I’ve always been a person who looks at the glass half full, but there are always times when this seems more difficult than normal. I think a lot of people have been feeling that during these times, I included. This made me make a list of things I do to keep a positive mind frame, some are tiny easy things, and some require more of a commitment. Somebody once told me that if you have a negative attitude, the difficulties you encounter also seem more draining. Therefore, why not try to change the way you think a little bit. It’s at least worth a try!
Start your day on a positive note
I’m not known for being a morning person, but sometimes you’ve got to put in the effort. So these days when I wake up I try to think of 5 things that I’m grateful for. For me, that is my family, my friends, my job, and all those little things in between that are so easy to take for granted.
Then I think about the day ahead, and try to look forward to the things I’m most excited for. Like if I’m making dinner after work, I’ll look for a new recipe. If I’m excited about a new TV show, I know I have something positive to look forward to after work. What I’m trying to say is that for me, the small stuff truly can make a big difference in your day. Try to be aware of this.
Push yourself, but be aware of your limitations
Don’t stress over the results, but try to push yourself to do your best every day. Let the pieces fall where they fall, but don’t beat yourself up if the end result is not what you wished for. Try to be focused on the task at hand, instead of thinking ten steps ahead. And most importantly, as described earlier, if you feel a wave of negativity coming your way. Take a breather, and focus solely on all the positive aspects of your life. There are so many things to be grateful for. You can even start a gratitude journal, chronicle all the great things in your life. This will also be a good source of positive inspiration in times of need.
The difficulties of the world we live in today
Due to the time we are living in, unfortunately, planning for outside activities is not as easy. The lack of time outside and no socializing with friends and family are making it harder and harder for a lot of people. Make sure you set aside time to talk to your friends and family over the phone and stay connected as best as possible. The time will come where we can all enjoy each other’s company again. Until then, let’s stay connected and be creative. Call up a friend and make it a movie night! Start the movie at the same time and talk over FaceTime or Zoom. Have the popcorn ready! Or why not start a book club with your friends and family?