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Staying Positive in Uncertain Times

It’s normal to feel worried when there are so many unknowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To remain upbeat during these stressful times, here are practices you and your loved ones can apply in your daily routines to feel optimistic about what the future holds.

  • Be Mindful. Use social media to keep up with loved ones but stay away from news that might be untrue or upset you. Try spending more time on direct messaging with your friends and family and less time just reading your feed. Don’t scroll – connect!
  • Maximize Self Care. We’re better at handling stress when we take time out to care for ourselves. A great way to do this is to plan and create a list of things that make you happy. You could relax outside, dance, or read a good book.
  • Look For Silver Lining. It sounds like a cliché, but when you’re feeling bad, finding a good side to your situation can help. When you feel upset, really think through what’s bothering you. In many cases, you’ll see the problem in a new light. For example, instead of saying “I am tired of sitting at home” say instead “I am happy to be home and safe.” By viewing a stressful situation in a positive light you are thinking about it in a way that makes you feel less stressed.
  • Establish Routine. Creating a routine helps us feel safe and secure. We know what to expect out of life when we organize our days. Try making a list of what you do every day. Plan your most important tasks first. You can slip in the others after. Don’t block out your whole day, though. Life is unpredictable! Leave open time in your schedule to keep things running smoothly.

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