How to Refocus and See Things in a New Way
Tips on getting a new perspective
by Joanne Troppello
Sometimes all you need is a new perspective. Looking at the situation from a different angle may help you to find a way through it that you hadn’t seen before.
In The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In, John Lubbock wrote:
“What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”
I love the statement that though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them. That is so true. We all have our own perspectives—even when it comes to the same things.
Rebooting Your Perspective
Sometimes, our perspective needs a reboot. We may be facing an issue that is extremely difficult and we are finding it hard to make our way through it. Consider the following ways to change your perspective and move through your problems.
1. Take a Time Out
You may find the solution you’re looking for if you take a time out and do something other than focusing solely on your problem. During quarantine life due to COVID-19, many of us are limited in where we can go right now. However, take a walk—while practicing social distancing. Read a few chapters in that new book you’ve been trying to find the time to enjoy.
Listen to an audio book. Binge watch your favorite show on Hulu or Netflix. Just do something different that can give your mind something else to think about.
2. Talk to a Friend
Speaking to a trusted friend or family member can reboot your perspective. They can help you see things in a new light since they’re coming at the problem from a different mindset.
This person can act as a sounding board so you can bounce ideas off them and see what they think about how to resolve the problem. Take advantage of apps like FaceTime on Apple devices or Duo, which is available on both Apple and android. You can’t visit in person right now, but you can video chat and cultivate those connections and get some advice.
3. Seek Out Positivity
Watching the news and scrolling through your social media feed can become depressing. You’ll be bombarded with the negative current events. You can start to feel jealous or depressed when you see how “well” all your “friends” are doing on Facebook.
However, when you make the effort to actually seek out positivity in the world, that can change your perspective. It can help you to refocus your mindset. Check out this listing of positivity apps like No Zero Days and Empty Your Cup.
4. Focus on the End Game
Take the time to focus on the end game—what you are striving to achieve through this perspective reboot. According to an interview in Bustle with certified meditation coach and co-founder of the OMG, Lynne Goldberg:
“We recognize that what we look for is what we tend to see. By widening our lens to the bigger picture, we begin to see things more clearly.”
Remember that the struggle you’re going through will pass. Things won’t always be this difficult. Those sentiments may be a difficult pill to swallow right now—especially with the coronavirus pandemic and economic struggles many are facing. However, you need to try to focus on the good things, even if you must dig deep to find them.
5. Start a Thankfulness Journal
According to a study shared in Happier Human:
“Grateful people report themselves as being less materialist and less envious. Grateful people report being more willing to part with their possessions, more generous with them.”
Start a thankfulness journal to record things that you are grateful for—even in the midst of your struggles.
The more you focus on the good in your life, the easier it will be to see how good you have it—although it may not always seem that way on the surface level.
6. Get More Physical
Start an exercise routine at home to get your endorphins going so you can improve your mood and reboot your focus. Take the time to smile at people you see when going for a walk or walking your dog in the neighborhood.
This may seem surreal right now when you’re out on your weekly grocery run wearing a mask and gloves and encounter others doing the same. I know it felt surreal to me and someone can’t see your smile when you wear a mask. However, they can acknowledge and reciprocate your greeting or nod and courteous attitude.
According to a study by the University of California San Francisco:
“There are 19 different types of smiles and smiling can actually boost your immune system and physical health.”
Get physical to improve your overall health and well-being and reboot your perspective. Check out this listing of free exercise apps as listed in Parade.com.
Reboot Your Mindset Today
Reboot your perspective by taking a time out and speaking with a trusted friend. Seek positivity and focus on the end game to change your focus. Starting a thankfulness journal and getting more physical can have a positive impact on your perspective.
Previously published on Medium.
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.