It’s easy to let negative thoughts take over during such a strange and scary time. As we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic staying positive is not as easy as it used to be. Nations are quarantined. People are sick. Essential workers are tired. If you’re feeling negative don’t worry, because you are not alone. Here are a few ways our human resources professionals advise us to try to stay positive and get us through this pandemic:
- Lean on Your Support System: whether it is friends and family, coworkers, a therapist or an online community, reach out to those who support you. Everyone is in the same boat right now so finding people experiencing the same feelings as you is not difficult. Those that support you can help talk you through these negative emotions and help you develop healthy and positive coping mechanisms.
- Have Gratitude: Being thankful is an easy way to pull yourself out of a downward spiral. Take a minute each day to write down what you are most grateful for. This will help you reflect on your blessings and inspire positive thoughts.
- Help Others: Helping others is an easy way to instantly feel better. Whether you are sewing masks at home, delivering groceries for an at-risk relative or checking in via FaceTime on your friends, helping out will boost your serotonin levels and increase your positive outlook.
- Create Something: Creative expression is known to boost not only your mood, but also your confidence. Start cooking, painting, writing or whatever it is that makes you happy. I mean why not? We’ve all got a little extra time on our hands.
Even though this is a scary and unprecedented time, we can all try to be a bit more positive. Positivity is contagious, so rather than spreading negativity around, let’s all do our part to make positivity go viral.