Let’s be real: Staying positive can be tough even in the best of times — and now that we’re in the middle of a , pandemic keeping a cheery (or honestly, even just calm) attitude can seem nearly impossible. Even as a pretty positive person overall (Editor’s note: This is true — sometimes annoyingly so), I’ve found it hard to discover even the smallest silver linings amid reports of rising death troll, the collapse of the economy, and a leader who inquires about injecting disinfectants. (Please don’t do that, by the way!)
* Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including those on social media. It’s good to be informed, but hearing about the pandemic constantly can be upsetting. Consider limiting news to just a couple times a day and disconnecting from phone, tv, and computer screens for a while.
* Connect with your community- or faith-based organizations. While social distancing measures are in place, try connecting online, through social media, or by phone or mail.
* Treat yourself — especially first thing in the morning. A good way to counter this might be to treat yourself to something indulgent when you’re going about your morning routine. start your day off with a positive outlook. You can also opt for a more mindful wake-up by starting your day with a morning meditation.
* Exercise, Physical activity has a huge impact on your psychological well-being. Studies show just 200 minutes of walking each week (about 3.5 hours) can prevent and reduce symptoms of depression.
Of course, right now working out can be a little more complicated than usual. Most gyms are closed. And not everyone can get outside to exercise.
* Practise gratitude, Gratitude has also been linked to a lengthy list of other benefits, ranging from higher self-esteem to better sleep.
And the good news is that it’s one of the fastest and simplest ways to feel better. Whether you write in a gratitude journal, or you share the things you’re grateful for with your family over dinner, becoming more mindful of the good things in life makes you feel better.
And if you want an extra boost in your mood, express gratitude toward someone else.