Trying to stay positive during the COVID pandemic? Here is what you can do

The whole world is amid calamity, facing a financial, environmental, social, and health crisis. In tough times like these, it seems almost impossible to be optimistic as you find yourself in a sea of pessimism every day. But little do you know; it is extremely critical for your mental and physical well-being, not to mention the drastic effect it has on your immune system.

Due to the barricades caused by the Corona virus pandemic, even people with the most positive mindset struggle to keep their calm. It is extremely difficult to have a positive approach in such an uncertain and atrocious time. It is very important to be vigilant of your mental and physical well-being during this COVID outbreak. Ways to get through this difficult time is to remain calm and to work towards constructive thought processes If you find yourself struggling with it, know that you are not alone.

Here are a few things you canto do to restore your optimism.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, physical activities like exercise can produce endorphins (chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers).
Exercise will not only help in restoring your inner peace in these stressful times but will also keep you physically fit. Make exercise a priority, and try do it every day. You can try simple yoga or do push-ups, or going out for a walk, anything that suits you and is feasible for you

Eat a balanced diet:
Like exercise, a healthy and balanced diet can help reduce stress, giving you a more optimistic approach to life. A balanced diet can help repulse the effects of anxiety by boosting your immune system and maintaining blood pressure. Focus on home-cooked meals with fresh and locally grown food (preferably organic) with lots of vegetables and whole foods like brown rice, whole wheat and avoid processed foods. Processed foods usually contain lots of sugar, salt, and chemicals used as preservatives, artificial coloring and flavoring. Try out food like cereals, oats, whole-grain bread, spinach, oranges, green tea, etc.

Keep yourself busy:
This is the perfect time to find out your interests and work on them. Try to explore your passion and make it happen. If you have all the time you need, keep yourself busy in learning new things. You can enroll yourself in an online course, and you can cook your favorite dishes, write a book, record some songs, knit a sweater, and do anything that you always wanted to do. By keeping yourself busy, you will stay away from all the negative thoughts and look forward to discovering your interests.

Stay in touch with friends:
Although it is necessary to maintain physical distance in times like this that doesn’t mean you cannot contact your family or friends. Stay in touch with them through FaceTime or Skype or meet in person where keeping the physical distance is possible Isolation can impact your mental well-being significantly, so it is important to stay in contact with everyone while maintaining physical distancing. In this way, you can be there and encourage each other through these unfortunate times. Remember they are most probably struggling as well and looking forward to social contact and connections. Please do follow and abide by your local health and governmental guidelines.

Acknowledge the good things:
Start your day off by being grateful for everything you have and end your day with a more positive attitude. Try acknowledging the things you have accomplished and wish to gain. It will help you in diminishing a portion of the negativity that consumed you.

Lastly, remember the bad days won’t last that long. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel. The things that may seem overwhelming right now would eventually come to an end. So instead of worrying about them, you need to take care of yourself as much as you can. Let this pandemic make you stronger and more resilient.

All material and information presented by Dainty Dandelion Health Coaching Inc. are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The statements made about products, supplements, or treatments have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Health Canada, and equivalent organizations and agencies in other jurisdictions. This blog’s information is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any condition or disease. Please consult with your physician or health care practitioner before making changes to your diet, exercise routine, or lifestyle.

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