Staying Positive In A Stressful World

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Staying Positive During Covid 19

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Right now is the time to remain calm. You, your family members, your coworkers, and your entire team need to keep your head up and keep going as we will get though this tough time. It can be difficult to stay positive with all the Coronavirus news stories. While the world has changed dramatically over the past few years, the ability to remain positive has not.

Many workers are struggling to feel connected because of new remote work requirements. Limiting social media and news updates might not be an option. While the news is often negative, it can be difficult to remain positive at work or in your personal life.

Positive thinking can help you manage stress and improve your health. Use the examples to help you overcome negative self-talk. Positive thinking is a positive approach to unpleasant situations. Clinically, catastrophic thinking is the tendency to imagine the worst possible outcome in any situation. This can lead to anxiety and panic. Positive thinking allows you to see the best possible outcome and not the worst.

positivityYou can learn the power of positivity anytime, which is a good thing.

When you read the next paragraph we ask you to disconnect from your emotion for a few minutes.

These are some of the most stressful periods in our lives. People are dying from Covid19, the economy is in shambles, more people are filing for unemployment or losing their jobs. We are afraid to go outside, and we don’t know when it will end. It is difficult to see the light at end of the tunnel. This can make it difficult to get through the stressful times and stay positive.

It can be difficult to find positive ways of thinking and staying positive. These are some tips to help you stay positive and get through any stressful time.

Keep your eyes on the positive things

Life is full of challenges and obstacles. You should always look for the positives, no matter how insignificant or small they may seem. You can always find the silver lining in any cloud if you are willing to look for it. If someone cancels your plans, think about how you can catch up on TV shows or other activities.

Slow down

If possible, don’t react immediately. Be patient and gather as much information as you can. Do you think this will still be relevant in a year? If yes, then you can take a step back and try to get out of the way. Instead of viewing yourself as an active participant in the situation, consider yourself as a representative for your company. This will allow you to be less emotional and make better decisions.

Practice gratitude

It has been proven that gratitude can reduce stress, increase self-esteem and help you to be resilient even during difficult times. You can think of people, places, or things that bring joy to you and express gratitude at least once per day. You could thank a coworker for their help, a friend for washing dishes, or your dog and family for their unconditional love.

Take care of yourself

You’ll be more prepared to deal with a crisis if you make your health a priority. Get enough sleep, eat a healthy diet, and exercise regularly. Exercise reduces stress hormones and improves body function. You can improve your health and increase your self-esteem.

Spend time with people who are positive

Both positivity and negativity are contagious. Think about the people you spend time with. Did you know that a person in a bad mood can bring down nearly everyone in the room? Positive people have the opposite effect.

Positive people can improve self-esteem and help you reach your goals. You should surround yourself with positive people who can lift you up and help to see the good side.

Avoid toxic situations

If anxiety is a problem in a conversation with colleagues, you can always walk away from the table or change the topic. If you feel anxious or afraid because of politically charged discussions, disengage or change the topic.

List your triggers to help you understand what could be causing your health problems. Recognise what is causing you to feel uneasy. Recognise what’s triggering you. You can become more aware of your situation and take control.

Positive self-talk is a positive habit to adopt

We are often the worst critics of ourselves, and tend to be harshest on ourselves. This can lead to a negative view of yourself over time that is difficult to change. You can stop this by being aware of your inner voice and responding with positive messages (also known as positive self talk). Research has shown that even a slight shift in how you talk to yourself can have a significant impact on your ability to manage your emotions, thoughts, behaviour, and stress response.

Give yourself some room to breathe

It’s not hard to believe that there will be days and situations that make you feel hopeless. The breathing activity we recommend requires you to take three breaths that will allow you to have self-compassion. First, acknowledge that you are experiencing a struggle. Accept that you are not the only one feeling this way. Then, find something that you can do now to feel better. Even if you only have a few minutes, focus on self-care. Every time you do this breathe.

This won’t solve the emotional or stressful situation, but it will help you be more compassionate when you return to it.

Be thankful

It is a great way to keep positive vibes flowing each day by taking a step back to reflect on what you are grateful for. You can write down five things that you appreciate, even if you feel negative or are having a stressful day. When you think about all the great things you have, it is much easier to turn a stressful day around. This shifts your focus from the negative to the positive. This is one of most effective and quick ways to get positive vibes flowing again.

A Self-Improvement Book

A good book of self-help is the best. Self-improvement can be a great distraction if you have extra time or are uncertain about your work or life direction. A good book will provide solid strategies that you can implement in your daily life.

Start a book club at work that encourages healthy reading. While you cannot read while on the job you can talk about the book in a walking break, lunch, or over lunch. Remote team? To discuss your top picks, schedule a virtual online meeting chat for a brief weekly discussion.

Give back

Try to find ways that you can give back, if possible. You can donate supplies, money or your time.

When you feel like you don’t have control, it can be difficult to remain positive. Giving back can help you feel more in control and can bring you the positive feelings of satisfaction and fulfillment that comes with knowing that you are doing your best. Positive energy can also be contagious. A neighbor can benefit from your smile and in turn return the laugh or smile also.

Final Thoughts 

Stress is a natural human response that everyone experiences. The human body was designed to feel and respond to stress.

Your body adapts to new situations by triggering stress responses. Positive stress can keep us motivated, alert and safe from danger. If you are facing a difficult test, for example, a stress response can help your body to work harder and stay awake longer. Stress can become a problem if stressors are not relieved or given time to relax, building up over time.

Stress and mood do not go hand in hand. You don’t need to feel stressed out if you have a good day. Keeping positive is the best way for you to cope with stress. These tips can help you have a positive day, no matter what happens. To learn more from our team or to have a tailored session designed for your team contact us.

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