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7 Tips to Stay Positive during COVID-19

7 Tips to Stay Positive during COVID-19

7 Tips to Stay Positive during COVID-19

Good morning, lovely YOU!

I am sitting here with my big mug of tea, watching little ZuZu sleep. Being a cat, ZuZu has no idea about the Coronavirus. There she lies without a care, knowing that when she awakens, she will have treats and toys and all will be well in her world. I do believe she senses that the energy has changed because she is more snuggly and cries far more than usual.

Not many of us are feeling so relaxed these days. You can’t turn on the radio or TV or check your Facebook page without catching a bit of doom and gloom news.

The truth is, the stress and anxiety of this pandemic can be far more unhealthy for most people than the actual Coronavirus itself. It’s crucial that we all take care of ourselves and each other during this time. With this in mind, here are some ways you can keep your mind and energy positive (and therefore your immune system boosted) during this pandemic:

1. Take a Break from the News

Yes, it’s essential to stay aware of what is going on nationally and in your local area, but you needn’t stay glued to the TV or the Internet. The media these days seems to be more about spreading fear than accurate information anyway. So take breaks. Watch something more positive and uplifting.

2. Recognize Your Own Strength

Depending on your age, this is most likely not the first crisis you have endured. There was the financial crash of 2008, other pandemic viruses, and of course, the horrors of 911. Not only have you made it through all of those, but you are also most likely stronger because of it. Remind yourself that you will get through this as well.

3. Have More Laughs

The old saying “laughter is the best medicine” didn’t become an old saying just because. Laughing is truly an elixir for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. And since most of us find ourselves at home, bored, with not much to do (except that spring cleaning none of us WANTS to tackle right now), it’s a great time to get the family together, pop some popcorn, and watch some of your favorite comedies.

4. Be of Service to Others

Do you have elderly neighbors or neighbors who are battling a major illness? No doubt life is even more stressful for them right now. It will make you feel great if you give them a call and check in on them to see if you can help them in any way. Be mindful to keep your distance of course, but see if they need some help with shopping or other errands.

5. Be Grateful

Something you can do with the extra time on your hands is to be grateful for all that you have in your life. If you and your loved ones are healthy, feel grateful. If you have enough food and paper products stocked up, feel grateful. If you aren’t being impacted negatively by financial hardship right now, feel grateful. If the birds are still singing outside and you can see daffodils starting to open, feel grateful.

6. See the Silver Lining

Many of us have been sent home from our jobs; speaking events have been canceled, just about everything is shutting down, and we are told to stay home. You can either look at this as a stressful time, or you can look at it as an opportunity to spend more time with your family and/or focus on something you’ve been meaning to do but haven’t had time for. This could be spending time exercising, working on that book or mission statement for your new business. How often are you told to stay home? Not often or even ever, so take full advantage of this time and use it to your advantage.

7. Support Your Local Businesses

While it is not advised that we gather in groups of over 10 people, many local restaurants and gyms and hair salons, etc. are getting hit hard. If you are lucky enough to be still getting a paycheck, consider buying a gift certificate from local businesses to use later and order food from restaurants online and have it delivered.

I want to hear from you! Tell me over here https://www.prudencesinclair.com/forum/​ some ways you and your family are coping with this challenging situation. What are you doing with your family? One of my friends who has 3 girls has turned their dining room table into a ping pong table. I heard my friend, Holly is a pretty good ping pong player. Who knew!

How are you spending your time? What are you learning about yourself?

Much love,

Prue

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13 hours ago

Prudence Sinclair

Identify Those Things You CAN Control

There are a lot of things about the holidays that are out of your control. You will most likely hear other people cheerily talking about their holiday plans and you’ll be bombarded with Christmas music pretty much everywhere you go.

But there are some things you can control that will help you lessen your pain and grief. For instance, if you live alone and don’t feel like decorating your house or a tree this year, that’s okay, you don’t have to do it. If you want to avoid crowds and do minimal shopping online, then that’s what you need to do.

