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Fear Nothing and Stay Optimistic – Part 1

Fear Nothing and Stay Optimistic. We Will Fight Through this Pandemic

I am sure we are all aware of what is going on in the world right now with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Shelves are empty at the grocery stores. Hand sanitizers nowhere to be found. Lysol wipes…good luck getting hold of them.

I totally understand that there is a panic going on in this world. But this should not give us a reason to live in fear and overly stress.

I will not get into the details with the coronavirus, however, I will give you some advice on what we can do to live more comfortably and fearlessly.

FEAR NOTHING
We must not give coronavirus the power to stop us living our lives. Giving into the fear gives it the power over us. It’s about taking reasonable precautions without having the unnecessary fear.

If someone has coronavirus, then absolutely I would agree they should self-isolate. But, others who don’t have it, should be careful, but not panic or live in fear.
Am I afraid of the coronavirus? NOPE. I am outside every day. I put my Faith and Trust in GOD that he will take care of you and me. I just take precautions without going to the extreme.

  • It is about washing your hands with soap and water for 20 to 25 seconds when you come in from outside.
  • Washing your hands before you eat food, and after you use the rest room.
  • Make sure you do not touch your face, especially if your hands are not cleaned.
  • Make sure your cell phone is clean. Did you know that cell phones are considered one of the dirtiest objects to come in contact with? According to the Seattle Times, your phone is covered with 25,127 bacteria per square inch. It is very important not to share cell phones.
  • Keep a safe distance from others and avoid big crowds.
  • Make sure doorknobs in your home are sanitized.
  • Fear just makes the situation harder for you. Panic is irrational.

If you feel you have symptoms of coronavirus, then start to self monitor. Call your doctor for medical advice, but don’t worry.

God forbid – there is a small chance, and I mean a SMALL CHANCE that you will get the virus. Then you will need to take the gradual steps to get better, according to doctors and hospitals. You will be back on your feet in no time. You will live a long and healthy life.

WE must help others who feel the most vulnerable.

At this time, people with anxiety might have elevated anxiety symptoms due to this pandemic. However, if they see the world panicking, then how is that going to help them?

We must help them to not stress or worry.

It is also important to help others who are more susceptible to this virus, such as the elderly and those with medical conditions.

Let us all work collectively together and help the ones who need us the most. It is not always about us. It is time to be selfless.

Remain optimistic.
It’s easy to feel fearful and depressed during this time, but remaining positive is not only better for yourself, but those around you as well.

I always tell myself that this will end – inevitably. Continue being positive, loving and kind. You do not have to hug others or shake hands with others to be kind. There are always UNLIMITED ways to be kind.

  • Continue laughing and smiling.
  • Say “God bless you” to someone
  • Give them the thumbs up
  • Give others compliments

Fear and coronavirus cannot take away your kindness, hope and love.

Optimism eliminates the fears and anxieties you are facing. Why choose fear?

Be Considerate
With people “panic shopping,” remember there are other people in this world who need food too. I really don’t care if I don’t have the food, but I care if others don’t have it. Being considerate means, letting others get the items they need as well. There are people out there who have families and children to feed. We are not the only ones living in this world.

Do not cough or sneeze on people. Respect people’s space and privacy. Cough into your arm or in a tissue.

Don’t be offended if others are not shaking your hand. I would not shake your hand or give you a hug at this time and you probably wouldn’t either.

We all need to keep a social distance, so all of us can remain safe. When this is over, I will gladly give you the biggest hug.

Don’t believe everything you read on the internet
When I had anxiety, I use to check out all the symptoms of MS (Multiple Sclerosis). I used to think I had all these symptoms when it was actually the fear of MS that created them in my own mind. They call this hypochondriasis.

Usually fear intensifies the more you read into something. When you start to overthink, then the fear can get you trapped in a spiral.

Sometimes it’s best to take a break and shut down all devices, unless you are working from home and engaging with positive people.

Self Quarantine
If you are in self-quarantine, then make sure you have a happy list of positive things to do. Be productive and keep your home filled with love, inspiration, peace and happiness.

As humans we are social creatures, so it is important you keep in touch with your friends and family.

If you are going to be on the internet, then as I stated above, engage with optimistic and inspiring people.

Here are some other positive things you can do . . .

  • Read an inspirational book with some red wine.
  • Listen to classical music.
  • Watch a good comedy (I love “Dumb and Dumber” with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels).
  • Play with your animals.
  • Dance to some good music.
  • Build a puzzle box alone or with your family (those also at home with you now during this quarantine period)
  • Choose whatever is going to make you feel less anxious and happier.

We are all going to get through this with strength, perseverance and continuing to move forward. Be happy my friends. This will end.

Know this is not going to last. We have to endure it like the champions we are. This is not within our control, and we must continue to make the best of what we have and what we can do. Worrying does not change anything. So there is no reason to put that extra stress on yourself.

We are all in this together. So do not feel depressed or alone. This is the time we need each other. We will rise above this because we are one big family connected all over the world.

One day at a time is all I ask. Remain happy and continue to be productive and do the things you enjoy.

Stay safe and remember you are never alone.

LIVE……..AND DO NOT FEAR.

God bless you and take care. Never give up. Keep moving forward. Believe in yourself. Be a Legend!

On a personal note:
To all the Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, Police officers Personal Support Workers (PSWs), people who deliver, people working in the grocery stores, Custodial workers, Janitors and anyone who is on the frontline of this Coranavirus pandemic emergency all around the world. I would just like to express my sincere and heartfelt gratitude.

I love you all.

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