7 Ways to Find Joy During Coronavirus

" When I was a boy and I would see scary things int he news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" - Mr Rogers


Life is hard. There is widespread fear and anxiety over what the world has become and what is yet to come. I am not making light of that. What I am saying is that there are opportunities to find the silver lining, joy can be found even in the darkest of spaces, you just need to look for it.




1. COOK A MEAL WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS (online or IRL)

Some of the best laughs and conversations are had over the dinner table. If you are home with your kids, make it a point to cook a meal together with them, make it an event that they look forward to, and that you look forward to too. It may just be once, a week or as time allows, but take pause and be intentional about it. If you are on your own try and plan a day to cook with a friend, get them to teach you a new recipe or vice versa. Cooking is an opportunity to look back - as you discuss your day with the folks you are sharing the experience with, or as you reflect on the lives of the ancestors who cooked this meal before you.


2. TAKE TIME EACH DAY TO DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY

I feel like our lives had become so busy everyone mentioned at some point or another about not having time to do the activities they enjoyed. Whether it was playing an instrument or creating a craft or start working out. Now we have the time to do these things. Even though this time wasn't on our terms, it is now here. So do that thing you always wanted, no pressure. Do it as long as it makes you happy, and when it is no longer doing that stop. The very real stress of the uncertainty of today also needs processing, so don't force yourself to continue doing 'fun things' once these things start to add to your stress.


3. ENJOY NATURE

Take a moment to glance out the window, notice the fresh air. Think of the good nature news - whales coming back to ancestral homes, rivers rejuvenating, diminished air pollution. Practice gratitude for these things. The world is healing itself despite the grimness of the situation.

4. STRETCH