Stay Focused on the Positive
Since the month of March, all of our lives have been turned upside down. Our normal routines have been stopped and totally replaced with what seems to be a new norm. Things we took for granted like interacting with others is now a subject that causes fear to many. Going shopping and doing our daily tasks has become a job in itself. All of this is due to a pandemic that was not our fault. However, dealing with it is triggering many emotions from depression to anxiety. When something occurs out of our control many times we feel overwhelmed because we recognize that we don’t have control in the situation. That idea goes even further and causes all of the emotions we feel to just beat us down because we feel as if we have failed somehow. From the start of this pandemic, I have gone through so many thoughts and emotions that I was literally making myself sick. We are surrounded by triggers like social media and the news which seem to keep reminding us of the predicament we’re in. However, there comes a time when you must realize that you have to disconnect yourself from all of this chaos and practice some self-care that will bring you back to the person you are used to being. As I have mentioned in the previous post Facing Quarantine, you must stay focused on the positive and keep your mental and physical health at it’s best.
To start take some time out to just focus on breathing and in this time push all thoughts out. As you do starting from your toes to your nose focus on what each body part feels like. Then focus on what it is you want. Whatever it is use those key items when you’re done to pamper yourself. Meditation not only helps you gain focus it allows you to escape the chaos and sometimes see a situation at a better angle. There are so many ways to meditate and it’s up to you to find what is comfortable for you. For more information on ways to meditate check out mindful.org.
Embrace Social Media
We have been told over these few months so many things we cannot do and that makes you feel so limited. Instead of focusing on those Cannots let’s focus on the cans:
You can use social media apps like Zoom to meet with friends, coworkers, and loved ones. This removes that feeling of isolation and will lift your spirits. Holidays like Father’s day make so many depressed because they cannot be with their loved ones. I personally felt this way, but thanks to my family what started as a depressing day turned into a joyous occasion. I was able to see my family through a zoom session. That was such an uplifting feeling to see that everyone was doing ok and that my dad was safe and well. So don’t just rely on the impossible. Seek other ways to make the possible happen and stay focused on the positive.
Use social media to start groups and host online events. That’s a great way to past time as well as interact with others. There are so many possibilities from starting book clubs to hosting weekly events. I have even had the pleasure of going to church services online. It is so convenient and allows you to get the word from the comfort of your home. There’s no reason to feel lonely and displaced because there is plenty to do.
Maybe You Just Want to Netflix and Chill
Sometimes you just need to be alone to take time away from all the hustles and bustles life throws at you. So set up a date with just you or you and your loved ones and watch television. You can catch up on movies or shows you may have missed thanks to Netflix and many other apps. The monthly costs is so small when you think about the hours of entertainment it brings. I have truly taken advantage of my subscription and enjoy watching my faves when I have time.
Find or Start a Hobby
As I always mention hobbies are a great way to stay occupied. You can even turn those hobbies into businesses that can benefit others while you gain monetary compensation. That’s so cool and will keep you focused and busy. If you don’t have a hobby or craft there are so many ways to learn about ones that may interest you. My favorite way has been taking online classes. I love the flexibility and the feeling of accomplishing what I set out to do. Plus I have gained so much knowledge and found it helpful in so many ways from managing stress to communicating with others. So check it out and see how it can benefit you.
Focus on new habits
This time has also been a great opportunity to work on healthier habits. Whether it’s decreasing your sugar intake to drinking more water. I have been working on my sugar intake which is doing good so far. I am a tea lover and I like my tea sweetened. Since I didn’t want to take away from the flavor I have replaced my sugar with honey. That started off a bit rough because I was mentally making excuses about why I didn’t like honey. However, once I focused on how the finished product tasted I stopped making excuses and started enjoying my tea time. So you too can take some time to replace those bad habits with healthier habits.
Hope these suggestions are helpful on your journey to staying focused on the positive. Please feel free to share with others.
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Until next time stay safe and continue on your journey to caring for your mind and body.