Hello, my name is Ella Green and I study Psychology here at the University of Chester.
2020 has been a testing time for many people: physically and mentally. During my lockdown experience I knew I had to create a focus, some sort of routine, to help maintain my physical and mental health. Physically, I exercised every day which in return, my body released plenty of endorphins to help keep me going. Mentally, I started to learn about positivity and how I can change my mindset for the better. I slowly started to implement what I had learned into my day-to-day life and now I am here, writing this, to hopefully help you do the same!
I am still on my journey to becoming more positive as occasionally I slip into old habits, but some good advice to live by is to stop constantly searching for all the highs in life and trying to avoid all the lows. Find your inner calm within the middle.
Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s troubles. Worrying can leave you feeling anxious and apprehensive which isn’t very nice. Let go of worrying about things you have no control over, engage in problem solving, acknowledge your fears and reframe unrealistic thoughts.
Diet can also impact your mental health; improving your food will certainly boost your mood. Personally, I find that when I maintain a balanced diet I feel better mentally. It’s like a snowball effect: I eat well, I feel more positive, I efficiently get more daily tasks done, I then feel more accomplished and motivated to carry on the next day.
When was the last time you were alone with your thoughts? Being alone with your thoughts isn’t always a bad thing. Solitude allows your brain to unwind and can help you concentrate. It can help you to discover yourself and help you to determine what you really want from life. An example which I partake in is getting up just 30 minutes earlier most mornings and practicing self-care. Whether this be reading a positive book, stretching, having a little pamper or working out. Schedule time in for yourself.
Perhaps you find you are struggling in life; this does not mean you are failing. Refrain from aiming negative words and thoughts towards yourself and others. You cannot live a positive life with a negative mindset. Take time out from your fast-paced life, be kind to yourself, accept that you are learning and doing well to better yourself. Learning to become more positive does not happen overnight, it’s a process where you have to make a conscious effort in changing the way that you think. Ways in which I started to learn about this process was by following the hashtags on Instagram: #positivity #positivemindset #mindfullness #mindfulliving. There are some great posts/accounts and websites out there which display many useful tips.
Thank you so much for reading my article. I hope this has helped you in some way and you enjoyed reading it. Please see the below link for further help with regards to mental health, finding advice and helping others. https://www.mind.org.uk/?gclid=CjwKCAjw5Kv7BRBSEiwAXGDElTa21y6ejg393_AJiu9nD7MLlExL7CJj_0bvUIkjs8l0Wd715r6ZLBoCY-8QAvD_BwE