Staying positive in stressful times is not easy. The past year has been so universally difficult that associating 2020 with just about everything bad has practically become a meme. And, although 2020 is over, the hard times aren’t over for many of us. Not yet, at least. Even so, it is important for your mental health to try to have a positive mindset
You might be worried that things won’t get better anytime soon.
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It’s only natural. Staying fixated on that, though, can keep you trapped in depression. I’m not saying you should delude yourself into thinking that things are going well, but depression, by nature, breeds more depression. It makes it harder for you to go about your day-to-day life and can negatively impact you in ways you don’t even recognize.
One key symptom of depression is lack of motivation. If this persists, you might let opportunities slip by that could have helped make things just a bit easier. You might not see these opportunities, or you might put them off until it’s too late to take advantage of them. Thus, you keep yourself in the bad situation or make things even worse for yourself.
Staying Positive Your thoughts!
Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep going. Tough situations build strong people in the end.” ― One thing I want you to remember before we continue: This is not your fault. Especially if you have major depression or a similar condition. That being said, you can fight it. You can take small steps day by day to take control of your thoughts, even in the worst circumstances you might find yourself there is hope. In times like these, it’s hard not to have negative thoughts. To build hope, we have to counter these thoughts.
Staying Positive in Stressful Times
As you go through every day, including the negative things, make an active decision to change your internal narration. Yes, something bad happened. But is that the end of it? No. It isn’t. Ask yourself: How can I learn from this? There is a lesson in every experience and when you face something similar again, you will have greater knowledge and ability to react differently and make things turn out better. Even if you fail more than once, don’t beat yourself up. Think actively about the lessons you’ve learnt so that you will be better equipped next time.
Finally, don’t suffer through these hard times alone. It’s easy to shrink away from loved ones, especially if they’re far away. Try, though, to spend time with your family and friends, those who care about you. Even a phone or video call can help. If you feel you can trust them, share your thoughts and experiences so you aren’t carrying the burden alone.
Remember: No difficult time lasts forever. You can get through this. You will get through this.