- Sunrises and Sunsets No matter the current flavor of craziness running through the world today, there are still sunrises, sunsets, and fluffy clouds of familiar objects floating through the sky. Regardless of the chaos we may be living in, seeing and remembering the God-created natural rhythms of the earth continuing as always can bring peace to the soul.
- Splash in Puddles or Walk in the Rain It’s been raining for weeks with no break in sight. No worries. Put on those mud boots and make a splash. Live life like a kid again.
- Dance, Sing, Laugh, and if You Can, Whistle Some of you may feel you must do the dancing and singing when no one else is around. That works. But consider you may bring a smile or good laugh to others if you just step out and go for it. Sometimes we need to not take life so seriously.
- Pray, Asking God to fill You with the Joy and Peace that Only He Can Give I can’t tell you how many times God has answered this prayer for me. He gives me the peace and joy I can’t always find on my own during difficult times. This situation is much too big for us to handle alone, but with God we can get through it. Pray daily for the health and healing of the world.
- Take a Walk, Stretch, and Exercise Find an isolated sidewalk, empty parking lot, or a nature trail. Okay, so exercise may not sound joyful to do, but I can guarantee you’ll feel happier after you do it! Chemicals, called endorphins, are released which triggers positive feelings in the body that boost your mood and decrease depression.
- Take a Drive Who says you need to remain isolated in your house? If the sun is out, all the better. Maybe explore a road or area you have never driven.
- Stop and Smell the Flowers or Buy Some for Your House They’re pretty and cheerful.
- Eat Right Plenty of fresh veggies and fruit. If not fresh, then frozen is the next best. Eliminate as much sugar and processed foods from your diet as possible. There are just too many reasons to list here, but for the purpose of this article, know they can contribute to your blue mood. Whole books are written on this.
- Remember, Feelings are Not Facts When you know your feelings don’t match the facts, call the bluff on your feelings and hush them up.
- Turn Off the Noise and Bad News It’s okay to take a break from the news and social media. It can get to be too much at times.
- Pick Up the Clutter It’s amazing how a little cleaning can lift your mood.
- Volunteer, Donate, Share What You Have Many times when we help others, it seems we benefit more than those we help.
- Listen to Your Favorite Upbeat Music Sing along and try out a new dance move or two!
- Make a Gratitude List Focus on the positives to counteract the negatives we may be focusing on. The more we focus on the good things, the more positive our overall well-being. This leads to better relations with yourself and others.
- Play with a child or pet Release those feel-good chemicals serotonin and dopamine in your brain. Your pet and child will totally enjoy it as well.
- Enjoy Your Hobbies Maybe you have to pull it out from under the bed or the back of the closet, but that will be a double win as you can scratch off #11 as well. Been wanting to start a new hobby? Now is a good time.
- Keep a Good Sleep Schedule Seven to eight hours a night.
- Keep a Journal The best stories come after the challenge passes. Writing also releases your thoughts to paper and frees your mind.
- Visualize a Peaceful Scene Photographs or the memory of a peaceful scene can many times change our mood.
- Call or Write a Letter A good way to stay in contact with a friend or family member. What about a stranger in the hospital or nursing home?
- Eat by Candlelight This can be fun even if you’re alone.
- Watch a Comedy or Comedian Not seeing the humor in life right now? Look at life through someone else’s eyes.
- Remember, “This too Shall Pass.”
Many of us are feeling isolated and thinking, “This is just the beginning and I’m already going stir crazy!” Those who normally work from home are seeing their isolation increase even more. We know our physical needs are taken care of, and we honestly think all will be okay soon, but the uncertainty of how it will all play out has us a little off kilter. How do we do an emotional reset and find the joy in this new, temporary, normal we find ourselves living in?
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