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How to Stay Positive During the Quarantine

 

We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or [we can] rejoice because thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

What word do you think of when you think of quarantine? This current, “novel” – or rather, not so novel – pandemic called COVID-19 seems to be affecting everyone’s lives in one way or another. Some people claim they’re losing themselves while others claim to be doing better than ever. Some published authors in the official #WritingCommunity of Twitter excitedly explain that the quarantine has forced them to write the most they’ve ever written in a few months’ time, while others sadly state that they’ve written less than ever, and that the quarantine has not been helping. For some, the novel coronavirus has forced them to go back to the basics of life and feel truly happy and satisfied again, and for others, they claim the virus has negatively impacted their mental health and made them feel worse about themselves.

So how can you stay positive and keep a healthy mindset whilst being stuck in the dreadful abyss of quarantine? Here are three ways you can keep yourself occupied, entertained, and inspired in the comfort of home, even with all the anxiety-inducing “stay at home” orders.

  1. Look Up Inspirational/Motivational Quotes.

It may sound cheesy or tacky, but that’s only because motivational quotes are so often clichéd and stereotyped. Looking up motivational quotes can actually be healthy and beneficial for mental and emotional health.

“Motivational quotes provide us with a quick and timely burst of wisdom to get our focus back,” writes contemporary artist Elle Smith in her blog article Why Motivational Quotes are Important for Everyone, “offering the inspiration needed for the day or occasion. Often a quote can offer inspiration for the week and inspire us when our normal motivation has lapsed.”

Remez Sasson, an author, blogger, and creator of an online positivity source called SuccessConsciousness, writes in his article Motivational Quotes – 10 Reasons Why You Need to Read Them, “Quotes have the power to motivate, inspire and encourage. Whenever you feel low, unhappy, or lacking motivation, [attentively] read…a few quotes, and you will see how your mood and state of mind begin to improve.”

And aside from all these quotes, what does the Bible tell us about positive thinking?

Proverbs 23:7 hits home with a power-punch when it states, “As someone thinks within himself, so he is.”

All in all, positive thinking is important for your health, for your brain, and for your every action – and motivational quotes can help tremendously. Why? Because they insert positive thoughts into your life. After all, Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words…your words become your behavior…your behavior becomes your habits…your habits become your values…[and] your values become your destiny.”

  1. Avoid Social Media and Overuse of Electronic Devices.

I know this one may sound like a parent telling their child they’re grounded, but in all seriousness, social media and overuse of electronic devices can become a bad habit that leads to addiction, just like a drug or gambling.

A Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation article by FCD Prevention Works explains, “Technology addiction can be defined as frequent and obsessive…behavior increasingly practiced despite negative consequences to the user of the technology. An over-dependence on tech can significantly impact [people’s] lives. While we need technology to survive in a modern social world, a severe overreliance on technology—or an addiction to certain facets of its use—can also be socially devastating. Tech dependence can lead to…consequences that span from mild annoyance when away from technology to feelings of isolation, extreme anxiety, and depression.”

In addition, Sandstone Care officially states, “Technology addiction falls into a category of addiction termed behavioral addictions. Behavioral addictions are widely recognized by mental health and addiction professionals and include other behaviors such as gambling…”

Aside from the possibility of addiction, social media in itself is filled with so much negativity nowadays, especially what with the current coronavirus. People often make sick jokes or complain about the idea of things never going back to normal, and as all the news and media (including social media) is covering the coronavirus and its death toll and governmental action, current news and social platforms can depress us and make us anxious pretty quickly.

As Trisha Fox, speaker, author, and Co-CEO of Splash Designworks (a graphic design, marketing, and social media business) explains, “Focus on the positive, not the negative. With so much uncertainty and negativity, especially during this time of quarantine, it’s really important to keep focusing on the positive. Social media has been full of [pessimism]…talk of the virus, [and] political debates, [and filling your head with too much of it isn’t healthy]. So make sure you limit your screen time and focus on things that empower and motivate and inspire you.”

What about the Bible? Yes, even the Bible tells you to think about positive things.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.”

  1. Write, Draw, Play Instruments – Be Creative and Be Constructive.

One of the biggest upsides of the coronavirus is that we have so much time on our hands because of the quarantine. However, what we do with that time is completely up to us. Should we play video games and binge-watch TV? Or should we do things that are fun, exciting, yet also constructive?

