Asharq Al-awsat English https://aawsat.com/english Middle-east and International News and Opinion from Asharq Al-awsat Newspaper http://feedly.com/icon.svg

How to Stay Positive During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

How to Stay Positive During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

Sunday, 29 March, 2020 - 12:30
London - Jocelyne Elia

Only those who have gone through hardships and have made it through by being patient and rational will understand the meaning of positivity. Today, the whole world is put into test. Everyone, with no exception, is dealing with the same difficult circumstances.


Being positive is easy for those with an optimistic character. However, it's a hard mission for those who see the glass half empty.


So what is positivity? How to become a positive person? And if you are positive, how do you maintain a good feeling without living the illusion of fake happiness?


We stopped hearing about positivity ever since the coronavirus outbreak tightened its grip on our societies, perhaps because some may consider being positive at a time when people are in solitary confinement as unreasonable. However, psychologists claim this is the realistic period to be positive to cope with the changes taking place in our lives.


A British government website published a study which found that positive emotions can help us to undo the negative effects of stress.


It is well known that in every crisis there is a winner and a loser, and the same applies to people. There are those who see the good things in the middle of crises and those who are emotionally burdened.


The first question you need to ask yourself: If I allow this situation to bring me down, will things get better?


Then you need to ask yourself: If you are disturbed by the situation, will the crisis be over? Of course, the answer is "No." This is why experts say, in times like these, people need to create little moments that would make them feel grateful.


It has been medically proven that people who are able to adapt to circumstances, they bounce back quickly and have for example a faster cardiovascular recovery time.


Since isolation has been directly linked with the new pandemic, this is the right time to choose wisely and contact those who make us feel good. Do not accept calls from negative people, whether during the coronavirus crisis or in other times, think of the good things that have occurred as a result of the virus, like the time it has given us to spend with our loved ones at home. Boosting our physical immunity by paying more attention to what we consume from vitamins, breathing cleaner air, and listening to the birds singing instead of the noise of airplanes.


The study suggests that people low on positive emotions were 2.9 times more likely to contract a respiratory illness.


They say, there is hope behind every dark cloud, which explains the optimism we are speaking about.


There is a fine line between feeling positive or indulging yourself in a dark and gloomy world. This is a personal choice which only you can make.


If you are sensitive to negative news, you should avoid them, this is your chance today. It is your own decision to control the number of hours you spend on your mobile.


One of the best things which count as positive during this period, is the fact that you have the chance to make choices and control your life without wasting energy on undeserving people and things.


Optimism in its natural limit is required and essential today. The crisis will not remain forever, and the world will return to how it was before the coronavirus outbreak. However, the real tragedy is if people returned to their old habits, without learning a lesson from this test so that they overcome possible future crises.


Editor Picks

Multimedia