Maintaining Perspective and Executing Best Practices for Personal Well-being
13 March 2020
There is no doubt that the world has the Coronavirus on its mind, and that’s no surprise! The news bombards us daily with stories about increases in confirmed cases, rising death tolls, and the spread of the virus to even more locations. The response to these stories has created record-breaking prices for hand sanitizer and stores with empty shelves where paper products and disinfecting wipes should be. Many businesses are either shutting down or restricting hours in hopes of minimizing infection. During times like this, when stress levels run high, and danger feels imminent, it is more important than ever to focus on the pillars of good mental health and well-being. This practice will help you avoid spiraling out of control and contributing to the hysteria surrounding the latest threat, COVID-19.
When life feels hard, it is essential to have foundational skills in place to keep centered, mindful, and to maintain a healthy perspective about whatever situations that come to you. When stress levels are high, it’s not easy to remember to practice these skills. This moment is the perfect time to become aware of the steps you can take to keep you grounded and maintain a positive outlook towards your present and your future.
1. Be Grateful for the Now: So often we put off what we really should (and want!) to say and do. Sometimes this comes from a position of not wanting to look vulnerable or worrying about how we might be perceived. Sometimes we hesitate or procrastinate because the timing doesn’t feel right. It is important to divorce yourself from those negative thoughts and be grateful for the now. Tell your loved ones what they mean to you now. Call that person who is important to you now. Admire the beauty and joy around you now. Stop and take notice of all the wonderful people and things around you and be grateful for those things in this moment. It’s grounding; it’s gratitude; it’s good for your soul.
2. You Have Successfully Gotten Through 100% of your Bad Days: If you are reading this, that means that you have overcome every bad day that you have ever had. With a perfect track record, it is safe to bet on yourself and believe that you can continue to succeed. There have undoubtedly been times when you felt like you could not see beyond the difficulties in front of you, and despite that, you are still here. Be proud of what you have accomplished, what you have been able to overcome, and trust that you can do it again when needed.
3. Love Who You Are: One of the most important things to remember when situations and influences affect how you feel is to turn inwards. Look at who you are at your core. You have been growing, evolving, learning, and improving every day. The more frequently you turn within and acknowledge and honor yourself, the more grounded you’ll be, and the greater the perspective you’ll have about outside influences that may be challenging you. Knowing who you are and what you choose to feel and think will help you navigate the stressful times we are currently facing.
4. Let Go and Let God: Regardless of your religion or your spirituality, letting go and trusting in a higher power that guides you through life allows you to see a bigger picture. This perspective is reassuring and enables you to understand that you will end up where you need to be, and the stillness and happiness you want to achieve is more than possible. Let go and let God.
By keeping these things in mind, it allows you to focus on the moment; to love and appreciate those around you, and to remember to love yourself. This practice generates gratitude and helps to keep you positive and to grow as an individual, even when times are difficult.
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