In today’s times of despair and ambiguity, it is harder to keep your calm and encourage oneself to be positively charged and enthused for the day! With work from home scenarios, there is very little time left to do things that keep us joyful and balanced in the day. Without moments of tranquility and clarity in your days, it is easy to go the full day with no inner peace.
Finding that pretty nook at your home or that little hour by the window could help you in these challenging times. For many it is a rare moment of celebration where one would dive deeper to find better purpose to your day or life. Some find greater peace in chanting mantras or offering prayers or simply let silence speak and overrule the inner chaos.
Studies have shown that inspiring words have proven their mettle against challenging times and have tamed even the murkiest storms. A 2015 study by Brain and Behavior confirmed that repeating the positive words or phrases puts the most distracted thought to rest. Many decades of research have shown that positive words build in positive vibes around you and encourages your brain to respond. Touché, mind over matter always works!
While one would await a positive stroke from a mentor or a guardian, one could easily pen down a list of encouragement words that helps you to go through these turbulent days of the pandemic day on day. These words could act as handy helpers on low days or for that matter, every day to let you see the sunshine.
This belief will enthuse you to wake to a new morning even in the darkest Covid days. It will add purpose to your presence in your days than loathing on many mundane happenings. In these ‘new normal’ days, each day can add a sense of monotony to your day as each day looks similar to other. One could easily get lost in completing house errands or fulfilling the work from home deliverables or simply getting other miscellaneous activities done. An iota of newness to each day will spark your inner self and add a level of enthusiasm to kickstart each day even in these times.
With each passing day, you will see multiple forces of people and situations that will pull your attention and might. That every member in the family is battling with their individual odds, a lot of rules will need quick changes. These lopsided changes can put you against the wall however, the most logical response to bring equilibrium to your core is to flow like water. It is always better to feel your presence than making your presence felt in claustrophobic ways! Being aware of these ever-changing situations around you will help you to take first step to accepting change.
Life, in its own ways, is a mean teacher who has brought complexities and have knocked you down every now and then. Illnesses, emergencies, failures, loss, self-doubt are simply the stations of life where you land up without making a choice. However, how you respond to it has always been your choice that has made you come out of with flying colors. Likewise, Covid19 and the resulting lockdown is simply yet another station that you have landed upon. How you respond to it will define whether you perform or perish in its aftermath. As your mother said always, this phase will pass too!
There are ten reasons why you may curse your day and your life today… However, there are more than ten reasons why you may be thankful to the same life! In these unprecedented times, you may see more suffering and grief around than what you could ever imagine. With rare and dire illnesses rising day by day, one could only be grateful to have one’s feet up on the ground every morning. In this pandemic, we should only count our blessings to be alive and safe at our homes even if we are bored to the bone!
The pandemic has turned many lives upside down. It has brought changes in the economy, social relationships, health, lifestyle, employment and more… The magnitude of this pandemic can scare even the strongest and the meanest of the hearts and may seem to have fully controlled your life today. However, then and now, your life can be only controlled by through your thoughts, actions and habits. How you spend your days or thrive through is only dependent on your choices that you make. And the best choice that you can make is to believe that you are the anchor of your life.
Have you seen a butterfly growing straight out of a cocoon? Not really…Nature disposes such earthshaking changes in the lifecycle of every living thing just like a caterpillar who has to go through plethora of changes and make many iterations to the cocoon to become a butterfly! Caterpillar is equipped with complex capabilities by nature to undergo such transformation. Now let us turn the pointer to us… in these Covid times, we have seen multiple changes in good light and bad light too. They have either hounded us or have evolved us. While for few, health indicators have taken a toll but for many, their learning indicators have evolved with online learning opportunities. Students across the world do not have to step out to satisfy their learning needs due to online learning opportunities and digital platforms available at a finger click. For a working professional, work from home options have evolved in these last 7 months, all thanks to virtual meeting platforms. Where Covid has shattered homes and lives, it has also opened new learning opportunities for the world to connect and evolve. As much as change is troublesome, it is inevitable. Seeing the silver lining will only aid your effort to not only beat it but evolve from it. So, be the Covid caterpillars!
Extensive studies in behavioral sciences have shown that repeated expressions of encouragement reinforce self-belief and positivity in a far more mindful way. You may also write these sentences on your screensaver of your phone or workstation or around your house to act as a constant positive trigger to cope up with these difficult times. Historians and mythical science have proven that life has been constantly changing with alternating positive and negative experiences. While these colossal waves of troubled times could have never been imagined or forecasted, your outlook and choices will help you to live mindfully.
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