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Staying Optimistic | How to Beat Coronavirus Concerns

by Pat Fontana

As you continue to adjust to the restrictions and guidelines put in place in response to COVID-19, you may find that staying optimistic can be a challenge. However, there are a number of constructive and positive ways to beat coronavirus concerns. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and that this situation will pass. It is also very important that you stay connected with your substance abuse treatment program so you can continue to look forward to a brighter future.

Focus on the Positive

The coronavirus outbreak is serious. You have to take precautions to ensure your own health and safety. There are ways to focus on the positive, though, even as you maintain a realistic picture of the overall situation. One very effective way to maintain a positive outlook is to start and end every day with a positive acknowledgement, either of something that you are thankful for or something you accomplished during the day. Take a few minutes each day to think positive thoughts of gratitude and achievement to help you stay optimistic.

Support Others

One way to feel better about yourself is to do something good for someone else. During the coronavirus outbreak, that could be as simple as supporting a locally owned restaurant by ordering a meal to bring home. You can also take the opportunity to reach out to others who may be alone and who could use a supportive word over the phone or video chat. Helping others turns your attention outward and gives you a constructive way to beat coronavirus concerns for yourself and for them.

Appreciate the Smaller Moments

You probably have extra time on your hands now. Take that time to appreciate the small things in your life that bring you joy. Focus on the smell of fresh coffee, listen to the songs of chirping birds, and enjoy the streaks of sunshine or the sounds of a rainstorm. When you take in each moment purposely, you give your brain a boost of serotonin, which is the “feel good” transmitter that will help elevate your mood and help you stay optimistic.

Stay Connected

Even in isolation, you are not alone. Use technology to connect with friends and family who are supportive and who are a positive influence on you, particularly when you are in substance abuse treatment. Pick up the phone and make a call or use a digital platform for video chats so you can see the faces of those you love (and they can see yours). Connecting with others and talking about the good things you are doing and the little things you are beginning to appreciate more will help you beat coronavirus concerns.

Limit News and Social Media

Although it is important to stay informed about the effects of COVID-19 and any restrictions you may be under in regard to staying home or social distancing, you should watch or listen to the news in limited amounts. Be sure to verify the source of your news as well. Many unproven theories and wild rumors are posted on social media. Use the news to learn about the current situation and use social media as a way to connect to friends and family, but then move on to more positive outlets for your time.

Tune in to Uplifting Entertainment

A funny movie or a happy song can do wonders to lift your mood and help you stay optimistic. Watch a music video and dance along since you know no one is watching. Check out streaming services for comedies that may be silly but that will make you laugh out loud. Pure enjoyment is a great way to beat coronavirus concerns!

Contact South Miami Recovery for Telehealth Services During COVID-19

You can continue your addiction treatment while staying safe and healthy at home. At South Miami Recovery, we understand your concerns and are still here for you. Our team looks forward to helping you beat coronavirus concerns as you focus on your recovery. We have identified proven, HIPAA-compliant platforms to host our telehealth sessions so you can securely get the treatment you need. To learn more and to sign up for telehealth substance abuse services, contact us today.

We speak English and Spanish. Call South Miami Recovery at 305.661.0055.