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COVID-19: HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY MAINTAIN A POSITIVE MINDSET THROUGH THIS GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY - 14/04/2020

In this time of global uncertainty, it is normal to feel a little anxious and feeling very stressed. As the news updates and the statistics of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) rise it feels like this fight for “flattening the curve” just keeps going on and the sight of the end isn’t clear.

We can all agree that the power of thinking positively has a great impact on our mental health. It is a concept applied in every situation we are faced in; at work, at school, day to day life obstacles and our everyday relationships with people. It is definitely suited in this time of uncertainty to think positive and cloud your mind with thoughts that are beneficial to you and your mental health. Research shows that a positive mindset is more than being confident and happy about your well-being. It reduces the probability of developing stress, hypertension and depression this significantly improves your mood.

Our organisation works to deepen understanding of the importance of mental wellbeing. Educating the community about available treatment options for mental illness is a large part of our brief, but our primary emphasis is on promoting good mental health and the means to maintain it. If you can relate to being stressed and under pressure about the COVID-19 and the impact it has on your mental health these are some tips that can help
you maintain a positive mindset.

 

1. Affirm Yourself - Positively

We can all agree that how day starts, in most situations, it sets the tone of your whole day. An example is if we wake up with so many anxious thoughts, we overthink everything and that affects our productivity, confidence and mental well-being. By affirming yourself in the morning before you go out into the world, you need to make sure your body and your mind are in tune with what you aspire - which is having a positive mindset in through this COVID-19. Little things like talking to yourself whilst you make a cup of coffee, reaffirming yourself that “Today will be a good day for me” or “Today I will be great as I work from home” the small talks can help your have a positive mindset for your day.

2. Replace - Negative self-talk with positive

Daily without even being aware we talk to ourselves negatively. The more we practice negative talk the more it will become our reality. These create feelings within yourself which will leave a mark of different concepts and negative conceptions of yourself. Whenever you think of saying something negative to yourself like “i can’t do this” to “let me take a break and try this again”.

3. Connect - With those of the same mindset

Connections, connections, connections. Your daily interactions with people significantly impact your life without you even knowing it. When you surround yourself with positive people, people that speak well in your life and in their own life it starts to shape the way you think and shape the way you have an outlook on life. This will make it easier to open about your feelings and most likely get a positive answer or a positive recommendation. Increase your sense of belonging and purpose. This also benefits in boosting your happiness as a result reducing your stress. Positive likeminded people will help you improve your self-worth and self-confidence. As a result, helping you cope through stressful situations.

4. Control - Focus on things you can control

The key is to divide what you can control and what you can control. In this pandemic you can control the effects it has on your individual well-being and controlling how you can cope on the impact it has on your life. Once you focus on what you can control all your energy is transferred from what you can’t control which means you are less worried about things that mostly likely cannot be controlled. To achieve this, write a list of things you can control and things you cannot control. Once done, take that list which you can change and mark out whenever you achieve your changes. Once achieved, celebrate, reflect and relax.

5. Mindfulness - Being mindful of who you are

Mindfulness is allowing yourself to only focus on the present. This helps you in reducing your stress and making you feel better about who you are.


5 Mindful Exercises that can be practised:

1. Mindful Breathing
2. Concentration
3. Awareness of your body
4. Releasing tension
5. Walking meditation


Thich Nhat Hanh unpacks mindfulness as


“Mindfulness is always mindful of something. When you drink your tea mindfully, it’s called
mindfulness of drinking. When you walk mindfully, it’s called mindfulness of walking. And
when you breathe mindfully, that is mindfulness of breathing.”


We hope this article helps you maintain a successful positive mindset during the COVID-19. If they are subject matters you would like to be a touch on or comments of the article contact our media office at media@mhfa.org.au

 

RECOMMENDED PODCASTS ON MAINTAINING A POSITIVE MINDSET:

1. Happier with Gretchen Rubin - https://gretchenrubin.com/podcasts/


2. The Positive Psychology Podcast - https://play.acast.com/s/thepositivepsychologypodcastbringingthescienceofhappinesstoyourearbudswithkristentruempy

HELPLINES:

THE MENTAL HEALTH FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA - 1300 643 287
AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - 1800 020 080


RESOURCES:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campaign Resources - https://www.health.gov.au/resources/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-campaign-resources

 

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