How to keep a positive mindset during stressful times

 A mature couple watching their children and grandchildren as they all walk through a field.

Your phone dings. Another news alert. Do you reach for your phone immediately? In a survey of Canadians by Statistics Canada, just over half of participants (52%) reported that their mental health declined over the course of the pandemic. Of those respondents, two of every five (41%) reported that they experienced high stress. It’s tempting to stay connected 24/7, but sometimes the best thing you can do for your health - and financial strategy - is tune it out. Here are some tips to stay positive.

  • Turn off the news. Allow yourself just one hour of news time each day, preferably in the middle of the day to ensure you don’t start or end your day anxious.
  • Focus on the positive. List the things you’re grateful for. It could be as simple as being thankful for the roof over your head or a smile from a stranger.
  • Get physical. Physical activity is just as healthy for your mind as it is for your body. Going for a walk or doing stretches can help keep your mind and body at their best.
  • Connect with family and friends. A strong support system is important in both good and challenging times. Call or send a text to someone you haven’t talked to in a while. If your family is spread out, use digital apps to connect.
  • Stick to a schedule. When you’re stressed, it can take a toll on your sleep. Keeping a consistent routine can help. Get up and go to bed at the same times each day. Know your stress triggers and pay attention when they flare up.

While it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the world, focusing on bad news won’t help your financial strategy or health. Remember, you’re in it for the long term.