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How To Stay Optimistic In Difficult Times

So many of our lives have shifted dramatically as a result of the coronavirus, it is hard to maintain a positive outlook when it seems like there is little to feel optimistic about. So how do we stay optimistic about our lives, our country and the world when there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that supports the contrary?

Practice Self-Compassion

Stephanie Marston, a psychotherapist and a co-author with daughter Ama Marston of the book “Type R: Transformative Resilience for Thriving in a Turbulent World,” told the New York Times, “Especially during a crisis,” Stephanie Marston said, “we just have to be even more attentive to our emotional state. When we do that, we’re able to more quickly move beyond our stress, discomfort or pain.”

Stick To A Routine

According to Salynn Boyles on WebMD.com, “Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine report that bipolar patients fared better when their treatment stressed the importance of establishing daily routines for things like sleeping and eating. Social rhythm therapy, as it has been dubbed by the researchers, is based on the idea that irregular sleeping habits and those associated with other daily activities can trigger manic episodes by disturbing the body’s sleep-wake (circadian system) clock.” When we’re feeling out of control and unsure of the future, establishing a routine helps us take back control, helps us regain self-confidence through our productivity and decreases stress and anxiety.

Stay In Touch With Friends And Family

It’s important not to isolate yourself when you’re feeling depressed. Isolation only breeds depression, stress and anxiety. Reaching out to a trusted friend or family member to air your difficulties and concerns is not only psychologically therapeutic, but they can potentially help quell your anxieties or solve whatever issue you’re confronting. If you are feeling particularly isolated and depressed and are not comfortable reaching out to friends or family, seek professional help. You don’t have to go through this alone, we’re not meant to.

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