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Tips for how to stay happy in troubling times

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200317-covid-19-how-to-stay-happy-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak

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Tips for how to stay happy in troubling times
With the unfolding global coronavirus pandemic leading to people being confined to their homes, borders being shut and economic instability, it can be hard not to feel overwhelmed by the state of the world at the moment. The good news? Even in times of stress and anxiety, you can take proactive steps to lift your mood.

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Coping with the new virus

Nowadays people are being asked to cope with a new situation, which is both dangerous and boring: the pandemic compels us to stay home and deal with our anxiety and boredom. 

However, there are ways we can cope with this situation, such as focusing our attention on another topic or meditating; being calm and mindful enables us to fight our fear and not to maximize it.

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Manage your emotions

One of the most important lessons we all learn throughout our life is that we should accept what we cannot control and control what we can. It is essential that, during crises, we do our best to remain positive and calm, without making a target out of it. 

Focus on both your happiness as well as the happiness of the ones around you and try not to become obsessed with being happy in a period when happiness is not at all easy to reach.

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Appreciating your everyday life 

Whenever you find yourself feeling uncomfortable with a situation, such as the current one related to the new virus, you might want to try to keep a journal in which you can mark down what makes you happy, accomplished or a better person on a daily basis. You will be surprised to discover how helpful this can turn out to be. 

Another solution to consider, which can prove both relaxing and healthy, is to clean up your home. This enables you to have a good start of the day and keep the dust away, which can have only benefits.

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Taking care of your mental health 

At all times, but especially during crises, it is worth taking extra care of your mental health. 

You could try, for instance, spending less time on social media or going to a quieter place, far away from the crowded city. You will be impressed by the effects and you will most certainly gain back your optimism.

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Understanding Stress

  • Dealing with Stress is imperative as it is unavoidable in modern life.
  • Our work, family and our finances create daily stress and other external factors (like politics and terrorism) co...

Your Perception About Stress

With stress, the mind and the body are intrinsically linked. You can view stress as something that is wreaking havoc on your body (and it can) or as something that is giving you the strength and energy to overcome adversity.

Exposure to Stress

Regular exposure to stress in small quantities can prepare us to handle a big stressful event in our lives. Prepare yourself for stress by self-education about the stressful event, by doing some physically stressful activities like completing a marathon, or something you dread, like giving a speech.

Repeated exposure to mildly stressful conditions can alter your body’s biological response to stress, making you manage stress in a better way.

The 5 components of EI

  1. Self-Awareness: understanding of one’s emotions.
  2. Self-Regulation: it frees us from being prisoners of our feelings.
  3. Motivation: having an ...

There are 3 types of empathy

  • Emotional empathy: “You feel awful? Then I feel awful too!”
  • Cognitive empathy: “I understand that you are feeling awful. That must suck.”
  • Compassion: “You feel awful? I feel for you. How can I help?”

Compassion is what we focus on for emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence

It's the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions, to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships, and to manage your own and others’ emotions.