Attitude is Everything: How to Stay Positive During COVID-19

Guest post by Brian Buffini, shared by Myra Purkey

Your attitude is your key to success. Maintaining a positive attitude while you and millions of people across the world are in voluntary or enforced isolation is not easy! The potential for stress, loneliness and fear is high while the motivation to challenge those feelings is low.

Since we don’t know what will happen, it’s imperative that we fight to stay present. Instead of zoning out on social media, TV or other vices, let’s tune in and watch our intake, our associations and our affirmations.

Intake is what you read, watch and listen to. If your intake is on the negative side, you’ll likely have a more negative attitude. Remember, garbage in, garbage out.

1. Reduce your exposure to negativity. Seek out positive books, magazines, websites, television shows, movies, music, etc. The more you fill your mind with positive stuff, the better you’ll feel! We are not suggesting that you bury your head in the sand. However, we are suggesting that you look for what’s good in the news and in your relationships. For example, when you hear about a community that is working together to help those in need, lean in and see if you can join (or lead) a similar program where you live.

2. Set a daily goal to be positive! Write it down and support it by reading an uplifting quote, listening to positive music or watching an inspirational movie to wind down.

3. Never stop learning. Learning allows you to grow personally and professionally. If you work or business is slow, use this time to take an online class or start a virtual book club.

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Associations are the people in your life. We’ve all had those friends or acquaintances who seem to dwell on negativity. But life is too short for that. Don’t let someone else’s attitude drag you down.

1. Make a list of people who build you up. Reach out to them (virtually of course!) and let them know you are thinking of them. While you’re at it, let them know why you love their attitude and ask how you can support each other.

2. Seek out positive influences too. Look for people and organizations on social media (don’t forget about LinkedIn) that seem to ooze positivity. Connect with them online and use their content to support your positivity.

3. Seek out role models and mentors. Find role models and mentors who are not only positive, but successful too. Tap into their knowledge (consider FaceTime, Skype, Zoom etc.) and ask them to help you along your journey.

Affirmations are the things that you say to yourself. We are often our own worst critic. Truth is, the things we say to ourselves, we’d never say to others. However, by consciously seeking out positive affirmations, we can silence our inner critic.

1. When you feel discouraged, shift your focus and support others. This act of service is enough to shift your mindset and make you feel positive too!

2. Monitor your self-talk. When you catch in negative thinking, stop! Take a pause and flip the script. When you find one thing positive, it’s easier to find the next, and the next.

3. Tame that tongue. Similar to monitoring your self-talk, mind what you say in general. Words have power—make sure yours uplift instead of tear down.

About Myra Purkey

Myra Purkey is a Realtor with RE/MAX 100 Inc. across Denver and the foothills. She works with families and individuals who are thinking about buying or selling a home and, for over 15 years, has worked by referral with many attorneys in collaborative divorces. Myra’s specialty is providing clients a seamless stress-free buying or selling experience as well as getting them the best value for their investment. Visit Myraone.com, or call 720-254-6776.