As the quarantine, however severe it currently is for you, wears on, your mindset can turn negative. This is hardly a healthy or effective way to face issues in your life and business. So once again, I’m offering some suggestions to help you keep a positive outlook in the face of challenges.
Joely Simon, an Inc. magazine editorial intern, offers some practical tips for maintaining mental health in the face of challenges.
Central to this discussion, she borrows Eve Lewis Prieto’s definition of mindfulness: The ability to be fully engaged and present with a soft and open mind, or “paying attention on purpose.” She identifies three practices for maintaining mindfulness.
- Identify your feelings. Then express them in writing, even if it’s just listing them. If you find going deeper to be helpful, by all means, do it.
- Talk with others about what’s going on for you and how you feel about it. Of course, invite others to express themselves too. In the pandemic, this may take a bit more effort – make it happen!
- Give yourself a break. If you find exercise to be good therapy, do some, even if it’s just a short walk. I find a half-hour bike ride after a couple of hours work clears my mind.
Joely tells several stories of applications of these methods. I won’t steal her thunder by re-telling them myself. I will relate that, for me, all my deeply ingrained practices of meditation, focused breathing, journaling, etc. have served me very well.
It’s my good fortune to live in rural Argentina, where the effects of the pandemic have been fairly limited for me and my friends (not so for many local people, whose businesses depend on tourism). I also hear horror stories from many in other parts of the world.
However the societal conditions impact you, strive to find ways to focus your mind on important things. There are many things happening that you can’t control. Stewing about them will only keep you from seeing the positives, and paying attention to what you can do to improve your life.
As Napoleon Hill reminds us, every diversity has within it the seed of equal or greater benefit.
Joely’s article is a good guide for being mindful. I hope you read it.