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 5 Ways To Stay Optimistic During the Pandemic
WBy Sonny Melendrez
inston Churchill once proclaimed, “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use
being anything else.”
No matter how positive your outlook,
the current pandemic has caused a major shift in how we envision the near and relatively distant future.
That said, here are five ways to help quell those thoughts that serve only to feed your understandable anxiety.
1. Filter media consumption.
While it’s important to stay informed, a constant diet of mostly doom-and-gloom media coverage can only serve to feed your fears. Try searching for “good news” stories that will reinforce your faith in the human spirit.
2. Don’t worry, think happy.
According to researchers, the average person has between 12,000 and 60,000 thoughts per day. A recent study found that 80% of those thousands of thoughts are negative and 95% were the same thoughts as the day before. Most, if not all worries are baseless and result from an unfounded pessimistic perception. Worrying causes stress, tension and exhaustion, both mentally and physically.
3.Know that good people are working to make things better.
Scientists, doctors, nurses and many more
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4. Focus on the needs of others.
Something as simple as calling to check on a friend can go a long way in providing mutual encouragement. Random acts of kindness are even better than random thoughts of kindness.
5. Practice daily gratitude.
Lamenting what you think you need to be happy is a sure way to live an unfulfilling life. It’sbeensaidthat“comparisonisthethiefof joy.” Focusing on three things for which you are grateful, at the start of each day, can set the stage for good things to happen.
Truth is, optimism is a choice we make; it’s in our DNA. An optimistic mind is a healthy mind.
Why would you want it any other way?
Sonny Melendrez is
an award-winning
motivational speaker,
Hall of Fame radio/TV
host and author, based
in San Antonio. For more
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BEy Alissa Reinhard
ach month, we will introduce a character who is hidden somewhere amongst the pages
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Don’t give up! If you can find the hidden character, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $50! In this month’s issue, look for palm tree.
Just email the page number and location where you spotted the palm tree to Deadline is August 22 .
We hope you’ll have fun with our version of a mini-scavenger hunt within our pages. Good Luck!
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