How to Maintain an Optimistic Mindset
In times of crisis, it is difficult for anyone to maintain a sense of optimism. Indeed, many people are worried about the uncertainty that comes with the coronavirus pandemic.
But life isn't always a series of misfortunes. There are things that lie beyond the horizon and people should realize that things will get better eventually.
Maintaining a positive mindset is important during difficult times, so let's take a look at a few tips to plant the seed of optimism in our minds and hearts.
1. Keep in touch with people you love
With social distancing protocols in place, you won't be seeing your close friends in person anytime soon. Of course, there are tools like Skype or Facebook's Messenger app to help us keep in touch with the most important people in our lives. When things get difficult and the future seems bleak, you can talk to these people and open up about what you are feeling. This should help you lessen the emotional baggage you have to carry everyday.
2. Enjoy the little things
Often, people become anxious about life when they look at the "bigger picture". In times of unease, we tend to look at the world as an unforgiving place. Then again, it's sheer beauty is found in the smallest details. If you feel sad looking at your social media newsfeed filled with stories of death and hopelessness, maybe it's time you break away from the internet for once, gaze at clouds, and enjoy the snacks you love.
3. Read inspirational stories and ideas
Reading is an emotional activity as much as it is a cognitive one. Aside from helping you improve your comprehension skills, reading can also reduce stress. So if you are feeling down, try to read inspirational books that can teach you how to cope with difficult times. You can try authors like Martin Seligman. For religious readings, you can read passages from the Bible. You can even try reading The Works of Saint Augustine or other Christian thinkers.
4. Develop a craft
Whether it's writing songs or painting landscapes, art can help you gather positive energy. If there is a hobby you want to revisit or if you want to develop a new one, you have all the time in the world for that! Right now, there are courses in art that you can sign up for free, so you might want to lose yourself in the process of developing an artistic skill.
5. Stay thankful!
Again, life is not just rainy days and raisin cookies. It also gives you ample reasons to be thankful for the life you are enjoying right now. No matter how difficult things get, consider yourself fortunate if you are able to enjoy the simplest pleasures. Keeping a gratitude journal can help you track your mood, refocus your mind on the things you are grateful for, and maintain an optimistic attitude toward life.
Cheer up! Things will get better from this point on. You just need to focus on the most important things in life and never lose faith for a better world ahead.