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How to Stay Positive When Life
Throws a Pandemic at You

by Paul Northway

As we adjust to our new normal, at least for the time being, it’s a challenge to remain positive. Much of what we see on the news and social media is worrisome and downright negative. But, there are things we can do to remain positive despite our circumstances.

  1. Focus on what you can do rather than what you cannot

    Because we are used to having unlimited entertainment options available to us it feels strange to simply stay at home. Rather than wishing to get out and golf I challenge you to get creative. What are some things you can do at home that you did not have time for in the past? Why not pick up a good book, work on a home project you’ve been delaying or set a personal exercise goal? Embrace the positive things like sitting down as a family for dinner.
  2. Plan for the future of your business

    While businesses are facing great challenges right now, this pandemic will not last forever. What can you do now to set yourself up for success a few months down the road? Depending on your unique situation that might include building out your company’s social media presence, seeking virtual freelance projects or taking online training courses. When this weighty situation lifts you’ll be one step ahead.
  3. Acknowledge what’s going on, but don’t let it consume you

    While it’s sensible to check the news daily for the latest updates and check in on friends and family on social media, don’t get too consumed with COVID-19 along the way. It’s easy to get sucked in and find yourself thinking about nothing else. I urge you to set a limit that works for you and not go past that mark.
  4. Reach out

    Another excellent way to stay positive is to connect with others virtually. Utilize FaceTime, Skype, Zoom and other video messaging tools to see others face-to-face at least a few times a week. With most people now working from home it can be a strange adjustment as we are used to conversing with others in the workplace daily. When you do reach out, I recommend keeping the subject light.

Though it may feel that the world is shutting down, we will get through this together. Remain positive! We’ll beat the odds.

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