How to keep a positive mindset during the pandemic.
Ugh… there’s no need for me to explain anything about the current circumstances, right?
So, let’s skip that.
I’ve found myself highly unmotivated and hopeless in the last couple of days.
Before that, I had managed to stay on track with my routine, my work, my projects, everything. That’s why I wrote a post about the perfect quarantine routine.
However, a couple of days ago it occurred to me that there’s nothing I can do right now to make my plans happen this year, as I had anticipated before the pandemic.
“What’s the point?”
It turns out I hadn’t looked at it that way. Maybe I was too focused on keeping my pace, that I didn’t have the time to reflect on the consequences this would have on my future plans.
These thoughts, of course, took their toll on me and I started to feel so lazy I couldn’t even find enough motivation to cook…
That feels awful and I hate it. But I gave myself some time to feel the feels. I gave myself permission to be unproductive and lazy for a couple of days.
But I got sick of it quickly. I wanted to get back on track but it wasn’t easy.
These are the things I’m doing or thinking about in order to get back on my feet. I hope they help you as well 🙂
7 Ways To Keep A Positive Mindset During Difficult Circumstances
1. Recognize how you’re feeling
The first thing you want to do is say: “Yes, I’m feeling down/unmotivated/lazy“.
At first, I just couldn’t recognize it. I just kept pushing for a day or two until I started to feel extremely burnt out. And that was worst.
Instead of denying your true feelings, recognize they’re there.
2. Defy your thoughts
If you’re feeling unmotivated due to difficult circumstances outside your control, beware of the things you tell yourself.
Once you’ve identified your recurrent thoughts, analyze them, and find a way to defy them.
As I said before, I was wondering what was the point of working and hustling in order to make money if, in the end, my plans don’t depend on me entirely as they used to.
However, I focused on something I’ve said and even written here before: this too shall pass and you’ll be left with what you did during this time.
3. Practice journaling daily
I wasn’t even in the mood to sit down and write in my journal.
I know how beneficial journaling is for my mental health.
So, I decided to get back in the habit of journaling for 5-10 minutes a day and it’s made a huge difference.
Thanks to my journaling practice, I’ve been able to keep a positive mindset and find myself again.
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4. Listen to your favorite music
I’m listing this one here because as obvious as it may sound, I hadn’t thought about doing it.
For some reason, I felt the urge to listen to songs I hadn’t listened to in A WHILE.
Especially songs by artists I was obsessed with when I was younger, like Lindsay Lohan, Hillary Duff, Britney Spears, BSB, Nsync, Yellowcard, Avril Lavigne, Simple Plan, Blink 182… you know those.
Yes, I’m THAT old lol.
These songs brought back so many memories and feelings.
They made me feel some kind of way that improved my mood.
10/10 Highly recommended to boost your mood and keep a positive mindset.
5. Remember why you started
Whatever you’ve been trying to accomplish, remember why you started in the first place.
And if you don’t know why you started, then go deep and analyze the reasons why you do what you do.
6. Talk it out
Feeling unmotivated due to circumstances that affect other people as well should make you feel you’re not alone.
Talk about how you’re feeling and I’m sure you’ll find people who will understand and give you good advice.
7. Seek professional help if you need to
There’s absolutely no shame in seeking professional help if you feel this is too much for you to handle.
If you keep trying week after week to get back on your feet but don’t succeed, seek help.