Staying positive can change your brain chemistry, improve your problem-solving abilities and even increase the body’s immunity. Taking control of your mental health can help you find a sense of inner balance and keep you as calm as possible as we continue to tackle this period of uncertainty.
Below are a few ideas to foster positive emotions…
- Strengthen your personal connections. Bake with your kids; bring out the board games for family game night; do a workout with your friends via Zoom. Any sort of quality time with others is sure to bring about positivity.
- Enjoy the little things. Turn your brain off autopilot to enjoy your first coffee in the morning; take a walk outside and breathe in the fresh air. Any small victory will make you feel more positive.
- Look for the good in others. Philanthropists are donating money to scientific research; medical staff are working overtime to help sick patients; neighbours are taking care of one another. We are united in hope when we focus on these positive aspects of the crisis.
- Limit your media intake. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the constant vortex of unsettling news. Choose a single news source and decide how much time you will spend with it each day, then stick to your plan. You will be well-informed while maintaining a sense of calm.
- Take a daily inventory. Close every day with a positive acknowledgement of something you accomplished, learned or are grateful for. It will help dilute some of the negativity you’ve absorbed and remind you that not everything that’s happening right now is bad or depressing.
There is no denying that the world is spinning right now, but that doesn’t mean that your well-being has to sling out of control. Be deliberate in activities that are positive, heartwarming, stress reducing and laughter inducing. Together, we’ll get through this!