Staying Positive During COVID-19
As the coronavirus continues to spread, it’s normal to be feeling a variety of emotions like stress, uncertainty, and loneliness. Nova Scotians have been home for weeks practicing physical distancing and if you’re someone who has been feeling the affects, please know you are not alone.
Given that we don’t know how long we’ll be dealing with this, it’s important to maintain healthy practices including taking care of our mental health. Keeping a positive mindset can go a long way during this difficult time. It can help us deal with isolation and handle stress better. Below are some tips aimed at maintaining a positive attitude, which will enable us to “ride out the storm” as best as we can:
- Keep a gratitude list. Notice things you feel grateful for and write them down. Reflect on them when you’re feeling low.
- Set limits to the time you spend on problems - instead focus on troubleshooting and finding solutions. If you notice watching the news or scrolling through social media heightens your fears about the virus over time, limit your exposure each day and find a balance that works for you.
- Practice mindful breathing. Notice for a few minutes how you are breathing in and out. Keep coming back to noticing your breath when your mind wanders.
- Be gentle with yourself. Treat yourself the way you would treat a friend. Watch for negative self-talk and putdowns. Replace them with encouraging thoughts.
- Shift from negative thinking. Try to catch those negative thoughts that can make things worse. Refocus using positive thoughts such as “I can do this” and “who can help me?”
For more tips and resources, visit www.novascotia.ca/coronavirus/mental-health/
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