staying positiveStaying positive is not always easy to do, especially during difficult times. These days can definitely be considered difficult times for everyone all around the globe. This pandemic is touching so many lives in so many ways. Unfortunately for most, in negative ways.

Our new normal is evolving on a daily basis.  No one really knows how our lives will change in the long-term, or short-term for that matter. The uncertainty of what the future holds is causing stress and anxiety for everyone. Staying positive is becoming quite a challenge.

We are bombarded with information related to the corona virus – what to do, what not to do, and numbers of those known to be infected and those that have died. Living in the digital age helps us to stay informed, but also provides information overload.

Those that can work from home are doing that. The directive to stay at home if you can, is essential to stop the spread of this virus. Having said that, the way we now live our lives is drastically different. Staying calm to deal with things as they materialize is important to keep our sanity in check.

Many people are concerned that they may end up catching the virus. Many are scared that they won’t be able to find food and essential supplies. Those that have been laid off, or lost their jobs have an additional concern of not being able to provide for their families.

Staying positive under these circumstances is a challenge, but not impossible. Read on for ideas you can implement today to stay positive and keep your sanity in check!

Count your blessings

In the midst of chaos there is always something to be grateful for.  Keeping a gratitude journal is a good way to stay positive.  Every day, write down at least 10 things that you are grateful for.  This action will move your mindset from the negative to the positive.

Turn a negative into a positive by helping

Search the internet for the good things that people are doing in your community and around the world to help. Learn how you can help. There are ways to support this effort while staying at home.  I heard of one woman that is making masks at home and sending them to medical professionals due to the shortage.

Even if you aren’t able to do a lot, a small gesture can make a big difference in someone’s life.  Check on an elderly neighbor to see if they are well and need anything.  Bring food & supplies to a neighborhood care pantry. If you don’t know, these are small, stand-alone wooden boxes that contain donations of non-perishable food items for those in need.

Stay away from information overload

Everyone needs to stay informed but not overloaded. Put a limit on the amount of information regarding the current state of the virus, that you consume daily.  If that means reading the headlines in the morning, then turning off notifications, then do that.

Use your coping mechanisms

Everyone has, or should have coping mechanisms to deal with stress.  They may be different for everyone. Exercise, meditation, a relaxing bubble bath, a funny movie or reading a good book are some things to try if you don’t already have some in your arsenal.

How are you staying positive in these difficult times?