Positively Present's 15 Reminders for Keeping Calm During a Pandemic
By Dani DiPirro '01, founder of Positively Present

Things are tough right now. With coronavirus circling the globe, impacting nearly every citizen on Earth, the world is a weird place right now. We're all facing uncertainties about what the future will hold. We don't know for sure what will happen with our health, the health of our loved ones, our jobs, our communities, and more. It's unnerving, to say the least.

During times like these, it's okay to be overwhelmed, scared, or anxious. In fact, it's normal. You're not alone in feeling how you feel. I, too, feel overwhelmed and unsure. So, of course, I did what I always do -- I created something to help me that I hope will help others, too.

Here's a list of 15 reminders I want to keep in mind as we continue to battle the coronavirus globally. These are strange times, but keeping these things in mind will help us keep calm (and maybe even gain something positive from this experience). Staying optimistic is challenging during difficult times, but it is so important. I hope these reminders will stick with you in the days and weeks to come...

  1. THIS WON'T LAST FOREVER. Whatever you're going through right now, no matter how difficult, will not last forever. The impacts of your situation may impact you for a long time (they might even change your life dramatically), but nothing is forever. Things will change. Be grateful for the good times and be accepting of the bad ones.
  2. GOOD THINGS CAN COME FROM BAD TIMES. You don't know for sure what the future will hold. I urge you to read (or re-read) the parable of the Chinese farmer. It reminds you that you have no idea what good fortune could come from your bad fortune. Yes, bad things happen, but often they lead to good things. Keep believing good things are coming.
  3. DISTANCE CAN PROVIDE CLARITY. A situation that changes up your daily routine can distance you from your normal day-to-day life. This can be overwhelming and unsettling, yes, but that distance may also give you clarity on how your activities really impact you. What do you feel relieved to be without? What do you miss the most? Notice these things, and work to adjust your life in the future accordingly.
  4. YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE. Change begets change. If something disrupts your life suddenly, it might be a sign that you need a fresh start. A good time for a new life is when things have been completely transformed without your say so. If you want it to be, a disruption can be like a New Year, a clean slate, a fresh start.
  5. CONNECTION IS INCREDIBLY VALUABLE. TREASURE IT. When times are toughest, you see who the people in your life really, truly are. You notice who is there for you and who is not. You notice who might need your attention and care, who is responsive to your love and affection. Tough times show true colors, and seeing those colors can help you determine who you want in your life.

 

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