Positive thoughts are important. The news has been a real Debbie downer lately. COVID 19 headlines are everywhere. Honestly, I am so sick of hearing about it, but we have to keep in mind that we cannot ignore it. Whether you may notice it or not, it is taking a toll on your mental health. Now is an important time to focus on self-care and maintaining positive thoughts. Positivity can mean the world in a situation like this. Here are five unique ways to stay positive that you may not have seen in other articles.
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- Read affirmation Cards. I am a huge advocate for affirmation cards. The first time I found out about them was my senior year of high school and my therapist at the time came up with affirmations with me. They were written down on index cards and were used daily by me. Having them made my transition to college much smoother. These are the ones I currently use and highly recommend.
- Chalk the sidewalk. This is a great way to spread positivity to your neighbors and create something. Having a creative outlet can be useful during this time. Create and use your imagination to spread some love. Everyone could use a smile right now. Staying positive can be a huge difference to cope with the weird times.
- Paint a sun and put it on your window. This is definitely a personal favorite. Having the sun on your window can keep you positive even on the rainy and cloudy days. Yellow is the best color in my opinion and always makes me a bit happier. I personally have not tried this, but I am definitely going to soon. Let me know if you do this; I’d love to see a picture. While you’re at it, put a teddy bear in your window too. I’ve read that some parents are taking their kids on “bear hunts” and looking for bears in the windows. It will put a smile on a kids face!
- Think of three things you’re grateful for and write them down each day. Usually, this can be seen during the month of November leading up to Thanksgiving. Let’s bring it back and think of the simple things we are lucky to have. Each day try to pick something different. There is plenty to be grateful for, let’s all remember those things.
- Write letters back and forth to your loved ones. It’s no secret I am a huge fan of snail mail. I’ve even done a collaboration with Lucky Dog Mail Club (where you can use my code to get 10% off!) Writing letters is a way to share thoughts and have a more tangible way of communicating. Don’t get me wrong, I am a huge fan of FaceTime and am so thankful I get to have a call with my boyfriend during this time, but there’s just something I love about holding a letter! Be sure to stay inside and order stamps online, a walk to your mailbox could brighten your day!
These five things might create positive thoughts in your head. Holding onto those thoughts can reduce the chance of a depressive state. Stay connected with loved ones and reach out often. Take care of yourself both mentally and physically. We are all in this together.