Staying optimistic can be a challenge even on normal days, but when you turn on the news and everything looks bad, it can be hard even for optimists to have a positive outlook. That means we have to work a little harder to focus on the good things. Here are three ways to do just that:
Remember: You Are Resilient
You have likely experienced several life disruptions that you couldn’t have predicted. You may have had a death in the family, or perhaps your friends lost a home in an earthquake. Or maybe you were severely affected by the Great Recession in 2008. Remember, you survived each of those times. And you’re a much stronger person because of all of that. Think about what you did to make it easier then. Then set aside a time each day to remind yourself that you are resilient.
Connect with Others
CDC guidelines can help you and your family stay safe. If someone you know gets sick, take a few moments to call them or check in on them in a safe way. This has two benefits: one, you’ll help them feel special, and two, you’ll feel good for connecting with someone in a meaningful way, especially if you ask them what you can do to help—then act.
Try Snail Mail
Dropping baked cookies on a friend’s doorstep may not always be possible, but a care package or a card in the mail are great ways to show you care! These gestures may be especially meaningful for the older generation. Many skilled nursing facilities are restricting visitors, which makes the seniors who live there feel even more isolated than usual. Snail mail can be one way to add a smile to their faces—and yours.
With all the heavy stuff that’s going on in the world, it can be hard to stay positive. But it’s important to keep going. Remember that you’ve made it through hard times before, and you can do it again. If you can, show others you care about them by reaching out or sending snail mail. You’ll remind them that they will make it through, too.