It’s that time yet again when everyone is on tenterhooks, worried sick of what next, who is next in line of getting infected with the deadly virus. Lots of emergencies, loved ones lost others still struggling for dear lives. Young, old, rich & poor all in terror.
We don’t need to panic but rather need positive thinking, it doesn’t mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.
We can all borrow a few tips on how we can build positive thoughts to help us in these uncertain times;
Identify areas to change. If you want to become more optimistic engage in more positive thinking, first identify areas of your life that you usually think negatively about, whether it’s that sinus that u think if u contracted the virus it would get worse on u. You can start small by focusing on how to handle the situation in a more positive way.
Check yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative possibly trying to ponder on the number of people pronounced dead from the virus worry not but rather try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
Be open to humor. This is key and vital, give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
Follow a healthy lifestyle. Aim to exercise for about 30 minutes on most days of the week. Exercise can positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn techniques to manage stress.
Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don’t say anything to yourself that you wouldn’t say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about you. Think about things you’re thankful for in your life.
When we armor ourselves with the above we shall be able to make it out of this invisible war successfully.
By Esther Priscillah Namusimbi
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