Coping with COVID-19
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Coping with COVID-19

What have you discovered you can live with/without? Some tips about how to stay positive during the coronavirus pandemic give us some clues beyond just basic necessities

An article in Forbes magazine about nine tips to stay positive during the coronavirus pandemic gives us some indication of what people can and can’t live without.

  1. News footage – While it’s important to know what’s happening in the world and how to keep yourself and others safe, we can all live without constantly checking the news. You will feel better if you don’t.
  2. Positive memories – It’s important to remember that you’ve gotten through tough times before and you can do so again.
  3. Humour – As has been cited many times in the past, laughter is often the best medicine. Whether it’s a fun conversation, a funny video, or a clever cartoon, it’s important to have a laugh.
  4. Helping others – As much as some sick or elderly people may not be able to get by without your help, you also need to help others. Focussing on others’ needs instead of your own makes you feel better about yourself.
  5. Local businesses – You may be realizing that you don’t need to go out to eat as much as you did in the past. But those businesses and their employees certainly rely on you. And as noted above, helping others feels good.
  6. Gifts – Sending and receiving gifts may seem like something we could live without, but the simple act of sending or receiving something that says someone cares can really help someone get through their day.
  7. Being productive – A lot of us may have more time on our hands. Wasting that time won’t help you feel good. Making the most of it will.
  8. Random acts of kindness – See tips 4 and 6 above!
  9. Daily inventory – Take a moment to be thankful for what you have, not what you don’t. And be thankful for what you were able to do (see 7), and don’t stress about what you weren’t. We can live without negativity, but we can’t get by without some gratitude.

We Want to Hear from You!

Each week, we’ll be asking a different question for you to answer about your experience at home or work during the pandemic. Let us know your thoughts and we’ll share them with your fellow members. Just click the question below and you will be taken a webpage where you can easily fill in and submit your answer.

This week’s question: What is the first thing you’ll do when the isolation order is lifted?

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