At the end of 2019, everyone was like “2020 is going to be MY year!” Things were looking pretty spectacular when the new year came around until our “friend” COVID-19 showed up.
Office work was taken home.
Weekend plans with friends turned into Zoom calls.
Birthday parties turned into car parades.
Dating apps… exist.
Those are just a few of the changes that the coronavirus pandemic gave us, but what we don’t talk about enough is our mental health during a crisis. Especially since we’re at home more often, we’re spending more time with our thoughts and feelings. If one thing is off, it can sink an entire day.
The question is how do we deal? How can we keep up positive thinking during a global crisis? We’ve put together a list of 5 steps to positive thinking to help you dig yourself out of the next funk.
5 Steps to Positive Thinking During a Global Crisis
STEP ONE ✅ Accept that perfection is not needed.
We are our own worst critics, and while we strive for greatness, sometimes our ideas of perfection can get the best of us and we judge ourselves too harshly. When you remove the clutter and simplify things for yourself so that you aren’t striving for perfection but striving for quality instead, you remove a lot of stress from your plate and that does a lot for your mental health. Stress makes it easy for us to fall off the rails, so to wrap this step up in a neat bow, accepting that perfection is not needed is a step taken towards de-stressing your life!
STEP TWO ✅ Practice gratitude.
Think about what helps you keep going each day. Express your gratitude for people, things, situations in your life, learning lessons, etc. It doesn’t seem like much of a step at first, but when you make a habit out of practicing and showing gratitude, the energy you put out into the world tends to reward you in the same way.
Don’t get it twisted though. You want to practice gratitude mostly because kindness doesn’t cost a dang thing; it’s just that you’ll benefit from the positivity in the long-term.
Pro-tip: This is why you’ll see a lot of spaces for gratitude journaling in the Lovet Weekly Planner. We know how important it is to make this step part of your daily routine.
STEP THREE ✅ Focus on your wants and needs.
This can help you be confident to make and take action on opportunities. Remember, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take and the wonder of “what if” will bite you in the tush and affect your positive thinking.
STEP FOUR ✅ Process learning lessons.
Negative situations happen. It’s hard to avoid them! Try taking the thoughts you have on them and re-frame them in a way where you can understand how the learning lesson benefits you.
STEP FIVE ✅ Eliminate distractions.
Live in the now. It’s easy to get caught up in digital distractions 24/7. Process your surroundings and try to be present in your own life or else you might sting with regret in the future.
Pro-tip: Skip the digital distractions and go for a physical planner if you’re finding it difficult to unplug.
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