In the past 2 months, we all have been struggling with a reality that is undeniably difficult. The Coronavirus has turned our world literally upside down and everything we know has changed and will never be the same again. 

Some people have lost jobs, loved ones, freedom. Parents are now also teachers. Some essential workers like grocery & restaurant employees have added work safety concerns to their jobs. We are all adapting to this fluid situation and change sometimes can be stressful even if you're the most positive person. We're only human. 

Here are 5 ways you can explore to stay positive when you find yourself needing some positive energy.  

Because the situation we're in right now is so unfamiliar to us, it is understandable that your mind might think of all different types of scenarios when we emerge from the lock down. From your job status, to financial situation, to day-to-day activities in general, we can think of a lot of worst-case scenarios and get trapped in our thoughts. Stay focus and live in the moment. As the saying goes "Change is the only constant in life", any outcome you envision can and will change. Overwhelming yourself in these unpredictable situations can drain your energy. Take charge of your current situation and put your energy on what you can do, right now, to make it work for you. 

Shifting your perspective when you're in a difficult situation can allow you to see outside your box. Ask yourself "What is another way to look at this that is more empowering? What opportunities can you see in this situation?". Now that you've explored other ways to look at things, how true do you believe in your original view? Can your move towards the more empowering perspective and make that your new vision?

Journaling makes us really think about what we want to say. I know, you're telling me right now that you think about things ALL the time in your mind. Why do I need to write it down? When you are writing, you have to think about your thoughts and feelings. Sometimes you might discover your beliefs actually do not make sense. Or you connect your thoughts to your feelings and where they are coming from. Once you've documented your life in your journal, you'll start to notice behavioural patterns. Regardless if it is good or bad, you can use this new finding to navigate where you want to go in life. By only thinking about it in your mind, it stays in your mind. Eliminating false beliefs and checking in and see where you are emotionally, mentally, physically can help you connect deeper with yourself. 

When you're stress, your body physically tenses up. You clench your jaw, your eye brows scowling, your shoulders tighten up, your breathing is rapid and don't forget your mind is literally running laps in your head. Meditation encourages you to be present and become more aware of your body.  Because you are focusing on the very moment, it helps centre you. It's like a reset button. Whatever you were thinking or feeling before, will now be in a distance while you're meditating. 

Now, I know meditation isn't for everyone, or for every situation. Sometimes when you're stressed or overwhelmed, you have all these energy inside of you and it doesn't seem feasible to sit down and close your eyes and meditate. This is where exercising can help you release that pent up energy. Pick an exercise that requires you to focus and allows you to release the excess energy. Also, your brain releases endorphins when you exercise, which is like a natural pain killer. How amazing is it that you get to feel good while freeing yourself from those negative energy. 
These techniques can collectively help you feel more positive if you practice these consistently. Try them out for a few weeks and see which ones work for what you're currently going through. Something that worked for you in the past might not work for the current situation. Set up a consultation with me and see how you can further increase your positivity with everything you do.