Over the past year, the world has experienced a shared hardship. Although experiences and circumstances differ among us, it's not presumptuous to say the pandemic has had us all struggling at one point or another. There have been moments of unity alongside times of unbearable isolation. As lockdown eases and the country starts to reopen, we'll hopefully see things returning to normal in the coming months. These months will still be long and lonely for many. The struggle isn't over yet, and this final hurdle, with the finishing line in sight, will be frustrating and upsetting for many. In these times, you might need extra encouragement to stay positive and keep pushing forward. In this blog post, we're sharing a few ways you can retain a positive mindset in what will hopefully be the final few months of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Make Plans With Loved Ones
We’re at a stage in the pandemic where we can finally begin making plans for the future again. With pub gardens opening and the warm weather on the horizon, we can start making plans to see family and friends. Having something to look forward to, whether it is an evening in the pub or simply a walk around the park with a friend, can inspire a positive mindset and encourage you to push through the hardships.
Give Tokens Of Appreciation
Giving truly is receiving, and nothing proves this more than giving something to someone you care about. The Coronavirus pandemic has been an intense and upsetting period for everyone. Show your loved ones you care about their struggles, and you’re proud of their triumphs by gifting a small token of your love. Picking out a gift and watching the look on their face when they receive it is guaranteed to raise your serotonin levels, prolonging that positive mindset.
Make Self-Care A Priority
Self-care needs to be our top priority. The key to keeping a positive mindset is caring for your body and mind. No matter how busy you are or how down you're feeling, carving out time for yourself is crucial. Self-care isn't just putting on a face mask and painting your nails (although if doing this makes you feel your best, do it!). Meditation, exercise, eating right and having time to do what you want are all forms of self-care. These might seem like minor everyday activities, but they make a huge difference. Rather than sweeping your daily run under the rug for a later date, put your gym gear on and get moving!
Maintaining a positive mindset in periods of intense hardship isn't easy. The coronavirus pandemic is one of the most difficult experiences we'll ever face. Whilst we're close to the finishing line, we're not there yet, and these final few months may be the hardest. Stay engaged with how you're feeling and understand that a positive mindset isn't always easy to achieve. The small activities and actions outlined in this post will help encourage and maintain a positive mindset even in the face of extreme adversity.