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Staying Hopeful in Times of Crisis

It’s been a difficult few months for everyone, and it’s perfectly normal to be feeling stir-crazy from the stay at home effort and frustrated at how long everything has had to stay closed. To say we are living in unprecedented times would be an understatement. That’s why it’s more important than ever to stay hopeful – and to do that, you have to make sure you are surrounding yourself with as much positivity as possible.

Take a Break from Social Media

While social media can be a good place to get news and updates, connect with friends, and get a break from working at home, it is also filled with clickbait headlines, half-truths, and conspiracies that can fuel fear and increase stress. Be sure to use social media for the good it can bring – connection. Get your factual information from the CDC or WHO, and step away from it all to read a good book, watch a movie, or call a friend.

Look for Good News

Instead of focusing on the negative, actively seek out good news. It’s all around – from the way people are stepping up to help out their neighbors to the innovation we’re seeing from people all over the world who are coming together to create better testing, more equipment, and a vaccination. John Krasiknski, famed for his role in The Office and the creator of The Quiet Place films, has created a YouTube channel and show called Some Good News. Allow yourself these uplifting moments.

Take Care of Yourself – Mind, Body, Soul

Extreme stress can inhibit your ability to concentrate and can impact your productivity. If you’re working from home, it’s ok to take breaks. Be sure to still focus on nutrition, get some exercise, and meditate or do yoga. There are apps, YouTube channels, and websites dedicated to helping you stay active while staying home.  Do something for others – make masks, deliver groceries, call and check in on someone, or make a donation. Doing something good is good for you.

The Connecticut governor, in partnership with the governors of the surrounding states, is working on a plan to reopen safely. Until then, stay positive, stay home, and stay safe.

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