We are currently living in what is probably the strangest time in modern history. 2020 has so far been extremely challenging for all of us. We’ve all been faced with difficulties unlike anything we had faced before. Our everyday lives have been altered in ways we could not have imagined. To say that it’s been a rough year is most certainly, an understatement.
Surviving a global pandemic, aside from the obvious healthy habits and nutrition for your physical well being, requires a certain degree of mental strength.
This is a time when we need to focus on our mindset and try to keep a positive attitude. One of the ways to do it is to read positive quotes to get you through lockdown and daily morning affirmations.
The Power of Positivity
“You are what you think” is a popular quote that shows just how powerful our thoughts can be. When we’re focused on the dark side of things, we forget about our blessings and all of the good things in our lives. If we constantly dwell on negative thoughts, there won’t be any room left for positivity. It’s as simple as that. Now more than ever, it’s easy to slip into a pattern of worrying and thinking about the worst possible scenarios. It is definitely a scary time and it’s hard to stay calm while the whole world is in a state of panic. However, we can choose not to give in and shift our thoughts as they come. This is not as simple as it sounds, but if you try to do it regularly, you will eventually train your mind to naturally think happy thoughts. Whenever you notice a negative thought crawling in your mind, replace it with a positive one and start thinking about something that makes you smile. If you’re in a situation that makes you feel anxious and hopeless, try to find one positive thing about it. In other words, try to look on the bright side as often as you can. Another thing you can do is practice gratitude. Every morning, take some time to think about all the things that you are grateful for, both material and non-material. We often fail to acknowledge the basic commodities such as having a roof over your head and food on your table, although these are the first things we need to appreciate and celebrate during troubled times. Practicing gratitude every day will help you reach a state of gratefulness, leading to better mood and overall improved mental health.
These are the first small steps you can take towards a positive attitude. Slowly over time, your thoughts will start to change and you’ll be able to cultivate a positive mindset. This will transform your outlook on life and how you cope with stressful situations.
So, remember to mind your thoughts, because what we think, we become.
Can Positive Thinking Boost Your Immune System?
We’re all familiar with the quote “Laughter is the best medicine”. There are so many stories out there about people claiming that positive thinking has helped them improve their health and even cure their illnesses. It is widely believed that a positive attitude can help you fight off viruses, boost your immune system, and may even help you live longer. But is there any truth to these claims?
Yes, in fact, there are several studies that suggest that positive thinking plays an important role in healthy aging.
Growing evidence has linked positive psychological attributes like optimism to a lower risk of poor health outcomes, especially cardiovascular disease. It has been demonstrated in randomized trials that optimism can be learned. This may lead to novel interventions that improve public health and longevity.
There are strong and statistically significant associations of increasing levels of optimism with decreasing risks of mortality, including mortality due each major cause of death, such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, and infection.Kim, E. S., Hagan, K. A., Grodstein, F., DeMeo, D. L., De Vivo, I., & Kubzansky, L. D. (2017). Optimism and Cause-Specific Mortality: A Prospective Cohort Study. American journal of epidemiology, 185(1), 21–29. Article available at https://doi.org/10.1093/aje/kww182
The Only Kind of “Positive” We Need
Now that we’re living through a global pandemic, being “positive” has gained a new meaning. Clearly, the only “positive” we need to be right now is positive in mind, spirit and attitude. This of course, is not something that happens overnight. As we discussed earlier, just as our physical health, our mental health requires daily exercise. Just a couple of minutes a day dedicated to gratitude and positivity, can give you a peace of mind and help you push through hard times.
Let’s have a look at some positive quotes to get us through lockdown and overall, these uncertain times. Don’t forget to save and share with your loved ones.
Do you feel just a little encouraged after reading these quotes? Do you have any positive quotes to get us through lockdown that you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!