Positive thinking has helped humans overcome so much adversity. Norman Vincent Peale described this phenomenon in 1952 in his well-known book, The Power of Positive Thinking. Since that time, numerous research studies have validated his hypothesis that positive thinking leads to positive outcomes. Being successful while living through this pandemic will require positive thinking. On the flip side, chronic worry will increase cortisol and lower immune functioning making people more vulnerable to the virus and other problems.
Some simple strategies to help guide you through this time
- Develop and stick to a routine
- Create a structure for you and your family
- Start the day with a positive tone – business as usual
- Make regular contact with family, friends & neighbours – ensure you set a tone of optimism and hope
- Limit intake of news from social media and television
- Dont be afraid to ask for help
- Practice mindfulness
- Focus on self-care – 8hrs of sleep, exercise for a minimum of 20 minutes a day, eat a healthy diet
- Appreciate the extra quality family time (and time with your furbabies)
- Attempt to overcome any anxiety by using the guiding principles of the four P’s
- Perspective – our reactions to what is happening are very much in our control and have the ultimate impact on how well we fare through the crisis
- Purpose – You may feel powerless over the COVID-19 situation, and yet your purpose is to play your part to help contain the virus
- Positive Thinking – Positive thinking leads to positive outcomes
- Productivity – Most of us have more time because we are at home more. Be productive by learning a new skill or hobby, clean out your wardrobe and cupboards, plant a veggie garden, tick off your to do list, read a book and most importantly – Enjoy the new time you have for you!