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How to Muster Hope During the Coronavirus: Type COVID-19 Outbreak

Uncertain and challenging times are a part of life and never easy to deal with, but if we stay positive and hopeful, we find that we can get through them.  

April 23, 2020 | HF Healthy Living Team

Whether you’re worried about getting sick, your financial situation, or concerned about your loved ones, it’s natural to feel hopeless while we wait out the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read on below to help you change your focus from bad to good by looking for acts of kindness, positive outcomes, past experiences, and the light at the end of the tunnel.

Look for Positive News and Positive Actions That Make You Smile

It’s inevitable that you’re going to see, hear, or read the news at some time during the day or during the week. Most of what you see is negative, right? If you want to check on coronavirus (COVID-19) news, why not visit a news website and read only the positive stories, like our favorite lunch spot that donated free lunches to NYC hospital workers, or smiling nurses who received adorable children’s handmade masks, or a 104-year-old man who recovered from coronavirus (COVID-19) in time for his birthday! Take the time to weed out the negative and search for the positive—it’s your choice!

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When You Find Yourself in Times of Trouble

We’ve all experienced troubling moments in our lives like grief or sorrow, illness, or even family conflict, and somehow we’ve managed to bounce back from these experiences. Take a look at the list below to find an outlet or positive way to get your mind, body, and soul out of a negative rut.

  • Surround yourself with inspirational people
  • Pray
  • Meditate
  • Recall setbacks that you’ve recovered from
  • Write down how you’re feeling
  • Get it off your chest
  • Find ways to laugh
  • Accept all the support you can get
  • Play like a child

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This, too, Will Come to an End

There is a light at the end of the tunnel—there always is. It may seem like all doom and gloom now, but there have been global and national pandemics before–some similar to coronavirus (COVID-19). There also have been wars, economic depressions, recessions, and unforeseen terrorist attacks—all of which tried to destroy people’s lives and livelihoods. Talk to your loved ones or friends who may have been through something similar. They may give you effective ways to approach setbacks similar to what you may be experiencing now to assure you that what’s happening today will come to an end.


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“Getting Through Tough Times,” Psychology Today. Posted Jan 05, 2020.

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