Anyone else have trouble staying positive lately? We are about 2 months into this COVID global pandemic and if I’m being totally honest, my emotions throughout this quarantine have been all over the place. I go through periods of gratefulness for uninterrupted one-on-one time with Mia followed by periods of complete sadness and frustration with the fact that I’m unable to see my loved ones and knowing that they’re missing out on all of Mia’s milestones. Everything is so uncertain right now and we really don’t know when life will go back to normal and when we’ll be able to see our family and friends again, and that is such a hard thing to process and deal with. I think it’s so crucial right now to find ways to stay positive and find the silver lining in a crappy situation, because that is the only thing that is going to get us through the coming months. In today’s post I wanted to share a few ways that I find have helped me and others in staying positive during this time of uncertainty.
Protect your energy.
This is a BIG one, because it can have a huge impact on your ability to stay positive from day to day. Protect the energy in your life by saying ‘NO’ to negative energy. Whether its toxic people in your life, social media feeds that are bringing you down, or watching the news and constantly being reminded of our changing world. Say no to whatever is causing you to be less happy and positive in your day-to-day life.
I love doing this as a daily reminder that even though there is a lot of negativity in the world, we are still so blessed by small (and big) joys all around us. Try to start or end each day by thinking of and writing down 3 things that you’re grateful for – this can literally be anything (fresh flowers in the house, waking up next to your significant other, an afternoon hike with the kiddos). This is such a great habit to add into your daily routine.
Do things you love.
One of the biggest ways to help us maintain a positive attitude right now is to keep ourselves busy with doing things that we love right at home in order to fill the void of things we miss. If you love being in the kitchen, take this time to learn new recipes and try your hand at baking some delicious things for the family. Love being creative? Order some supplies and do some painting or crafts right at home. Keeping busy with things that you enjoy doing is a great way to boost your spirits and keep the positive vibes flowing.
Find alternative ways to do the things you miss.
Let’s face it, with so many businesses being closed and having to social distance right now it’s hard to get out and do things that we enjoy. BUT, it is possible to still enjoy some of those things through alternative means. Try zoom family calls to catch up with your loved ones or drive-by visits to spread some cheer. So many businesses are also offering at-home kits to allow you to enjoy your favourite activities/meals/etc from the comfort of home which is amazing, but if these aren’t available from your favourite place you can try ordering supplies online and creating your own at-home version of your favourite things.
One of the biggest keys to staying positive is to accept that you won’t always be positive – feelings of sadness, anger, or frustration may creep up and that’s totally okay. BUT, the key to dealing with those feelings so that you can maintain that overall feeling of positivity is to communicate and work through them. Don’t get down on yourself for feeling sad or frustrated. Talk to someone, express how you’re feeling and let it out. Communication with those around you is such a great tool for maintaining the positive vibes.
Whether you are totally embracing this period of uncertainty or you’re struggling with finding the silver lining, we can all use a little boost of positivity. I hope these ideas help you in finding small joys each day and keeping your spirits up. Wishing you all peace and good vibes in the coming months.