Can you train yourself to be more optimistic?
In this current pandemic you may ask? With so much depressing news filtering in to our living rooms these days, the general mood of society is one of despair and sadness. Lockdowns restricting where we can go, and social distancing in place preventing us from human contact that we seek.
If you want to change the way that you feel, try and learn one of, or all of the following:
Widen your possibilities.
Whenever you catch yourself expecting a catastrophe, stop. That is only one possibility. Imagine two other outcomes, one with neutral and one with positive consequences.
Sleep on good times.
We’re most likely to remember what we think about just before falling asleep. Keep a notebook by your bed. Before turning off the lights, write down the 3 most enjoyable moments of your day, and something you are looking forward to tomorrow.
Imagine your best self.
What are you like when in a place you are happy or enjoying an event. Imagine the feelings you get when such a time occurs, and close your eyes, to drift back to these times. Try this exercise for 5 minutes each evening after your main meal.
Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.