Many are feeling isolated and depressed right now. We have to stay home, social distance, and we have been doing so for almost a year now…and it’s starting to take its toll. What a lot of people are unaware of is that chronic illness patients often live a life of struggle 24/7 and are forced to live a life they never asked for. Sound familiar?

We have known many who struggle to find their place in the world with the restrictions that their bodies put on them, and we have come up with some coping tips from the experts of staying sane during a crisis.

  • You can not dwell on the negative.
    • Negativity will kill you, plain and simple. It is okay to curse, to cry, and to wish that things were different, but we can not lose sight of who we are and all that we have been through. Times will be hard, moments will be excruciating, but if you believe that this experience will give you wisdom and strength it becomes much easier.
  • Find fulfillment in whatever it may be.
    • Many like to unwind with friends at the end of a long week, but it’s hard to wind down from a never-ending state of loneliness. This is why it is important to know your true self and find ways to fulfill your soul within the parameters of the lockdowns. If you like having dinner parties with friends…organize a Zoom dinner and enjoy yourself. Don’t be afraid to explore new ideas and avenues. Change is hard but suffering in silence is damaging.
  • Spend time in the silence.
    • Get to know yourself. Listen to your soul, your thoughts, and explore who you are. Often, we are too caught up to ever check-in with ourselves and discover our true feelings, desires, and thoughts. However, the more we know our true selves the more our world will open and the beauty of life, no matter how difficult, will be seen.
  • Believe a better future is ahead.
    • Perhaps the most important thing to remember during this time is to believe a brighter and better future is ahead. The more negative emotions we fill our thoughts with, the more darkness will be drawn in to the world and your own life. Believe in light, believe in good, and be part of the positive change the world needs right now.

Remember, we will prevail in the fight against COVID, but we can not let this virus destroy our decency. Let us work together as this pandemic finally has an end in sight, and let us work towards a brighter and more positive future where no one ever feels the loneliness and isolation that many have felt over these past few months.

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