Things like writing, drawing, playing instruments, filmmaking, photographing, reading, dancing, and more are sure to make you feel energized and excited while also being creative and healthy for your brain. Of course, figuring out riddles, solving puzzles, and playing brain teaser games are good for your brain, but they may get boring or not “fun” enough after a while. However, there are so many things that you can do to have fun in quarantine without everything having to necessarily be done on devices or screens like phones, tablets, and computers.

An article by Team Player Productions explains, “Doing some type of mental exercise, in the form of brain teasers or word and number games can boost overall brain activity, increase your memory power, reduce the risk and slow the decline of dementia, improve memory and brain processing speed, reduce boredom, and improve concentration.”

So make sure your brain stays sharp, because just like your body needing exercise to release energy and function better, your mind also needs exercise – mental exercise – to release stress and, indeed, function better.

So there you have it – three ways to keep yourself occupied, entertained, and motivated even amidst the dreadful quarantine. And remember, even when things seem hopeless and like they’re never going to go back to normal, just remember that things will get better and that you can succeed. You Rock, Dream Big, and You Got This! 

– Arianna Fox, 13-Year-Old Girlpreneur, Double Author, Motivational Speaker, Voiceover Talent, and Actress

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The Benefits of Thinking Positive and Reducing Worry

Think positive!” “The glass is half full!” “Cheer up; it’ll get better!

These are typical phrases you might hear from a positive person or an optimist. But why should we think positive? Why should we worry about how full the glass is? Why should we cheer up, and how will it actually get better?

Those are common questions we might ask ourselves when people try to use cheesy, corny, or all-around generic phrases to make us feel better. But there is a lot of truth to what optimists say, and while life oftentimes has its sorrowful, grueling, painful downs, we should never forget its beautiful, incredible, marvelous ups.

Life is complicated. It isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, that’s for sure, but it does indeed have its beauty and its positives. And the more we think positive, the more life will actually start to match that mindset.

Yes, thinking positive does indeed have its benefits, and science proves it.

According to Mayo Clinic, some of the health benefits of positive thinking include “increased life span, lower rates of depression, lower levels of distress, greater resistance to the common cold, better psychological and physical wellbeing, better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease, [and] better coping skills during hardships and times of stress.

They continue to write in their article Positive Thinking: Stop Negative Self-Talk to Reduce Stress, “It’s unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits, [but] one theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body.” In addition, they explain that “positive and optimistic people tend to live healthier lifestyles.

According to Learning Mind, “Positive thinking is the background of the modern philosophy of living a successful and happy life.”

And as a fun quote about the often-mentioned “glass-half-empty-or-half-full” debate, “People who wonder whether the glass is half empty or half full miss the point. The glass is refillable.”

Now you know the benefits of thinking positively about situations rather than always expecting something negative to happen. But what about the “Reducing Worry” part of the title of this article? You might notice my word selection in the title of this article: “The Benefits of Thinking Positive and Reducing Worry.” I didn’t say eliminating worry – I said reducing worry.

You see, some people – particularly those that are constantly positive and optimistic – might make you believe that worries are bad, sinful even. To doubt the Lord is, of course, not good, but to have everyday worries are not a sin. In fact, having everyday worries can mean you care about whatever it is you’re worrying about, which means you’re not apathetic.

However, too much worrying can be stressful for the mind and the body. According to WebMD, “Chronic worrying can affect your daily life so much that it may interfere with your appetite, lifestyle habits, relationships, sleep, and job performance.”

They continue to write, “Chronic worry and emotional stress can trigger a host of health problems. The problem occurs when fight or flight is triggered daily by excessive worrying and anxiety. The fight or flight response causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones…[These] hormones also cause physical reactions such as difficulty swallowing, dizziness, dry mouth, fast heartbeat, fatigue, headaches, inability to concentrate, irritability, muscle aches, [and more].”

Not only does science prove that worrying is bad for you, but so does the Bible. It preaches a clear message: Worrying is a waste of time.

Matthew 6:27 in the NIV says, “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” (In the NKJV, it also says “a single cubit to your stature.”)

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Matthew 6:25 says, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?”

And if you read on just a little bit to Matthew 6:34, it says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

And last, but certainly not least, 1 Peter 5:6-7 assures, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

So when life gets you down, and you start to doubt and worry, just remember that God is watching you, and that He cares about you – and He will make it happen. Keep believing, keep having faith, keep thinking positive, and remember: You Rock, Dream Big, and You Got This!

– Arianna Fox, 13-Year-Old Girlpreneur, Double Author, Motivational Speaker, Voiceover Talent, and Actress

www.ariannafox.com | www.bigideaskc.com

afox@ariannafox.com | afox@bigideaskc.com

(302) 399-7851

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