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Tips to Stay Happy in a Crisis

By Nira Macaspac

It’s been a month since the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) was implemented and, for many, it feels like a year already. With no definite end to this ECQ yet, this uncertainty can give birth to many negative feelings.

Every day, we watch and read the news and the spread of coronavirus seems to get worse in our country. The rising number of deaths and infected people magnifies our fears, and the extension of this lockdown period worries us. It’s perfectly human to feel these emotions, and it can even challenge even the most optimistic people to stay positive. It’s true we need to take this virus seriously but we don’t have to let it steal our joy or rob us from living in the moment.

According to studies, the more stressed you are, the more vulnerable you can become because stress can dampen your immune response. On the other hand, being happy releases hormones that help you fight off viruses. Here are a few tips to help you stay happy amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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  1. Identify the root cause.  

You have to be clear why you feel unhappy because that is the area you need to work on. If you already know the reasons, then you can ask yourself what you can do to fix it.  If your happiness is attached to things outside of yourself or things you cannot control, you need to work on your beliefs. You have to understand where your happiness is coming from and focus on the things you can control like your thoughts, reactions, and decisions. 

  1. Guard your thoughts.

Thoughts influence your feelings. If you keep thinking about unhappy and stressful things, then you will feel miserable. We need to be self- aware and learn how to evaluate what crosses our mind. How do we know if a thought is worth welcoming? Always ask yourself these two questions. First, is it something I love? Second, does it help me grow? If both answers are a yes, then it’s worth welcoming. If one is missing, then let it go.

  1. Always be grateful.

Gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps us feel more positive, relish good experiences, improve our health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. In short, gratitude makes us happier. Even in crisis, there is still much to be grateful for. Learn to appreciate and be mindful of the goodness around us instead of giving our attention to what’s lacking in our life.

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  1. Love yourself.

Self-love is the biggest part of happiness. You must become your best if you want to give the most and best you can to others. You probably heard this statement before “You cannot give what you don’t have.” You have to create that happiness within you so you can spread it. Happiness is contagious and it breeds positive energy the same way being miserable breeds bitterness and anger.  

Everyone wants to be happy so they spend their lives searching for it. And for many, happiness seems hard to find yet the key is just within themselves. We will always have a choice, even in crisis.

About the author: Nira Macaspac is a certified life coach and promotes ways to live a happier life. She is one of the hosts of Love-A-Lockdown, a daily Facebook Live show that is out every 7 p.m., which aims to spread good vibes and help people who are struggling emotionally amid the Covid-19 crisis.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2020/04/22/tips-to-stay-happy-in-a-crisis/)

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