In a world that is currently full of so much negativity and uncertainty as we face trying times, it’s important that we don’t give up. It’s important that we not lose sight of our happiness, of being kind to those around us, and of remaining optimistic for the future that lies ahead. It’s important that we take away some positive lessons from these uncertain times.
As challenging as it might be to focus on, there is still so much good in life. Regardless of the circumstances and struggles in which we are facing, we are still living the greatest gift known to man. If we have nothing else to be happy about, at least we have that – the gift of life.
How To Stay Positive While Stressed
I am a person who tends to stress a lot. When I say a lot, I mean A LOT!!!!!
If something doesn’t go according to plan, my thoughts begin to race, my fears start to take over, and I always overthink/fear the worst outcome possible.
At the start of this pandemic, I’m sure you can imagine where my head was at.
But despite the stress that I normally feel during uncertain times, I will admit that I am feeling next to no stress at all during these uncertain times. While I am saddened by all that is going on, this pandemic has also taught me to look within and to be grateful.
This sense of gratitude that I have felt has helped to eliminate all of the negativity and stress that I once felt. It’s why I have thoroughly enjoyed this quarantine. As bad as this may sound, the thought of going back to “normal” brings more stress and fear to me than the thought of being quarantined for the foreseeable future.
One powerful lesson that I have learned is how to manage my perspective. It is because of the perspective in which I have gained that I have managed to stay optimistic.
Life may not be perfect right now, but it never is. What good is it going to do us to allow ourselves to be consumed by all of the negativity in the world? If you want to challenge yourself and show your strength, try being positive! Be kind, go out of your way for others, and find the good in life when many aren’t even willing to try.
Positivity is good for everyone. It’s not just good for you, but it’s also good for those around you.
5 Positive Lessons From These Uncertain Times
In case you are having a difficult time focusing on anything positive, here are 5 positive lessons from these uncertain times that we can all learn from.
There is so much to appreciate.
The first positive lesson that this pandemic has taught me is how to appreciate more.
So often, we take for granted the common things in life such as our health, our homes, being able to have access to food 24/7, being able to see our friends and families on any given day, and being fortunate enough to have a job to support our lifestyle.
Through these uncertain times, not only have we been forced to appreciate the things we used to take for granted, but we have also be forced to appreciate some of the things we never even acknowledged.
How about the nurses and doctors all over the world who are risking their lives on a daily basis to cure the ill? How about the first responders who continue to keep our communities safe? What about the farmers who are still working to provide food for us? How about the gas station employees who have to work so those who want to go somewhere still have the ability to do so?
Once you put into perspective all that there is still to be thankful for, life becomes more positive.
Life as we know it has become simpler.
Over the last few months, life has become easier. Fewer bills are needing to be paid, student loan payments have been deferred, and the government is actually helping during this time.
While many have lost their jobs, the good news is that, just as life has, much of the world and the demands that come with life have also been put on pause to help alleviate the stress.
Can you imagine if you still had a monthly student loan payment, or a car loan that needed to be repaid, or hadn’t received a dime from the government? You would probably be far more stressed than you are.
While I’m not saying that everything is “hunky-dory” right now, life is simpler right now. The least we can do is appreciate the simplicity that comes through all of this while we have it.
We are forced to “be” instead of constantly doing.
In today’s society, everybody is incredibly busy and constantly on the go. It’s almost to the point where we pride ourselves on who can have the busiest schedule. As much as we say we want to slow down and go with the flow of life, we don’t make a valid effort to do so and, instead, continue to run ourselves into the ground.
Most individuals go to work for a minimum of eight hours per day. On top of that, you have to factor in the average commute of close to two hours per day, taking the kids to and from after school events, preparing dinner, maybe continuing your education, or starting a side-hustle on the side. Just the thought of all of this is stressful, but yet, this is what many of us pride ourselves on doing every single day.
If there is something that this pandemic has taught us, it’s how to slow down and be instead of constantly on the go and doing. Accept this time. Appreciate this time. Cherish this time. We aren’t always going to have this much time on our hands, so appreciate it for what it is.
Challenges only make us stronger.
Another positive that we can take away from this is the fact that each and every single one of us is becoming a stronger version of ourselves as a result of the times we are facing.
Strength is built in times of uncertainty. In order to grow in an area of life, we first need to be willing to embrace new experiences, go through challenges and struggles in which we have not yet gone through, and learn new lessons that we have not yet learned. As a result, we will become more knowledgeable and skilled in future challenges and struggles.
Right now, this is life. Every single one of us is having to endure a new experience. We have not yet faced this exact challenge before, and it’s forcing us to live life in a way that we are not accustomed to living. But as a result, we are gaining experience, and since we are gaining experience, we are only becoming a stronger version of the individual we once were.
We have finally come together as one.
For once it finally seems as though the world has come together as one. Even if it’s temporary, we have put aside all of our differences and have come together to face this pandemic in unity.
Everybody is going above and beyond what was once considered to be “the normal” to help others make it through these challenging times.
Teachers are adapting to internet lessons and working harder than ever to ensure that children are still getting an education.
Communities are coming together and are donating money and/or volunteering time to help provide for those who need it the most.
It almost seems as though wars, social differences, hatred, or any other adversity that is normally prevalent is being met head-on by the peace and unity that the world has finally established. Isn’t this how we should be living anyways?
Before You Go
We may not be able to control all that is going on in the world around us, but we always have the power of perception. It may be hard to focus on the good when the world is full of so much negativity, but what other option is there?
The choice is yours to make. You can either choose to look at the glass either half full or half empty. I will be the first to tell you, though, that when you choose to look at the glass half full, life becomes far more enjoyable to live… even during uncertain times.