The current state of the world can raise a full spectrum of emotions. International Women’s Day saw the celebration of the female population, empowering women from all walks of life and igniting a sense of pride and belonging. On the other hand, scenes of conflict between Russia and Ukraine can plunge the human mind into the depths of despair, causing feelings of hopelessness and anguish. When we dwell on such conflicts, it is challenging to imagine how anyone can retain a positive mindset.
Without removing yourself from all aspects of society – ignoring the media, strictly working from home, cancelling social engagements and limiting conversation with others – world events are virtually impossible to escape. However, if we allow tragic events that are out of our control to overcome our emotional threshold, our existence becomes pessimistic. This perpetual negativity is a challenging cycle to break.
By adopting a positive mindset, the abject cruelties of some of today’s affairs do not disappear. Mindset training does not teach you to bury your head in the sand, nor does it require you to imagine that obscenities such as war and genocide are in some way positive. Instead, mindset exercises train the brain to cope with being overwhelmed and give you actionable strategies to deal with rising stress levels.
How To Develop A Positive Mindset
Become Aware Of Your Internal Map Of Reality
We are subjected to outside influences from the moment we are born. Our entire back catalogue of personal experiences, along with our parents, teachers, friends, coworkers and the media, shape our thoughts and beliefs. This complex combination of external inputs creates our ‘Internal Map of Reality’, which acts as our ‘human software’, or operating information for the way in which we live our lives. Every emotion, action and behaviour that we exhibit begins with a thought, meaning that once we become consciously aware of our thinking, we are able to take ownership of our emotions.
Lower Your Threshold
The amount a person suffers is related to the extent in which they are resisting that ‘things are the way they are’. Once we accept external circumstances, no matter how much we dislike them or wish things could be different, feelings of anger, sadness or fear are reduced.
The concept of threshold is closely connected to acceptance. If an individual’s threshold for what they can handle is low, stress levels mount and emotions very quickly become difficult to regulate. Positive mindset exercises seek to encourage acceptance of outside events, thereby raising a person’s threshold and allowing them to better cope with feelings of distress.
See World Events From A New Perspective
Developing a positive mindset does not sugarcoat painful world events, but it can help to process them in a more resourceful way. Where possible, exercises will encourage you to unearth the positive aspects of unwelcome situations, allowing you to view events from a more optimistic perspective. For example, when reflecting on the quality time spent with your family, Covid-19 lockdowns do not seem so awful.
Other mindset exercises attempt to raise your awareness of thought patterns and encourage acceptance. These raise your emotional threshold, allowing you to effectively process and cope with catastrophic world events.
Mindset Coaching With Dr. Jan
If recent world events have caused your emotions to dip or your stress levels to rise, mindset training is the way forward. Dr. Jan C. Wulff is a certified life coach with a background in medicine and years of experience in the self-help field. With his training and support, you can learn to rewire your brain, exchanging negative thought patterns for positive ones.
Seeking professional guidance when attempting to gain a positive mindset is the best way to succeed. Take the first step by booking a Discovery Call with Dr. Jan and look forward to seeing the world through fresh eyes.