The Covid-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt to a new and terrifying way of life. It’s reasonable to feel anxious, depressed, or other forms of mental anguish, such as a lack of motivation, in the midst of an unparalleled global health catastrophe.

‘Positive thinking,’ according to research, can help you improve your mental health. Positive thinking is all about having the correct skills to help you tackle scary situations or thoughts in life. Taking care of your mental health and being kind to yourself has never been more vital.

Brain and body are linked

The Queensland University study has shown a connection between positive thinking and the immune system. UQ researchers studied 50 adults between the ages of 65 and 90 over a two-year period. A series of positive and negative photographs were presented to the participants, to be remembered later. Those who remembered more positive images were more powerful than those who remembered them. Findings indicate that two inefficaciously connected systems have a positive feedback loop between immune health and mental health. In one-off cases of incidental illness, the effects of optimism on immunity are strong.

How to manage and tolerate uncertainty?

Given the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, it is natural to panic or simply lose momentum. Maintaining normality is very difficult due to the stress, anxiety, and financial hardship that most people suffer from the pandemic. It is important to learn to tolerate uncertainty, but what tools can we use to do this if we are inside?


The key step to tolerate insecurity is to face it straightforward. Much of the destructive effect of anxiety is because it is not recognised and is instead buried. Resilience is a behaviour you can learn by practice, not a character trait but a skill. A way of building resilience is by writing down anxieties.


Concentrating on gratitude is another helpful way to counterbalance anxiety. Paradoxically it makes us less likely to learn and grow aspiring to perfection. Gratitude is not always about counting your blessings but also about managing and facing challenges. Practicing gratitude can have positive effects on your physical and mental health.


Fear, stress, and panic are often the answer to a fear that makes you feel uncontrolled. In the context of a global pandemic, such feelings are fully understandable.

One way to deal with this overwhelming fear is by focusing on what you can control and acknowledging that things outside your control will not benefit you if you worry about them excessively.