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Thursday, November 5, 2020

Finding Daily Joy During a Pandemic

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe with no cure in sight, it can be challenging to stay mentally and emotionally resilient. A steady stream of news stories about rising U.S. case numbers and coronavirus-related deaths can leave you feeling burned out, but you also want to stay informed during this public health crisis.

It’s not always easy to take joy in life when times are tough. And, as a compassionate person, you might feel guilty finding the humor in everyday life when so many people are suffering worldwide. However, short bursts of positivity are essential for your overall well-being because they help serve as an emotional release valve. To overcome negativity and boost your mood, consider these ways to find daily joy amid stressful circumstances.

1. Make Yourself Laugh

There’s more than a little truth to the saying that laughter makes the best medicine. Laughter can improve your immune system, strengthen your bonds with others and insulate you from stress. Watch your favorite comedy movie or show, read a collection of funny jokes or find a stand-up comedy special on YouTube.

2. Double up on Self-Care

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious about the future, self-care might be the first thing you sacrifice on your schedule. Maybe you’re struggling to stick with a regular sleep routine, or finding the motivation to work out. But taking good care of your body is crucial for your physical and mental health. Get the recommended seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night, and make time for exercise. Even a brief walk around your neighborhood or a 20-minute series of yoga poses can help you feel happier.

3. Impose a Sense of Order

Instead of getting overwhelmed with worries about the things you can’t control, take proactive steps to take charge of your environment. Simple things like decluttering your living space and making your bed each morning can bring you more inner calm. When you wake up, take a shower, brush your teeth and get dressed, even if you don’t have anywhere to go. Following a regular routine will make your life more joyful by giving you a sense that things are orderly and tidy.

4. Experience Nature

The natural world is inherently therapeutic. Spending time outdoors has a range of benefits for your mental health. If the weather isn’t cooperating, even looking at photos of the forest, beach or mountains can give you the same advantages.

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