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I’m a big fan of watching people grow and become healthier, happier versions of themselves. ~ Unknown

Do you feel overwhelmed during this unusual time of living with the threat of COVID-19?

Sometimes life throws us a curveball. Things happen that you weren’t expecting. Life feels uncertain.

The coronavirus affects us all. It adds more stress for families that were already worried about their child struggling with drugs or alcohol. You may be feeling like life is out of control.

It is good to remind ourselves that everything is temporary, whether it’s good times or bad.

While your life may be upside down in this time of uncertainty, you will get through this. Your life will get back on track.

In the meantime, here are some things I’ve been doing that I’ve found helpful. I hope you can find ways to feel happier in this unprecedented situation.

“You can’t calm the storm, so stop trying. What you can do is calm yourself. The storm will pass.” – Timber Hawkeye

1. You’re doing the best you can.

When trouble strikes, you may find yourself focusing most of your energy on the issue at hand which is understandable. Things have a way of feeling out of balance. So while you may feel added anxiety, recognize that you are doing the best that you can. That is all that you can expect from yourself. Focus on what you can do to help yourself. Have compassion for yourself and for others.

2. Journal daily.

I am not always consistent with journaling. I write so much, that I don’t always get to my journal. Yet, I’m finding that journaling is a great thing to do right now. It will make you feel better as you get your thoughts on paper.

You will have a record of what went on for you doing this time. It might be interesting in the future to look back at your feelings when we were all concerned about COVID-19. Research shows that even if you journal only a few times a week, your stress level will decrease.

3. Take a moment and breathe to feel happier.

Even if it’s just for a moment, listen to your breath and give your mind a rest from what is going on around you. Want more?  Sit for 15-20 minutes. You will begin to remember how it feels to be calm. Meditation is an amazing tool to connect with your inner self. It is a way to find some quiet moments each day to renew and allow your mind to rest.

If meditation is not your goal, giving yourself a few peaceful moments throughout the day will be calming.  You could do a walking meditation where you are moving your body and listening to your breath. It will help calm you down and feel a bit more relaxed.

4. Spend time with friends and family.

With our shelter in place orders, it has made it difficult to visit with family and friends. I’ve been connecting by getting together on  Zoom calls. Zoom is a video-conferencing application which is the next best thing to visiting in person. The service is free for 40 minutes and you can chat while seeing each other on-screen. It has helped me feel less isolated. Talking to people you love even if it is through a screen will help you feel happier and less isolated. To be transparent, this is a referral link.

5. Take care of your health.

Eat healthy food. Try to get as much sleep as possible. Drink lots of water. The more you can take care of your health, the better you will feel. The healthier you are, the better your chances of staying well during this time. Do things to keep physically fit and mentally strong. Self-care has never been more important than now. It will help you stay as positive as possible.

6. Getting outside and taking a long walk will help you feel happier.

Walking is still one of those activities that most of us can do.  You feel better when you move your body. Physical exercise can help improve your mood. It can also relieve some of your stress during this trying time.

You will find that any daily tension will lessen with movement and physical activity. You’ll have more energy and feel more optimistic. Walking or doing any exercise for that matter can help you remain calm in everything you do. I love my long daily walk. We have a beautiful trail, but there are more people there, so I try and walk on the streets. As we all know, the more we can avoid close contact, the better. 

7. Do a few projects around the house. 

This is the perfect time to get a few things done around the house that you may have been putting off.  The closets and drawers are an excellent place to start for a reorganization and cleaning. I know mine could use some attention, so that is a project that I hope to do this week. If there are home projects you can do now, when we are all in a better place, you’ll feel that you’ve accomplished something.

8. Remember that this, too, will pass.

Nothing is permanent. Sooner or later, our life will get back to normal. There will be an end to being on lockdown because of the coronavirus. Looking back, you may remember this time as being unpleasant or stressful, but you will walk away with something new that you’ve learned.

The silver linings that I’ve noticed around the coronavirus are:

  • Families can spend more time together, especially when both parents are usually working full time.
  • You have a chance to put your life on pause and reevaluate what is important to you.
  • My hope is that you’ll have a renewed sense of gratitude.

The coronavirus was nothing that anyone planned on. Life will move forward. You will feel happier again. Let’s use this time to the best of our abilities. You can face whatever comes your way with a sense of strength.

My best wishes to you and your family. May you and your loved ones stay healthy and have happier times ahead.

When life gets hectic and you feel overwhelmed, take a moment to focus on the people and things you are most grateful for. When you have an attitude of gratitude, frustrating troubles will fall by the wayside. ~ Dana Arcuri



By: Cathy Taughinbaugh
Title: 8 Helpful Ways to Feel Happier When Times Are Difficult
Sourced From: cathytaughinbaugh.com/8-helpful-ways-to-feel-happier-when-times-are-difficult-2/
Published Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:38:01 +0000