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7 Tips for Choosing Joy during COVID-19

COVID-19 crisis has radically changed our lives. Just a few months ago, we had no idea our 'world' would be confined to our homes!  (see the full article, click here)

This crisis is a powerful reminder of how important freedom is - and how much we need human connection!

Remember you are not alone. Because what is DIFFERENT here is that everyone is impacted! Your neighbor, mom, boss and friends as well as your counterparts around the world are all going through something similar.

With so many things going on you do not have control over, it's important to remember:

Choose your attitude today.  It’s one thing you have complete control over.

This is the challenge each of us must rise to! If we're going to be stuck at home, we may as well make the most of it.  
 

7 Steps to Choosing Joy while Physically Isolated:

 

1) Create a Healthy, Supportive Routine

When we feel powerless or helpless (as so many of us do at the moment), one EXTREMELY easy thing to do is to create a routine or schedule.

While we're all stuck in anxiously waiting at home, it's easy to lose our sense of time. Days can begin to blend into each other. A routine can give us an anchor and greater sense of control over our lives.  (see the full article, click here)
 

2) Gain a New Skill with Online Learning:

There are so many opportunities online to gain a new skill and they're growing by the day!
Grow your personal or creative skills or choose a new skill to learn and take back to work with online training (see the full article, click here)
 

3) Be in the moment:

In THIS moment you are OK. You are safe. Take one day at a time. One hour or even one breath at a time if you need to.
This tip is about being super-present, not thinking ahead or remembering the past, but practicing BEING.

This is a PRACTICE - meaning you will have to do it over and over again - bringing yourself back to the NOW. Over time it gets easier,  (see the full article, click here)
 

4) Laugh

Distracting ourselves from our fears is a valid technique for feeling better!

Laughter releases helpful chemicals in our bloodstream - Endorphins (our natural "happy" drug) and Dopamine (part of our bodily "reward" system).  (see the full article, click here)
 

5) Start a Journal!

If you've always wanted to journal, now is a good time to start. More than just keeping a record of your day, a journal can help you explore and sift through your feelings and experiences and learn from them. It's a great way to get to know you.

It's great to choose a beautiful notebook, but the most important thing is to just get started. (see the full article, click here)
 

6) Help and Encourage Others

Helping others is empowering and makes us feel better. Here are a few ways you could help others.  (see the full article, click here)
 

7) De-Clutter

I bet you have some organizational things on your to-do list (like going through winter clothes, sorting out toys to donate or tidying the laundry closet, garage or shed) that have been on there for a while. Use this isolation period to get them done!

Getting organized and de-cluttering allows us to exert some control over our lives - and therefore feel less helpless! Plus, (see the full article, click here)
 

Wrap-up


Only you can control your attitude. It is possible to experience peace and joy, even in the midst of difficult times.  There is much you cannot control. This is something you can. It’s your choice.
Believe you have the skills and power to tackle this situation and you will! Choose to make the best of a difficult situation and no matter what - you'll find a way.

This current and strange COVID-19 situation will end. When it does, you'll be proud you chose to make the effort to learn something - whether it's about yourself, fresh knowledge, a new skill - and who knows what else!  (see the full article, click here)
 

TerryAnn Porter is a Certified Professional Life Coach, empowering women to overcome the lies of negative self-talk to that they may step into the truth of their worth.  As a speaker she addresses women’s groups on this subject.
She has authored two books as part of a “Knit and Crochet Bible Study devotional/journal” now available on Amazon

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