Don’t focus on what you can’t control and instead identify those things you CAN control during the holidays.
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Identify Those Things You CAN Control

There are a lot of things about the holidays that are out of your control. You will most likely hear other people cheerily talking about their holiday plans and you’ll be bombarded with Christmas music pretty much everywhere you go.

But there are some things you can control that will help you lessen your pain and grief. For instance, if you live alone and don’t feel like decorating your house or a tree this year, that’s okay, you don’t have to do it. If you want to avoid crowds and do minimal shopping online, then that’s what you need to do.

Don’t focus on what you can’t control and instead identify those things you CAN control during the holidays.

2 days ago

Prudence Sinclair

Say “NO” When You Need To

There were times during my treatment when I knew I absolutely could not be around anyone. I just didn’t have it in me. And then there were times when I thought I didn’t have it in me, but I pushed myself to be social anyway, and being around friends and loved ones made me feel better and brought me out of my funk.

You need to know what you need in the moment. If you KNOW you are in too dark of a place and you need to be alone and quiet, then say NO to those holiday parties and get togethers. But if you check in with yourself and you don’t get a resounding NO but more of a, “Mmm, I don’t know, I don’t really feel like it…” then it may be if you give yourself a little nudge, you’ll wind up having a good time that LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS!
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Say “NO” When You Need To

There were times during my treatment when I knew I absolutely could not be around anyone. I just didn’t have it in me. And then there were times when I thought I didn’t have it in me, but I pushed myself to be social anyway, and being around friends and loved ones made me feel better and brought me out of my funk.

You need to know what you need in the moment. If you KNOW you are in too dark of a place and you need to be alone and quiet, then say NO to those holiday parties and get togethers. But if you check in with yourself and you don’t get a resounding NO but more of a, “Mmm, I don’t know, I don’t really feel like it…” then it may be if you give yourself a little nudge, you’ll wind up having a good time that LIFTS YOUR SPIRITS!

3 days ago

Prudence Sinclair

Don’t Deny Your Feelings

It’s the holidays and everyone seems to be in such good moods, and you hate to spoil the fun with your darkness. You don’t want to feel dark; you want to feel like everyone else seems to.

Denying feelings is an impulse for many (if not most) people. But it’s not healthy and it will truly only make things worse. When we don’t process our feelings, they tend to linger.
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Don’t Deny Your Feelings

It’s the holidays and everyone seems to be in such good moods, and you hate to spoil the fun with your darkness. You don’t want to feel dark; you want to feel like everyone else seems to.

Denying feelings is an impulse for many (if not most) people. But it’s not healthy and it will truly only make things worse. When we don’t process our feelings, they tend to linger.

4 days ago

Prudence Sinclair

Whether you are dealing with your own health crisis, have a loved one who is, or have recently lost someone you love, coping with grief during the holidays can make you feel like you are in a nightmarish funhouse. Everything seems to move in slow motion, people have plastered smiles on their faces, holiday music seems to play from every corner of the Universe, and all you feel like doing is crying.

You are not alone during this time. Sadly, there are many people who are facing loneliness, grief and depression during the holidays.
While there is no magic wand or silver bullet that will make the pain go away, there are some things I have found that make coping a little bit easier:

- Don’t Deny Your Feelings
- Say “NO” When You Need To
- Identify Those Things You CAN Control
- Ask for Help
- Help Others
...

Whether you are dealing with your own health crisis, have a loved one who is, or have recently lost someone you love, coping with grief during the holidays can make you feel like you are in a nightmarish funhouse. Everything seems to move in slow motion, people have plastered smiles on their faces, holiday music seems to play from every corner of the Universe, and all you feel like doing is crying.

You are not alone during this time. Sadly, there are many people who are facing loneliness, grief and depression during the holidays. 
While there is no magic wand or silver bullet that will make the pain go away, there are some things I have found that make coping a little bit easier:

- Don’t Deny Your Feelings 
- Say “NO” When You Need To 
- Identify Those Things You CAN Control 
- Ask for Help 
- Help Others
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