Omicron, the most recent Coronavirus variant, has been sweeping its way across the U.S. nation. Americans battle internally with maintaining a positive mindset during these uncertain times. Employees and parents may wonder when things will return to “normal“ and not have to worry about wearing masks, deciding whether to send children to school or wrestling with the thought of a vaccine mandate.
National leaders don’t know when or if this pandemic will ever end. We must devise strategies to keep ourselves motivated not only for our own sake but for our loved ones as well. Let’s discuss three tips on remaining proactive about maintaining a daily positive perspective.
The first thing you can do to give yourself a sense of accomplishment in the morning is to make your bed. Great benefits come from completing this simple task first thing in the morning. Retired, Navy Four-Star General William H. McRaven states than making your bed sets you up for success. McRaven even wrote a book on this topic titled Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life… And Maybe the World. He explains that making your bed every day can have excellent benefits on our mental health.
Once we have made our bed, we have set ourselves up for success because we have already accomplished one task for the day. Completing this simple task motivates our brain for more success and accomplishments throughout the day. According to research, other mental health benefits for individuals who make their bed daily include better sleep, a calmer and clearer outlook, and an organized mind. Implementing this daily routine has helped me tremendously.
Next, creating a schedule is highly beneficial. Create a daily or weekly schedule to keep track of your work and personal tasks. Your schedule can be handwritten or created electronically. Incorporating structure into your day can be beneficial for remaining positive and keeping yourself aligned with your goals and tasks. Carve out time for your family and friends. Schedule time to meet a friend for a cup of coffee or catch a movie on the weekend with a loved one. Spending time with friends and family can reduce stress and nurtures positive behaviors. Meeting with friends and family allows us to vent about our worries which is comforting.
Finally, one of my other favorite strategies to keep a positive mindset is some form of exercise. Exercising has been researched to make individuals happier by fighting anxiety, stress, and even depression. Incorporating some type of physical activity into your daily routine can help with weight loss. Gaining extra pounds has been an issue for individuals dealing with the stresses associated with the pandemic. Lastly, exercising is beneficial for building and maintaining strong muscles and bones over time. Incorporating these three tips will surely benefit you in maintaining a positive mindset.
Jasmin Grabowski has a passion for people and serving others. With a background in teaching, she provides her expertise on the Regional team as a College Navigator for http://www.wrksolutions.com Workforce Solutions. She is a graduate of Texas State University where she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in German. She also obtained her Job Coach certification from University of North Texas Workplace Inclusion and Sustainable Employment Program in 2019. Jasmin recently worked with Summer Earn and Learn Program 2019, initiated by the mayor of Houston to provide summer employment for youth. Her goal is to continue supporting her community by helping adults and students reach their fullest potential.