Updated: Apr 3
The world has been taken for a spin over the last three weeks. For those of you amidst planning a wedding, the stress and overwhelm are probably at the forefront of your life right now and peace of mind is elusive. If this sounds like you, I feel you. I want you to know that it's okay to have these feelings when plans completely fall apart and life essentially comes to a halt because of COVID-19. However friend, it is absolutely NOT OKAY TO STAY in that frame of thought. So, I'm giving you 5 things I do that have helped me keep a positive outlook while we navigate this time of madness.
First, I read the Bible every morning. Now, I know that many of you may not be religious and that's okay. If the Bible is not your thing, start your day with reading some inspirational quotes or taking some time to just sit in silence and breathe. Start your day by thinking of something that makes you happy or setting a goal for the day like calling a loved one, writing in your journal or even doing 10 push-ups! Having a positive thought to start your day helps tremendously in keeping a positive attitude towards the rest of your day.
Second, I daydream! I know it sounds crazy but I LOVE to daydream. I daydream about all the amazing things that the future holds for me, my family, humanity, the WORLD! I daydream about how amazing it will be when we are on the other side of COVID-19. I daydream about traveling to all those countries I have on my bucket list (a blog post to come of that later). I daydream about the future home my husband and I want to purchase and so many other things! I am positive you have things you are looking forward to in the future. Don't feel silly about daydreaming about it. It's one of the best ways I've found to escape the stress.
Third, I make a it a point to think about all the great people I have in my life. I mean, most of us are surrounded by people who love us. Be it our significant other, our best friend, our parents, our siblings etc. We have a nucleus of core people who bring us joy and no matter what happens around us that nucleus is SOLID and is a source of joy which helps us stay positive.
Fourth, I work! Your girl gets some SERIOUS work done. As a small business, there is a lot that happens behind the scenes and having the time to actually get it done (like writing this post) feels like I just climbed Everest. I end my day feeling so accomplished. Most of us don't see work as joyous but if you look at it from a different point of view, seeing the progress you made on a particular day can help you see a clear path towards the future and the future is looking REALLY good, girl.
Lastly, I relax. During this outbreak, I have taken time to just BE. The time I have spent with my husband has been priceless. We have played board games, watched a ridiculous amount of Nexflix and have had deep and meaningful conversations (to name a few). I've also spoken to my family more, reconnected with friends and more importantly reconnected with myself. Think about all the time you've had for YOU during this pandemic or all the time you've spent with your children. Time you most likely would not have been able to carve out if we were still grinding like we normally would.
As horrible as this situation is for everyone around the world, focusing on the positive has helped keep my worry at bay. It has given me something to look forward to and has brought me some joy. I hope reading this helps you feel a sense of calm and helps you see the light at the end of the tunnel. We'll be out of this dark tunnel soon and feel the sun on our face. So, hold on friend, we are almost there.
If you found these 5 tips helpful. I'd love to hear about it in the comments. If you know of someone that may find these tips useful, share this post. Let's create a community of like-minded people who are all about the positive vibes. And remember, you're not in this alone. We got this.