Updated: Apr 16, 2020
From the very first moment we open our eyes and wake-up in the morning, we get to choose our perspective...attitude. I've heard it said that attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.To a great extent, we create our day before we even begin the day.
The "New World" is upon us. COVID-19 has changed much about how we are currently living right now. Regardless of what any of us are going though, it’s about choosing: Will I allow this to upset me? Will I choose to make this bad or good? Will I choose to stay or walk away? Will I choose to yell or whisper? Will I choose to bring joy and light or anger and darkness?
I've got a little challenge I want you to try. When you wake-up tomorrow morning try and give yourself a gentle shake, and then try to become truly awake to the day's possibilities. Think about it, each day is filled with numerous possibilities! I've noticed for me, when I do this first thing in the morning, I notice all the goodness hiding in plain sight! Talk about getting my attitude off to a GREAT start!
Sometimes life slams us hard in the gut, dealing us such a devastating blow it literally takes our breath away.
A pandemic hits, a loved one gets ill, we lose our job, money gets real tight, feelings of depression and anxiety overwhelm our better judgment… everything just seems to be going wrong.
So, what can we do when the world around us shatters, and we can’t seem to pick up the pieces?
1. Be patient with the pain you feel. Don’t hide from it, don’t rush to cover it up or fix it immediately. Just start by acknowledging its presence and facing it with courage.
I’m certainly not downplaying the real nature of our present circumstances with COVID-19. The virus is still spreading around the world right now, and we are all facing a very difficult reality. I’m not suggesting we should rejoice at living though this disappointing and painful life experience. But it is absolutely important to consider the impact this event could be having on our behavior.
2. Bring gratitude into your attitude. Many of my high school students will not have a formal graduation ceremony this year. Many will not have a prom. Numerous students will not be playing organized summer sports. Moms and dads have been laid off from their jobs. Again, we are all facing a very difficult reality. However, I refuse to get stuck in depression. I have so much to be grateful for! When I pause and remind myself that happiness is a mindset that can only be designed into the present, my head and my heart are lifted up to an area of joy and peace.
Your turn...I'd love to hear what helpful actions you are doing to stay mentally healthy.