No one expected most of the world to come to a standstill due to a deadly virus. In fact, it still feels like something out of the movies.

With all this uncertainty and fear surrounding us, finding the will to stay calm and positive is of the utmost importance—as hard as it is.

Here’s how you can stay positive during the ongoing pandemic:

Concentrate On What You Can Control

You can’t control the virus, you can’t control who it’s going to affect, or how it’s going to impact their health.

What you can do, however, is minimize your chances of catching it—so focus on that. Avoid going out unnecessarily, and wipe down everything that comes into your house (groceries, takeout, etc.).

Spend time at home being productive; this way, you won’t feel like you’re stuck as time passes by. Moreover, focus on your physical and mental health by exercising regularly and pumping your body with endorphins to combat any negativity that may be building up.

Be Grateful

It’s very easy to get caught up in all that’s wrong in the world, which leaves you feeling helpless. But even though there’s so much pain and angst everywhere at the moment, there’s a lot to be grateful for as well.

Some of the smartest minds in the globe are working together to find a cure to put an end to the pandemic. So many people who were previously infected by the deadly virus overcame it, and are now helping others by donating antibodies.

In times of so much uncertainty, it’s important not to lose track of the things that matter. Before you get out the bed in the morning, remind yourself of three things that you’re grateful for.

In the same way, think of three things that made you happy during the day before you fall asleep.


Meditation has been used for centuries to block out negativity and help people be present. Health and wellness experts are encouraging people to try meditation to keep their anxiety at bay.

Through meditation, you turn the focus inward and make the conscious decision to shut out the outside world for a few moments.

There really is no better way to curb anxiety.

Seek Professional Help

If you’ve tried everything and still nothing seems to work, then seek professional help. Don’t let the anxiety build up, because it can make you more prone to contracting physical illnesses.

David Myers is a psychodynamic therapist based in Birmingham, Alabama. He offers psychotherapy for clients dealing with anxiety and depression.

If you’re living in Birmingham or nearby communities and are looking for a psychotherapist, book an appointment with Myers by calling (205) 251-8808.

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