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Look on the Bright Side During Trying Times

If you’re feeling pandemic burnout, you’re not alone. Changes in routines and increased isolation can yo‑yo your emotions and can impact your physical health.

Research correlates a positive outlook on life with lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, healthier weight, better blood sugar levels and longer lives.

Tapping into positive emotions activates a part of the brain that lowers stress hormones and improves health.

Battle pandemic burnout by increasing your daily positivity. According to Helen Beaman, licensed clinical social worker at Samaritan’s clinics in Depoe Bay and Toledo, “It’s helpful to focus on integrating one new tactic at a time until it becomes part of your routine.”

  • Spend time meditating or practicing mindfulness.
  • Take a moment to celebrate the completion of a task for positive reinforcement.
  • Be aware of your self‑talk and show yourself compassion over the occasional poor decision.
  • Learn from your mistakes and try not to dwell on negative thoughts.
  • Spend time with your favorite people and pets and carve out time to do activities that you enjoy.
  • Focus on the basics: eat fresh, unprocessed foods; stay hydrated; be physically active daily; and get regular sleep to help boost your emotional and physical health.