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How To Stay Positive During The Coronavirus Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging us in ways we could never have predicted; from unprecedented amounts of family time to homeschooling to working remotely — or not working at all. These rapid changes in the way we live, coupled with uncertainty, can at times feel overwhelming.

When the news and the reality surrounding us is all doom and gloom, as it has been since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, it can be really hard for even the most optimistic among us to keep a positive mindset.

Those are unprecedented times in a global scale and it is true that we need to take the virus seriously as its spreading can have serious repercussions that are hard to control.

Obviously, there are things you need to know about the coronavirus outbreak to protect yourself and those around you, but it is fairly easy to get caught on a negative loop. Instead, focus on the positive so that you have the energy and resolve needed to weather this storm.

Here are some things that you can do!

Coronavirus will be crashed!

1. Follow a routine

Maintaining your daily regimen can be really helpful. Continue to get up and get dressed even while staying at home; this will give you a sense of urgency that is needed, as we are used to in our daily busy lives.

Routine helps provide a sense of stability and normalization during unsettling situations, and keeping your goals still visible while showing a way to accomplish them day by day.

Following this practice can not only help you to be more productive but also helps you stay positive and focused.

2. Reflect on your goals and work towards them

During our busy hustle days we often run into auto-mode in order to tick off as much tasks as possible from our to-do list, and we are left with hardly any energy to reflect on our future goals in a more focused manner and also take some time to appreciate how far we have come.

This time during the lockdown everything seems to be at a standstill as the world was forced to reduce its frantic pace and now is good opportunity to make the best use of it.

Learn and improve on new skills!

Utilize your lockdown time to the optimum by working towards your goals. Make a plan and add up to your skills by enhancing or learning new ones in an active manner; now is the time! Gather more knowledge, do some research, read more and follow your plan to accelerate your career skills or personal development.

3. Follow up on your hobby

Most of us have a hobby and been extremely passionate about it. But somewhere between juggling everything and balancing work and personal life, we just seem to not have (or make) enough time to dedicate to our favourite past-time.

Well, why not utilize our quarantine time to brush up on our hobby once again? After all, such a time is indeed a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Spending time doing something that you are passionate about will immensely help you to relax after the day’s work, put your mind at ease for  a while away from problems that need be solved and chores that have to be taken care off, and also help in the creation of happy hormones.

4. Avoid being addicted to the news

It is understandable how important news are during such crucial times, but this can have over-whelming effects. News vendors apart from the idealistic role to provide well… the news, in an objective manner, are also a business after all. Most news channels will be plastered with phrases like “BREAKING NEWS” but that’s just to keep your attention. They’ve gotta make their money too by keeping your eyeballs on the screen.

You could watch 24-hour news channels, listen to dire warnings on the radio, or visit countless websites and be bombarded with the angst of the moment. This is not doing you much good! You have to limit your intake and take control on when you subject yourself to those sources.

Do yourself a favour.

Watch or read the news once a day.

To sum up, it is alright to stay abreast of the current scenario but not let it negatively affect you; so control your intake, avoid mass panic, conspiracy theories and propaganda, use critical thinking and stay positive.

5. Get some exercise

With all the fitness centres shut for safety measures, our fitness regime has taken a back seat. And it is true that whenever a crisis strikes, it’s highly likely that your health drops to the bottom of the priority pile.

During a pandemic, you may even go as far as to think that health maintenance is a luxury rather than a necessity, but this far from the truth. WHO has provided a statement that it is all the more important for us to exercise and focus on our health, both mental and physical.

Our mental, physical and emotional well-being is of utmost importance, especially during times of crisis. Particularly, focusing on the physical aspect by doing exercise is rooted to scientific facts as it’s proven that by exercising, our body releases hormones called endorphins. These endorphins help us to stay happy and positive and keeps all the negative energy at bay. There is a plethora of apps available out there to help you put a daily exercise regime together based on your needs and achieve your goals.

But physical exercise doesn’t have to be a boring chore. Even a half an hour walk in the now much fresher air can have beneficial effects.

Don’t neglect your physical health, adjust your exercise and you will for sure feel the difference in your body as well as in your mood.

6. Meditate

Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. Scholars have found meditation difficult to define, as practices vary both between traditions and within them.

Meditation has been practiced since 1500 BCE antiquity in numerous religious traditions, often as part of the path towards enlightenment and self realization. The earliest records of meditation (Dhyana), come from the Hindu traditions of Vedantism. Since the 19th century, Asian meditative techniques have spread to other cultures where they have also found application in non-spiritual contexts, such as business and health.

Meditation may be used with the aim of reducing stress, anxiety, depression, and pain, and increasing peace, perception, self-concept, and well-being. Meditation is under research to define its possible health (psychological, neurological, and cardiovascular) and other effects.

There is an abundance of apps available that offer Guided Meditation for free. Give it a try!

7. Stay Connected

Despite the fact that the pandemic and the lockdown minimised our physical interactions this does not mean that we should minimise our interactions per se. On the contrary! We were always nagging about how our busy schedule leaves us with little or no time to stay connected with friends and family but now it seems that we can put that extra time in good use!

Find a time during the day to pick up your phone and call up your family and friends. There are also quite a few apps that support video calls – but you have to do it! Add this to your to-do list and keep socializing; by chatting and sharing more you will surely feel better as connecting will keep your spirits high and help you stay on the positive side.

Top Tip: Physical Distancing rather than Social Distancing

While “Social Distancing” is still widely used, it may be sending the wrong message and contributing to social isolation.

Rather than sounding like you have to socially separate from your family and friends, ‘Physical Distancing’ simplifies the concept with the emphasis on keeping a safe 2 m distance away from others”

The World Health Organization (WHO) has started using the phrase “Physical Distancing” instead of “Social Distancing”, acknowledging in a way the negative connotations of the term “Social Distancing”

By naming the national strategy as physical distancing rather than social distancing and emphasizing the need for human connection, we can stay safe from the virus but also hold onto the heightened need we all have for one another right now. Each of us needs an extra dose of being seen and held within our connections during this extraordinary time. Perhaps now, more than ever, we must be intentional about giving our neural pathways for connection a workout.

Social Distancing does not mean being rude, awkward or avoid other people. It means being mindful of the current situation and taking care of yourself and the others.

Physical Distancing rather than Social Distancing
means
Keep your distance but stay close!

Physical Distancing

…and last but not least

Support your favourite local business

The economy has plummeted and this is a reality that adds to the struggle of the pandemic. All kinds of business but especially small to medium ones have had to make hard decisions in order to survive, putting employees in furlough leave or redundancy.

By supporting your favourite local business you can play an important part and help other people stay positive! We can do this together!

By supporting your favourite local business you can play an important part and help other people stay positive! We can do this together!

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