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It’s safe to say that (unless you’re living in New Zealand where the virus has been all but eliminated) we’re all thoroughly sick of everything to do with COVID-19. Many have lost friends and family to the virus. Many more have lost jobs and income. It seems as though every time we switch on our televisions or check our smartphones, we read of tens of thousands of deaths, gross racial injustices and (as always) people being absolutely vile on social media. We all could use an instant positivity boost during these times.
The lock down under which lots of people still live has exacerbated the preexisting issues many of us may have with anxiety and depression. But if the COVID blues are getting you down, you owe it to yourself to be proactive and try to find some positivity… because there’s always positivity to be found from somewhere.
Don’t let the current miasma of negativity take control of your life. Try some of these fast-working hacks for an instant positivity boost…
First of all, put down your phone
Your smartphone can give you a link to the world, and the people who are your world. But it also connects you to an endless stream of data which can be overwhelming at the best of times. When media outlets put the bad news front and center to drive clicks, it can be very difficult to stay positive.
Use your phone to educate yourself and to stay in touch with the people who love you. But know when to take a step back from news and social media.
Give yourself something to smile about
A smile, whether it’s one you enjoy on your own or one you share with others, is a beautiful thing. It can result in a range of positive changes within your brain and body, improving your mood from the outside inwards and flooding your brain with endorphins, dopamine and serotonin- natural feel good chemicals. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your smile, now’s the perfect time to change it. Invisible braces cost surprisingly little and you can spread the cost into monthly installments. You don’t even need to go to the dentist to get them fitted. No matter what make yourself smile even if you have to fake it to make it! It sounds crazy but just smiling can help you become more positive even if you aren’t feeling it right now.
Say some affirmations into the mirror
Yes, you may feel silly at first. Yes, it takes some time to condition your brain to accept them. But stick with it and you’ll find that saying some positive affirmations into the mirror can give you a near instant positivity boost. Some great affirmations include:
- Everything’s going to be okay
- I am grateful for […]
- I am beautiful, smart and in control
- I will not compare myself to others
Watch some funny YouTube videos
There’s nothing better for me than having a big time laughing for an instant positivity boost. I usually go to YouTube for this. DryBarComedy is one of my favorite channels to watch stand up comedy and laugh along with. I like this one because it’s clean comedy and I don’t have to worry watching it around the kids. I also love It’s a Southern Thing channel as it is also hilarious and kid friendly. They say laughter is the best medicine and I think it can be a great prescription for COVID blues.
Eat some happy foods
Finally, you are what you eat. And it’s easy to underestimate the impact that diet has on our mood. When we feel down we tend to binge on sugary, fatty and salty comfort foods. But these ultimately make us feel sluggish, dehydrated and full of guilt and self-loathing. Instead, load your plate with mood boosting foods like quinoa, dark chocolate, grapes, leafy greens, oily fish, nuts and seeds… Though, probably not all together!
These are just some ideas to stay positive during these crazy times. Keep yourself busy with fun things like these 75+ ideas for things to do for kids and/or adults. Don’t give up! Drop me a line if you are struggling. I’ll do my best to help!
If you are feeling down or depressed for more days than not, please seek medical attention. If you are feeling like you cannot go on, please call the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat here>>> https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/ Or visit the suicide prevention lifeline at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/