15 Ways to Stay Positive During Trying Times

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“Balance begins with the Breath. Taking in and letting go are the primal rhythms of life. Breathing in you find inspiration; breathing out you find release.”  — Dan Millman

In light of our current worldwide challenges, I thought we would take a break from the nuts-and-bolts of copywriting this week and focus on some ways to stay positive during these tough times — and really, for any time.

Life is fickle, after all. As wonderfully exhilarating as it can be, it can also bring crushing stress and negativity — and the current global pandemic certainly increases those things.

With that being said, it is more important than ever to sharpen our coping skills and learn new ways to keep hold of our balance.

If you let challenges take control, you’ll become prone to slipping into a negative frame of mind. It happens to everyone at one point or another when problems and challenges mount up.

But by choosing where you put your focus, you’ll give yourself the opportunity to change your outlook and improve your frame of mind. You’ll learn to acknowledge your blessings and shift your mood to make better, more positive choices.

With that in mind, here are 15 simple suggestions you can integrate into your life on a daily basis that will help you to stay positive and focused.

1) Breathe and visualize — Deep breaths bring fresh oxygen into your lungs and brain. Take some time each day to sit quietly by yourself and simply focus on the mechanics of breathing in and out. Inhale deeply through your nose and fill your lungs and belly with air as you slowly count to four. Hold your breath for another four-count, then slowly exhale through your mouth and push the air out while again counting to four. Pause for another four-count and then start the process again. Visualize the air coming in and out and rejuvenating your body.

2) Let go of negative thoughts — Negative thoughts have a way of spiraling out of control. They sneak in, and then before we know it, we’re holding on to them… or maybe better put, they have a hold on us. It’s hard to avoid negative thoughts with all the negative news and images we’re bombarded with these days, but you can choose to let go of them.

In your mind’s eye, give yourself permission to let them go. Visualize your negative thoughts as something transient and let them drift out of sight.

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John Torre

I reside in North Brunswick, NJ, with my wife, Lynn, and daughters Kasey, Jaclyn, and Shelly. We also have a 110 pound, lovable Rottie named Leo that keeps us on our toes! When we're not hard at work we enjoy spending weekends at our bungalow down the Jersey shore, or take extended trips to Walt Disney World as members of the Disney Vacation Club. For kicks, I draw on my dominant "right-brain" and play guitar in classic rock and blues bands, act for local plays and independent productions, and enjoy writing creative fiction. I'm a published author in short fiction and stage plays and a graduate of a local community college's Commercial Writer's Certificate Program. After graduating from the program I was selected as an instructor and taught "Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror" writing for 8 years. I enjoy many fine relationships I made with my students to this day.

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