Covid-19 has turned everyone’s lives upside down. Within a year, this pandemic has not only caused a global economic distress, but also took a toll on us emotionally. Our entire way of living life has changed completely.
I’m sure you guys have already encountered the following famous quote by Charles R. Swindoll: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” I think this kind of attitude can be very helpful during these trying times we are currently dealing with. During stressful situations, we have two choices: It’s either we face difficulty with optimism or we face difficulty with pessimism. Unfortunately, we can’t control what happens to us in life. However, we can choose how we react to something that happens to us. I’m fully aware that it’s easier said than done to “just keep on being positive”. As hard and hopeless this whole situation may seem, I just think that having a negative mentality will just make everything even worse. You can achieve so much more by embracing a positive attitude towards life and its challenges. So of course it’s okay to have a bad day and acknowledge the negative energy you are feeling in that moment. However, never ever forget to look for the silver linings at the end of the day. Personally speaking, I prefer taking the optimistic route and thus, I’d love to share some tips with you guys that have helped me during this pandemic.
- Practice Gratitude
It has helped me a lot to ask myself every morning what I am thankful for in my life. Sometimes, we tend to forget how blessed we actually are and how we take so many little good things for granted.
- Take a Break from Social Media and the News
As much as I wanted to be up to date when it comes to current affairs and the pandemic itself, I realized that it was affecting my mood in such a negative way that I had to take a break from it. Now, I’m limiting my news intake to 10-15 minutes per day.
- Surround Yourself with People Who Lift You Up
Even though we have to practice social distancing, it’s still important to reach out and connect with people. A good chat can lift up your spirits.
I think it’s really crucial to be kind to yourself and engage in activities that help your overall well-being such as exercise, a healthy homemade meal, proper sleep or reading a book. You might even rediscover old hobbies or try out something completely new during this pandemic.
- Try to Take it Step by Step
Throughout my life, I have learned to focus more on my current situation. There’s nothing I can do about the past and it won’t help worrying too much about the future, too. It will just make you feel overwhelmed and insecure. Instead, take your life day by day and focus on what you can do now.