5 Step Plan To Stay Optimistic During The Coronavirus Pandemic
Staying optimistic during a pandemic requires a plan because no matter how positive you are, sooner or later you’ll be sapped of energy and the inconveniences of the current COVID 19 situation will take a toll on you.
With thousands of businesses having gone to the wall, unemployment and suicides are at an all time high.
People have not been able to meet their elderly parents at care facilities because of social distancing measures. Even weddings have been cancelled and funerals have been affected.
All of this is over a virus that doesn’t have a high mortality rate, while no one really knows if any of the measures are effective or necessary.
People have been divided over this issue and it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.
If you’re feeling down and just impatient for life to return to normal, it would be a good idea to follow the 5-step plan below so that you stay optimistic during the pandemic instead of being bogged down by the weight of the current ‘new normal’ situation.
1. Count Your Blessings
This is the first step. No matter how bad things may be or seem to be, practicing gratitude will elevate your thoughts to a higher level. It’s impossible to be unhappy when you’re being grateful.
There are so many things to be grateful for – from your eyesight, to having adequate food and shelter, to having other family members who are in good health.
You will have hundreds of things to be grateful for, if only you take the time to think. Practice writing down 3 things in a journal that you’re grateful for daily. This is a good habit which will serve you well.
2. Cope with Setbacks
The second step is to see how you’re being affected by the pandemic. Has your business slowed down? Maybe your social life has ground to an abrupt halt? Or maybe you can’t work out because the gym is closed?
All these are setbacks which may annoy, aggravate or worry you. Write them all down and for each setback you should try to come up with a way to overcome it.
That might mean pivoting your business during the slowdown. No gym? No problem, work out at home. No social life or relationship? No problem, work on yourself so that you become more attractive to the opposite sex.
Once life returns to normal, you’ll be a head turner and can date all you want.
3. Plan for Success
Now that you know how to overcome these setbacks, you’ll need a course of action for each plan. If you’re going to pivot your business, what exactly will you do? Could you work from home perhaps?
Will you exercise at home? What’s your training routine going to be like? Calisthenics? Running on a treadmill? Home workout videos like P90X and Insanity Max?
Write down the actions you’ll need to take to achieve your goal. These plans for success are crucial.
Visualization is a very powerful tool for lifting your moods and giving you a sense of purpose. Spend some time daily visualizing your best life and how you’ve achieved your goals. Feel them as if you’ve already made your dreams a reality.
By doing so, you’ll help alleviate any negative thoughts or pessimism that you might experience during this trying time. Practice visualization once or twice daily, but don’t force it. You must enjoy the process.
The last and most crucial step of the 5-step plan is to take action by being organised and making your goals a reality. You’ve already written down a list of things to do.
You just need to stick to the plan and get them done. As simple as this sounds, it will be difficult to stay committed.
Do your best to make small improvements gradually so that you can make your bigger dreams come true.
Now, it may seem like the 5-step plan is more like a goal achievement assignment than a way to boost your optimism.
This is true to a certain extent, but like Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.”
If you’re depressed or feeling anxious over the pandemic, trying to force yourself into optimism can be very difficult because your mind is likely to be fixed on those issues.
The best way to address the problem will be to take an analytical approach and get it to focus on other things. In this case, that will be overcoming the setbacks and trying to achieve new goals.
Your focus has changed and the new vision has promise.
This is the key to overcoming the pessimism and negative thoughts, and as your progress you will begin to discover happiness in the pursuit of your new goals. This is how you boost your optimism and stay sane during these tough times.
“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” – Benjamin Disraeli