Staying Positive During this Pandemic
Life is a crazy ride. The things you least expect to happen can occur in the blink of an eye. Who, in the 21st Century, would have ever expected to be living during a time where a pandemic like COVID-19 could exist? Wedding canceled (will do a full post on this), trips canceled, the way of life, canceled. But in the midst of all of this, I have still found several reasons to stay positive and find happy moments in the darkest of times. Health is wealth. If you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, that is a huge reason to be happy. If you are able to stay at home, that is another positive.
It’s so easy to look at the negatives in situations like this. What is going on in the world right now is truly heartbreaking, earth-shattering.
It took me a few weeks to process everything. I took a much needed social media break, took the time to listen to my mind and body, and within all of this chaos, I truly found peace, serenity, and happiness.
How I’m Staying Positive During this Pandemic
- Limit news intake, but stay informed – I’m the kind of person that becomes almost obsessed with knowing everything on a certain subject. I’ll do tons of research, watch a lot of news and go down this crazy rabbit hole. What has helped me tremendously is not looking at the news every second of every day. I stopped for about a week, and would solely look at a few reputable news sources online. I now watch the news randomly, and primarily look at the numbers on Worldometer.
- Yoga – I tend to turn to yoga a lot when I’m stressed or anxious. I have literally been using the on Demand Core Power Yoga almost every day. The last savasana is all that I need to have a stress free day.
- FaceTime – Facetime with family across the globe has been nice as well. I’ll try to start a Zoom this week, so more of us could join.
- Clean & Organize – Cleaning and organizing have given me a fresh start in my home. I was putting off cleaning out my closet for the longest time and it felt so good to finally accomplish this.
- Puzzles – I have been a big fan of puzzles for a while now. My fiance and I like to do them occasionally. Staying at home means more time to ourselves and more puzzles!
- Start old hobbies again – Now that I have much more time on my hands, it has given me the opportunity to do things that I love, but haven’t made a priority lately. I have started painting and getting lost in books again. Yay!
- Pick up new hobbies – During the increased home time, I have taken on new hobbies; baking, and cooking!
- Spend time with my fiancé – I’m one who loves alone time. I work from home and when I have the house to myself, I am in full bliss. I have been able to be with my fiance 24/7 for the last month and it’s been nice! Morning coffee together, walks with the pup, and Netflix. (yes we watched Tiger King, lol)
- Get vitamin D, go outside – Going outside is so refreshing! It feels so good to get fresh air and some sun on your skin. I go outside a few times a day, primarily to walk our Milo boy.
- Practice gratitude – Last year I was gifted a journal called, The Five Minute Journal, and it focuses your attention on the good in your life. Every day, you write down your daily affirmations, what you are grateful for, what would make today great, and how you could have made the day even better. The journal helps you cultivate gratitude. Three things that I’m grateful for that, I wrote in my journal today are 1. I am able to stay at home, 2. I woke up happy and healthy, 3. It’s a new week.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey