Senior man with headphonesImagine turning on the TV and flipping through channels to find another report of more gloom. Well, that is precisely what is happening in the world today. The worldwide pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus has created a crisis that has crashed our stock markets and quarantined our cities. Feeling scared and vulnerable during these uncertain times is normal. This downturn in our norms of living has the power to bring the spirits of the most positive friend you know down. However, focusing on these thoughts will only create more negativity, which is the last thing any of us need. Instead, let us unite as a community and use our wisdom to practice and be examples of positivity.

Here are a few things you can do to counteract some of that negativity:

  • Avoid media consumption—pick a certain amount of time per week to update yourself and stick to it
  • Practice gratitude or meditate
  • Send happy letters or emails to your friends and family
  • Help your neighbor by checking in on them (but keep a minimum of six feet distance)
  • Watch funny movies or videos online
  • Support a charity that is helping those most affected through a small donation
  • Listen to music that makes you happy
  • Clean your space (great for physical and mental hygiene)
  • Stay active by going on a light jog or practicing yoga indoors
  • Use your new-found time to finish old projects or start new hobbies

There are many ways to practice positivity. Focus on one of these each day to challenge your negative thinking. By not focusing on all the gloom happening around us, we can create a happy mindset. Use these tips as a remedy for pessimism and carry on with perseverance. Stay positive and keep your heart light; we will get through this.

Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, stay away from crowded areas or places. These guidelines were provided by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no need to panic but stay informed.

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