7 Ways to Stay Positive During a Pandemic
Let’s face it. The world is quite a blur right now. With twists and turns being thrown everyday, it can be hard to find peace, comfort, and stability. Here are 7 things you can do for you and your family to help keep you all sane, inspired, motivated, and overall healthy.
1. Make art
According to a Psychology Today article, it is proven that a 45-minute art-making session can reduce stress by up to 75%. Not only will you be getting your stress levels down, but you will be bonding with your family and getting those creative juices flowing. You can find free coloring pages at this link: https://www.crayola.com/featured/free-coloring-pages/
2. Stay fit
Exercising is a great way to stay fit and keep your blood pumping. Exercise releases endorphins (the happy brain chemical), so after you complete a workout, it is proven that you will feel happier than before. Some exercises we recommend are going on a walk or run or even having a dance party with your family.
3. Try a new recipe
Involve the family and find ways to bond together while also nourishing your bodies! Not only will trying out a fun recipe give your family a fun activity to bond over, it is proven that cooking your own meals is beneficial to your health.
4. Enjoy nature
One of the easiest and most fun ways to get your body moving is to enjoy the beautiful surroundings that we have here in Texas. You can go for a walk on the trails or on a national preserve, you can visit a local beach, or even just catch some sunshine rays on your lawn.
5. Limit your intake
While it is great to be informed, there is such a thing as too much intake. During times like these, the news is particularly negative and scary. Taking steps to reduce the time you spend checking in on the news will help keep your stress levels down and keep you connected to your family.
6. Lean on loved ones
You are not alone! In these unprecedented times, it can be hard to determine what the right move is. You may feel isolated or alone, but that is normal. Take this time to lean into family and friends who can offer you support and comfort.
7. Spread your joy
Think of ways you can spread your happiness to others. There are so many ways to do it! One idea we have is colorfully painting rocks and leaving them on trails for your neighbors to see. Seeing fun artwork along the trails will always put a smile on someone’s face.
Healthy Families = Healthy Community. Family Promise is working towards doing our part daily.