(Last Updated On: November 2, 2021)

With the concern about COVID-19 and civil unrest, it’s understandable that much of Washington, D.C. is on high alert. Not to mention, as more cities take steps towards reopening, people face the decision of whether to remain in quarantine or not. In addition, many people are facing financial hardships due to being laid off during the shutdown. This is all on top of the everyday pressures of life.

Sometimes it seems like you have a laundry list of problems and a fleeting list of solutions. It’s difficult times like these when it’s most important to keep a positive outlook. Continue reading to learn some practical ways to achieve a positive mindset.

Talk to a therapist.

Rarely anything can bring the entire world to a screeching halt or even a rolling stop. Quarantining and social distancing have affected everything from careers to intimate relationships. If COVID-19 has caused you to make stressful adjustments or has brought illness to you or your family, you should speak with a counselor.

Now is a time when your family needs you to be a rock, but you can’t neglect your mental health while trying to be strong for others. Stress can worsen anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, but addressing it may help.

Many people exhibit mental illness symptoms and never recognize them until they start having serious problems at work or relationship issues at home. You don’t want to wait until you lose something or someone important before you seek the help of mental health professionals.

DC therapists understand the pressures of living and trying to maintain a career in the nation’s capital. They can help you work through mental triggers and create a treatment plan as well as strategies to manage your mental health.

Due to COVID-19 guidance and health regulation best practices, many therapists are now offering online therapy. So don’t let quarantine prevent you from finding a counselor or family therapist who can help you navigate your mental issues.

Fix what you can, and be at peace with what’s out of your hands.

Anyone can spot a problem, but focusing on solutions is more productive and better for your mindset. It’s easy to tally up all of the ways the world is coming at you and create a narrative of victimhood. If you want to feel more positive, you have to start finding solutions to those problems.

If you’re not satisfied with your body, then do something about it. Change the way you eat and hit the gym. Consult a nutritionist and get yourself and a personal trainer, and start changing what you see when you look in the mirror.

If you don’t like your current job, there are plenty of opportunities in the D.C. area ripe for the picking. Go back to school and get the necessary degrees or certifications to open up doors in a field that piques your interest. Go ahead and start the business you’ve wanted to start for the past decade. Grab your career and financial future by the horns.

Whatever issues weigh you down, spend some time thinking of solutions for them rather than on the problems themselves. Things tend to work themselves out when you get proactive. When you encounter an issue whose solution is beyond you, resolve yourself to let it be—but don’t stress over it.

Get a massage.

As COVID-19 guidance allows for the District’s response to relax, specialized health care facilities will begin to reopen. When that happens, you should consider booking an appointment with a massage therapist. Getting a massage is one of the best ways to relieve stress and promote a positive mindset.

Massage therapists may have to have their clients sign waivers to protect their licenses when they reopen, but don’t let that scare you. Massage and physical therapists alike will implement the best practices to keep their facilities clean and their clients safe from COVID-19.

During these trying times, you must do all that you can to maintain a positive attitude. If you feel yourself getting stressed out, you should talk with a counselor, take action against your issues, and treat yourself to a relaxing massage.

A senior academic researcher, reviewer, and editor, Dr. Declan Pouros is also an internationally accredited psychotherapist. He earned his PhD in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, and in the years since, he has taught in the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance himself.He has also authored papers that have gone on to appear in such world-renowned journals as the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Psychological Reports, the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Asia Pacific Psychiatry, and Computers in Human Behaviour.

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