We’ve been hearing from around the world this past week a lots of talk about anxiety, fear and uncertainty about the future. We are searching for ways to create a new routine, a new normal if you will, as we adjust to our new reality.
While we don’t hold the answers to the future, we do know one thing: You’re not alone.
It is here where we lean hard into our Positive Psychology principles to take our safety seriously AND keep fear from taking over our lives.
“Positive Psychology? Really?” YES.
Positive Psychology is SO MUCH more than the common misconception of acting like “everything is okay.” It teaches us how to reframe and adjust our mindsets to focus on what we can actually control. In a way, it’s the ultimate form of making peace with the present. How can you apply Positive Psychology during stressful times?
Look for Positive + Achievable Wins
Having a clear plan to deal with worse case scenarios is essential, however it is equally important to focus on the positive opportunities that could emerge from a crisis. What learning tools have you used? What new skills are being developed? How can these shifts in mindset, behaviors, and processes improve your future? Positive Psychology allows the mind frame to shift from a negative to an optimistic, healthy focus on the situation ahead.
Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events. In times of stress, hope can be setting short-term goals that are meaningful and motivating can help make the situation not seem so daunting. By increasing hopefulness, we have the agility, flexibility, and ingenuity to adapt a way forward as events quickly emerge.
Develop Positive Self-Talk
One of the ways to recognize, promote, and sustain optimism, hope, and joy is to intentionally fill our thoughts with positive self-talk. Self-talk is the way you talk to yourself internally, and affects your self-esteem. Be mindful of the way you speak to yourself, and when you catch yourself speaking negatively, pause and ask yourself, “would I say that to my friends or family?”
Those who are resilient tend to view life’s difficulties as challenges and respond accordingly with action, rather than with fear. In stressful moments, resilience helps us to feel more capable to handle life’s challenges. Part of resilience is being emotionally aware. it’s important to understand what you’re feeling and why. Focusing on the positive emotions such as gratitude for what is good in your life, compassion and love, a sense of zest and adventure as we navigate the unknown, a sense of purpose and calling to transcend a crisis, and the joy of collaborative teamwork to overcome challenges..
Stressful times can take a toll on your body both mentally and physically. Take time to listen to your body, take a quiet walk outside to enjoy some sun, or add more veggies to your diet, or get to sleep 30 minutes earlier. Little actions like these can help reduce anxiety and boost your health in the process.
Positive psychology is a critical tool for navigating this weird, uncertain time. Which is why we are giving our Specialty Course, “The Basics of Positive Psychology” for FREE to give you the tools to help you and your loved ones. Use code “ELEARNING” at checkout. Ends May 31, 2020
Until then, stay safe, and wash those hands!
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Scott, Elizabeth. “9 Ways to Be More Resilient in the Face of Stress.” Verywell Mind, Verywell Mind, 19 Nov. 2019, www.verywellmind.com/cope-with-stress-and-become-more-resilient-3144889.