Life in the time of COVID-19 can feel confusing. But by keeping a positive mindset and focusing on what we can control, you can help protect your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Right now, it’s easy to let emotions and negative thoughts get the better of you. But a positive mindset can not only help you think more clearly – it can also help protect your mental and emotional wellbeing.
Here are three tips that we hope can help you find some peace during uncertain times.
Put things into perspective
In a crisis, it can be easier to recognize the things that are truly important – and those that are not.
Most of us would admit that we focus too much on materialistic things, whether that’s the latest gadget, an expensive purse or a fancy vacation.
But if we were to write down the things that mean the most to us, none of those objects would make the list. The things we value most are connections: with our families, our friends, our communities, our loved ones.
Right now, we may be physically apart from our friends and family, but technology makes it easier than ever to stay in touch with the most important people. From hosting an online game night or joining a virtual TV watch party, maintaining these connections can boost your spirit and overall mental well-being.
A problem shared is a problem halved – be open and transparent
It can be nerve-wracking sharing negative news with loved ones – but at times like this it’s more important than ever to communicate with those around you.
Keeping secrets can increase the level of anxiety you experience even if you’re doing it to protect those around you. Whereas being open and transparent gives you the opportunity to have a productive conversation about solutions and put everyone on the same page.
Remember these are the people who you truly care about. That means they care about you too and will want to listen and help you where they can.
Keep an eye on your long-term goals
Having to tighten the purse strings doesn’t mean you can’t dream. Whatever your goals are, write them down, even if they feel out of reach at the moment. While you might not be able to accomplish what you want immediately, any savings steps you're taking now may help you eventually reach that goal. Keeping track of your aspirations can help you maintain a positive mindset about the future, even if the present feels uncertain.