How to be positive in tough times
I wrote a post on how to be productive working from home and since then have been following all the tips. However, what have realised is that it’s gonna take more mental strength, dicipline and self awareness to make a productive life out of this situation. Especially if you are new to working from home. So I had to find out more. I am researching ways to stay positive, mindful and motivated when life throws you hardship. And here are some things I found on how to be positive in tough times.
While it is easy for us to see problems and criticise our weakness, finding and focusing on the positives in our lives can sometimes take effort. Having a gratitude journal is one way to practice appreciation and being aware of the little things that we often overlook. A gratitude journal should only be filled with recognition of every little blessing in your life. Which is different from a normal daily journal, that is often filled with wishes and wants.
As Dr Rober Emmons, a leading gratitude researcher writes, gratitude enhances nearly all aspects of our lives. As he says you are never too old, too young, too poor or too rich to live gratefully. I’m new to this so I’m currently reading one of his books (The Little Book of Gratitude) to guide through.
Positive affirmation is a way to train our inner thoughts to think positively instead of focusing on negative thoughts. There is a Buddha quote that goes like, “we are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves”.
Practising positive affirmation is simple and easy. But for it to work, you’ve got to train your mind to know when your thoughts are negative. And find a way to switch focus from negative to positive. Like any behavioural change it takes time to actually train our minds to constantly think positively. So be patient with yourself. And do not criticise yourself when you’re drowning in negativity just recognise it and find a way out. Have been doing this for sometime now and it’s one of the things that’s actually making this time manageable.
Inspirational and motivation books
“You are a fortunate person, indeed, if you can begin each day accepting the fact that during that day there will be ups and downs, good breaks and bad ones, disappointments, surprises, an unexpected turn of events.” Roy Benjamin
Inspirational or motivational material has a way of connecting with our emotions and triggering something within that makes us focus on our goal. I love inspirational quotes because they have helped me focus countless times. For example reading a simple ‘you got this’ quote can be what makes you productive on a rough day. The challenge this time is to consistently use them as a tool to carry me through this time.