The only way you could have avoided getting hit by the doom and gloom brought by the Coronavirus pandemic would be if you lived under a rock. Considering the very real and very daunting challenges the world is currently facing, it’s hard for even the most optimistic people to stay positive. For many of us, our effort to stay on top of the news has left us seemingly unable to focus on anything other than the calamities, tragedies, and disasters that are happening around the globe. After all, it’s all we ever seem to see in the news these days.

It’s obviously important to stay informed, but this doesn’t mean you have to allow yourself to be bombarded by them from the moment you wake ‘til the moment you sleep. And if you want to be able to stay productive during the Coronavirus pandemic, maintaining some positivity is very important. Here are a few things that can help:

Limit Your News Intake & Reward Yourself  With Some Funny Videos

There are countless news channels, websites, radio shows, and web series that serve piping hot news, round the clock. But in our effort to stay as informed as possible, we need to make sure we don’t end up drowning in all of it, especially since many news headlines these days are negative. You should instead pick a handful of trusted sources to receive your news from, and then decide how much limited time in a day you’d want to spend reading from them. And as you’re consuming content on the internet, make sure you give yourself a break from all the seriousness by watching some funny videos. A little laughter can go a long way, especially during such stressful and uncertain times.

Self Care 

While it’s easy to want to skip on the self-care during a pandemic, it’s actually more important than ever to focus on it. You’ll want to boost your immune system so it can do its job (and provide a tiny bit of peace of mind while it’s at it). You can also take advantage of the extra time you have these days to get some good sleep and exercise in. Read a book, listen to music, anything to help you relax and reduce stress. These activities will not only make you feel better physically but mentally as well.

Connect With Friends &  Loved Ones

Physical distancing has been put in place in many cities all over the world, but this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t maintain our closeness with our friends and loved ones, nor does it mean you shouldn’t cease the opportunity to reconnect with all those people you said you would if you only had the time (which you do now). And remember, all of us are being affected by the pandemic, some worse than others. Make sure you don’t forget to check in on your friends and family.

Explore & Learn New Skills

While this pandemic has undoubtedly caused many devastating effects, it’s also brought forth something that many of us didn’t really have before — free time. And as appealing as it might be to sit and wallow on all our plans that got cancelled because of the pandemic, it’s better to spend your time on things that you can control and are more worthwhile. Such as learning new skills. Whether it be cooking, a home repair hack, or painting, it wouldn’t hurt to come out of the other side of this pandemic a better version of yourself.

Do An Inventory Of  Your Day

Make sure you close your day, every day, by acknowledging the things you have learned, accomplished, and are grateful for. While it wouldn’t exactly make all the negativity go away, acknowledging these things might help dilute them and remind you that in the midst of all this craziness, there’s still some good to be thankful for.

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