Get Outside Yourself
As the pandemic continues, so does lockdown and collective anxiety.
Many lost their jobs, businesses and family members.
Many are battling mental health issues.
Many of us took time over the past few months to regroup and recharge.
Many of us chose or were forced to pivot and start something new.
Many of us are finally getting a grip on the new "normal" and realizing that post-pandemic world will be very different.
What unites us all is the fact that all of us are trying to do our best. All of us are in this together and none of us know exactly what to do and how to act during this pandemic.
As divisive as this pandemic is, people are looking to connect with one another more than ever before. Self-isolation and lockdown, in a way, helped many people to reconnected with their passions and purpose. It also helped people to recognize what matters most and focus on that.
It's understandable that not everyone feels the same way hopeful and requires support through this process. There are a few ways to cope with negative circumstances, and one of the best ones is to shift your mindset. However, searching for silver linings in every situation can get tiring over time.
So another great way to get into the positive mindset is to get outside yourself and instead of looking inward, start looking at the world around you.
In the midst of a global disaster, it is not easy to shift into positivity and maintain that frequency. So starting with gratitude is key. Every day when you wake up, list three things you are grateful for.
After a while this practice will become a routine and you will start noticing the things you used to not even pay attention to before. That's how you know you are ready to channel that gratitude into action and help others on their journey through this crisis.
As you recognize you have enough, it's time to share that energy with others. Even if you don't think you are ready, kick start the process by getting outside yourself and contributing yourself to a greater purpose.
Giving more without expectations is the secret of a happy life. The more you give, the better your life gets. It's that simple.
As you give, psychologically, your mind will shift into the realm of abundance - if you are able to give, you are wealthy. And, in many ways, you are extremely wealthy already.
The act of giving can be performed in many ways too. You can give financially, mentally, and emotionally. You can contribute your time, your efforts and your thought leadership. And the more you give, the better you will feel.
When you give without expecting anything in return, you release joy. The feeling of joy is actually oxytocin being released through your body. This hormone is called "love hormone" for a reason as it is released when people hug, bond or interact socially. It promotes well-being and helps reduce anxiety. And it's no surprise that it provides a great way to get your mind and body filled with positive energy. Once you are on a frequency of love, the more you give, the better things get. You create a cycle fuelled with positive actions. Your actions will promote more progress, which in turn will produce more joy, more oxytocin, and more actions of the same nature to continue the cycle.
We all want to feel valued, understood and connected. But we often forget to make others feel that way and instead expect them to give us what we want without providing anything in return.
The best recipe for connecting with others is listening. As you focus on just listening to the other person, you will be able to understand them better and maybe even help.
You have to be willing to give your time, energy and focus first. But don't worry, you will get your rewards. As you shift your focus from your own personal issues, your mind will get a much needed break and helping others is a good way to calm your anxiety, reduce stress and find fulfillment.
Global lockdown presents a great opportunity to get involved and help others.
Passive empathy is not good enough these days and you should find an active way to contribute to something larger than yourself.
The usual excuses of full schedules no longer exist and you can get involved with ease from the comfort of your own home. It doesn't have to be a specific charity organization, it can be your neighbour or your social media community.
It can be you sharing your passion, teaching a class or advocating for a cause. You can be raising awareness or amplifying other people's voices and actions. These days there are a lot of different ways to get involved. You just need to have the desire to do so. And if nothing else convinces you, just remember, by helping others you are really helping yourself. If all of us focused on doing just that, the world would get better faster.