Happiness is contagious. So is negativity. So why not be happy and spread that around? I want to share with you four ways to be happy in the midst of all this fear, anxiety, and worry.
- Get connected. If you don’t use it already, try tuning in to social media. There are so many Facebook groups and online communities that can help you feel not so isolated. You can participate in the live stream Masses on Youtube or watch other videos that are uplifting and make you feel good. Even outside of social media, there are other ways to stay connected with other people. Call someone who you haven’t talked to in a while, or even video chat with them! It’s the next best thing to seeing people face to face! It seems obvious to stay connected with people virtually, but there are so many resources out there that people don’t even know about!
- Find opportunities. During this quarantine time, chances are you have more free time on your hands. Use this time to get stuff done that you’ve been putting off! So often, we say, “Oh, I would totally do [insert task here], but I just never have time!” Now’s your chance, no excuses. Start checking things off your to-do list! You can also use this time to learn a new skill: learn to play an instrument, write a story, knit, etc. The opportunities are endless of things you can do from home. While it may seem easier to focus on the negative aspects of this quarantine, shift your mindset from that to “what opportunities is this time of solitude providing me with?”
- Lean into God. Because of everything going on, it’s easy to feel like you have no control. Instead of feeling helpless and uncertain, trust the one who is in control: God. Lean into Him, and He’ll lean into you. Give your worries, fears, and anxieties to Him, and trust that He will take care of it. He is in control.
- Do the next right thing. So much is changing in our lives lately. Events are being cancelled, people have to work from home, etc. Not to mention nobody knows what to expect; everything seems to change from day to day. Instead of worrying about the future and what’s going to happen, just do the next right thing that you can think of. When you’re trying to make decisions or you feel stressed out, just ask yourself: what is the next right thing that I can do in this moment? Take it step by step and day by day. Just do the next right thing.