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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, th...

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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 bes...

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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...

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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...

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Look on the bright side while fighting a pandemic

Staying positive proves useful almost always. So how about looking at the good things that this pandemic has brought us? Next time you go online, you might want to consider booking your upcoming holiday, as everyone working in the field of tourism is currently making a lot of great offers. Furthermore, also the home loaning is bound to get more interesting, as demands will most certainly decrease in the near future. So, while still on the Internet, how about checking the online lending houses too?

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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.&nbs...

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 intrinsic desire to achieve things.
  4. Empathy: the ability to understand emotions of other people.
  5. Social Skill:  the ability to build rapport and manage relationships.

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?”

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