If you are, like most of us, struggling through this pandemic, you are not alone. We have all been flung into the most chaotic of situations, where we feel like we aren’t in control of our own lives anymore. No matter your situation, you are likely feeling the burn of this tedious, scary time we are living through.
Nevertheless, despite it all, there are always lessons to be learned from hardship. Whether or not you have lost somebody close to you to COVID-19, or perhaps lost your job or faced mental health challenges, there are ways to find positive lessons from this difficult time. Finding positives doesn’t mean ignoring the challenges, but instead trying to find strength and courage from them.
Here are three ways to find positives in the pandemic.
Dress Up. (It Works. Promise.)
Most of us, during the lockdown, have reverted to wearing sweatpants, gym clothes or even pajamas most days. While this is understandable – we are putting our comfort first, and why not? – sometimes it can do wonders for your mental health and mood to dress up.
This doesn’t mean donning your best tuxedo or ball gown, although if that’s your thing, go for it! Something simple like putting on some makeup, a pair of well-fitting jeans, or a blazer can boost your mood and make you feel motivated.
Additionally, you could find ways to incorporate your outfit motivation with necessary PPE, like masks. You can purchase fun-themed masks or even an LED light mask that lights up as you talk!
Figure Out Your Priorities
One simple way of finding a positive in all this sadness is that many of us have been able to figure out our priorities during this time. When the going gets tough, you realize who your real friends are, as well as what it is you actually want to do with your life.
This hard situation of being in a pandemic has made many people more aware of the goals they want to achieve in life, or where they feel they could serve best. This is an awesome step towards achieving our dreams, even if it is born out of hardship.
For most people, this pandemic has taught us immense gratitude for what we have. Whether that gratitude is for the people in your life, your financial security, the roof over your head, or the food on your plate, it certainly exists for all of us. This gratitude is a positive effect of a bad situation; we have all been humbled, grounded, and awoken to just how much we have.
This pandemic will be over one day, but your gratitude doesn’t have to end there. If you are searching for more ways to be positive, start with the gratitude you feel right now, and let it guide you as you move through the rest of your life post-pandemic.
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