for - your home, your job, your friends, your loved ones, your warm cup of coffee every single day, and start from there. Being grateful and focusing on the good things during challenging situations can help you find the silver lining in every storm.
Practice Positive Self-talk
“Starting the day on a positive note often proves enough to have the entire day filled with positivity.” Start your day with positive affirmations and positive self-talk. During challenging times, we tend to be hard on ourselves. Practicing positive self-talk through affirmations can help you shift your focus from a negative to a positive outlook. Remember, you have to be mindful of your voice in your head; you have the power to control it and the ability to regulate your thoughts and feelings.
Below are some examples of Positive self- affirmations:
- I can do it!
- This too shall pass.
- I don’t sweat the small stuff.
- I am in charge of how I feel, and today I choose happiness.
- I refuse to give up.
- I’ll try again.
- I fill my day with hope and gratitude.
- Today will be a gorgeous day to remember.
Look at Challenges as Your Greatest Teacher
Being positive does not mean we ignore the negative or unpleasant moments in our lives. Most often, we learn a lot of things during the most challenging times. And when we try to embrace and acknowledge these hardships, we develop the right thoughts and attitude on how we will face them again.
Looking at our challenges as our greatest teacher in life sharpen our focus during dangers and vulnerabilities. It increases our control over the situations and how we handle them. Most importantly, when we treat challenges as lessons – we’re developing optimistic thoughts and shifting our perspective for personal growth and development. Remember that in every challenge we face, it is an opportunity to learn and grow if we embrace and accept the reality and choose to make the best out of it.
See the Benefits of Having a Positive Mind.
With a positive mindset, you can avoid a lot of physical and mental diseases. You won’t have any discomfort from stress, anxiety, and worry. And based on research, a stress-free mind results in a strong immune system and a healthy body.
Some of the benefits of having a positive mindset includes:
- Lower rate of having depression and anxiety
- Resistance to common colds, cough, and flu
- Better physical and mental well-being
- Better thinking during decision-making situations
- Better coping skills during challenging times
- It’s an excellent opportunity to learn.
- I can try to make it work.
There are so many reasons to feel and dwell on negative things, especially during this time of pandemic. However, if we choose and learn to practice the habit of having a healthy mental state of mind with positivity, we will see hope in every difficult situation. We may not control our mood, our emotions, but we can control how we respond to things and the decisions we make. Start making the “positive you” and live only in the world of abundance and joy.