Learning To Stay Positive in Tough Times
you tend to see the glass as half full or half empty? Well, your answer will
clearly indicate your optimistic or pessimistic outlook on life.
"Most folks are
about as happy as they make up their minds to be." - Abraham Lincoln
the recent pandemic situation and the economy meltdown, even though it may be
difficult that we stay positive for the wellbeing of our families, companies, relationships,
and our own peace of mind.
wondered why few people who went through extreme tragic situations only to come
out the other side stronger while few others fell apart and could not cope?
To get the answer, we need to understand the theory of positive
disintegration. According to the developer of this theory, Kazimierz
Dąbrowski, human beings can only evolve when they face adversity which forced
them to reform their self-concept.
when the tragedy strikes and it drains us of our hope, energy and confidence is
when we are at our greatest potential for growth. Most successful people had,
at one point, an adversity in their lives that acted as a stimulant.
Indubitably that is not a common phenomenon with everybody else. We all
react to the pain and crisis in a different way and it is natural; few of us
keep their calm and start thinking of ways to resolve their problems whereas
the rest give in to the pressure and break down.
is no cheat sheet for this unfortunately. However, there are few things that
might help us to stay positive:
- Never ignore the feeling of
disappointment or sadness; it is very important to address those in order
to able to grow from them
- Meditation or relaxation
exercises can be helpful, it gives the space and clarity to organize our
- Focus on the positives—Yes, we
can train our mind to see the positive in every bad situation. You will be
surprised at the calmness you would feel while listing the positive things
- Reach out—We are not alone in
the crisis and few people must have seen worse. Talk to them, listen and
you will surely get inspired
- Gratitude—Appreciate the good
things in you, others, the nature and the life you have been given.
Adversity can remind us that while things may be tough, we have so many
blessings such as health, a job, a place to live, people who love us, and
- Nature therapy—Being stuck
inside four walls working can be exhausting and depressing which is why
spending some time on your favorite outdoor activity can do wonders. A
simple walk on the terrace, watching the sunrise from your balcony and
feeling the wind in your air can clear your mind
to reiterate, it is not humanly possible for all of us to be happy, positive
and optimistic in times of crisis however if we can make these small changes in
our way of living, it will bring the transformation. Lastly, I will leave
you with this famous quote:
“You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.”
Client Manager, Ascend Athena