Mind Shifting Tactics to Improve Mental Health in 2022!
Updated: Jan 4
The world was thrown into a state of restlessness in 2020, where our lives suddenly changed completely with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. We had to let go of what we were used to and had to make adjustments to our daily schedules. Many people lost their jobs, fell ill, or had friends and family who were badly hit by the disease. Our social contacts had to be limited, most of us had to go without being able to see family or loved ones for long periods of time and our children had adjust to a world of virtual learning. The lack of certainty and predictability affected and still affects all of us in different ways.
With this blog post, we would like to highlight some strategies of how each one of us can shift their mindset to improve our mental health, to focus on life’s beauty and value, and to make ourselves ready and mentally strong for a successful 2022!
1. Develop a positive outlook – THINK POSITIVE
Our mind, as human beings, is generally programmed to highlight the negative experiences we have and to dwell on them. His can often make a situation seem far worse than it actually is.
Focusing on the positive things in life will not make us forget negative situations but will help us approach them differently. Focusing on the positive things in life will not only improve our overall well-being but also greatly reduce chances of depression and distress. Focusing on the positive things in life will equip us with better coping skill in difficult times and will boost our psychological and physical well-being.
Challenge yourself daily to turn a negative thought into a positive one.
2. Try to see things from a different viewpoint – CHANGE PERSPECTIVE
When we recall negative experiences or negative memories, we tend to feel anxious and stressed. By seeing things from a different viewpoint, we can focus on what we have learnt from the experience, rather than the pain and stress it has caused us.
Take time to find opportunities amidst chaos and difficult situations, learn from your experiences – you will feel much better for it!
Take the time to think back to a difficult situation – take note of what you learnt from it, but also how it made you stronger.
3. Practise solitude – TAKE TIME OUT FOR YOURSELF
We often go a long period of time before we practice solitude and take a step back from the busyness of everyday life. Taking a little bit of time each day away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can work wonders for our mental well-being, though.
Start with allocating half an hour a day to yourself to focus on the things you enjoy without any distractions such as others living with you, social media, work, etc.
You can read a book, listen to music, sip a cup of coffee on your own, write a journal, practise yoga, or whatever you enjoy doing but usually don’t have the time to do.
4. Look for opportunity – IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO START SOMETHING NEW
With every failure and with every unpredictable situation, there is always an option for opportunity. These opportunities may lead to a brighter future, innovation, personal growth and re-invention, or resilience. Opportunities are everywhere. We just have to grab them!
Here are some opportunities we can take away from the coronavirus pandemic:
Lost your job? – Don’t lose hope! You have the opportunity to re-train, find a new challenge or even start your own business.
Children learning remotely? – That’s great! You have the opportunity to spend more time with them.
Restaurants limited in space or closed? – Become your own Michelin Star Chef! You have the opportunity to learn to cook new things.
Social distancing? – Why despair? You have the opportunity to spend more quality time with your family.
Public places closed? – No problem! You have the opportunity to spend your free time with learning a new skill.
What opportunities do you have in your life? Don’t be afraid and grab them!
2022 has arrived and despite the world still being an unpredictable and unrestful place, there is no better time than making some changes for the better in our lives.
Let’s all support each other in being thankful for the things we have and not morn the things we lost while keeping our mindset positive and healthy, no matter what the situation.
We encourage all of you, adults and children alike, to take some time out for self-awareness and self-care so that we can all approach life’s big and little challenges with a healthy mind and a good heart!