Maintaining Thankfulness During Pandemic

Maintaining Thankfulness During Pandemic

The pandemic has been a life-altering event for all of us in some way. It can be difficult to be thankful during challenging times. When we are under a lot of stress, we tend to focus on all the things going wrong instead of the things that are going right. This is a natural response. Reprogramming your mind to see the positive and be thankful during times of hardship can adjust your outlook. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Even one positive in your life is enough to fight for. Practicing gratitude in your daily routine has been shown to decrease the likelihood of depression creeping into your life.

In our current times, dealing with a global pandemic can be extremely challenging and it can be hard to stay positive. Our future is so unknown, that it makes sense that we would have a hard time thinking of things we are thankful for. But there are always things to be thankful for. No matter how small they are, reminding yourself of what you do have can make the biggest difference.

Gives you time to slow down

One reason to be thankful for the season that our world is in is that we have been given one of the rare gifts of all - time. The pandemic has forced most of us to either stop working, transition to working from home, or to spend more time at home. This may seem like something negative at first, but what about all the things this extra time allows you to do? You can develop new hobbies, discover new interests, focus more energy on your core relationships, and focus on taking care of yourself and your mental health.

We all know that our mental health is extremely important. But we may not always give our mental health care the attention it needs. This might not be on purpose, but it can be easy to neglect our own needs when the world demands so much of us in our daily lives.

By adjusting your mindset to see the positives during this uncertain time, you may be able to really appreciate the way that the world has slowed down.

Gives you chance to appreciate what you have

In our busy day-to-day lives, it can be easy for us to look past all of the wonderful things we have in our lives. This could be your friends, your family, your job, your home, or your pets. We sometimes forget to appreciate things we experience on a daily basis. Living through a global pandemic does slow down the pace of our lives, but it also allows us to appreciate the things that we might have taken for granted. 

Reminds you what is really important

Sometimes it can take hardships and difficult times to remind us what is truly important in our lives. Appreciating and being thankful for the positives that are present in your life allows you to look on the bright side of things. It reminds you that things can be difficult, but that does not mean everything is horrible. There is always a silver lining waiting for you to find it. Usually, your silver lining has been right in front of you the whole time. Once you can recognize the wonderful things you have in your life, you can practice gratitude by thanking your higher power or the universe for giving them to you.

What can you do? 

Give Back

If you are in a position where you can give back to your community, doing so can help you feel thankful for the things you do have in your lives. Especially during a global pandemic, there are likely many people who are less fortunate than you are that could benefit from your help or support.

Actively Practice Gratitude

Everyone has probably heard the advice to look at the glass as half full. But this is much easier said than done. Training your mind to focus on the positive things in your life can take a significant amount of time. But once you can do so, it can make the biggest difference in your outlook and the overall well-being of your life. Practicing gratitude or seeing the bright side does not have to be a huge commitment. There are practical ways that you can insert gratitude into your daily routine. For example, you can write down three things you are thankful for each morning before you get ready for the day. Or you can even simply think of three things you are thankful for while brushing your teeth. If you want to take it a step further, you can do this at the end of your day also. This allows you to reflect on the positive things that occurred in your day. Like we mentioned above, it can be extremely easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives.

Our minds are powerful tools that we can use to either help us grow as humans or hinder our growth altogether. It is difficult to rewire your brain to see things in a new way. Changing your outlook or challenging old beliefs takes time and patience. It is important to be gentle with yourself on this journey. The fact that you are trying to make a change at all is a wonderful achievement. Being optimistic and seeing the good in your life will help you to see the good everywhere in the world. This will only lead to more blessings and positive things in your life.

Getting Help

We offer in-person counseling and medication management at our office in Southlake, TX. We also offer online counseling and online medication management throughout Texas, in areas such as Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. We understand that this time can be an incredibly difficult time for those with mental health struggles and we can help support you in whatever way that you need.

Author
Dr. Michael Messina

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