Positive thinking during lockdown

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A disorder in reality might lead to an enduring desire for order in thoughts (Held, 2013:220). Since this pandemic is changing our reality as we have discussed in our first blog. We must seek a positive order in thoughts. The uncertainty in this disorder carries fear and unpredictability. While, it is evident that there is a diversity and heterogeneity in individual responses to uncertainty (Honkasalo, 2008:492) we shall try to conquer our fear and channel our motivation to positive thinking.

Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst. Positive thinking often starts with self-talk. Self-talk is the endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you are likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking. Positive thinking has lots of benefits such as increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress, better psychological and physical well-being, better coping skills during hardships and times of stress. Positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.

It's also thought that positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles, get more physical activity and follow a healthier diet. Below is a reflection of two positive thinking echoes.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputInternet
PublisherThe Alliance for Sustainability Leadership in Education
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2020


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