The Juicy Good Parts of the Coronavirus PLUS the Top 52 Things You Can Do to Make This a Good Thing In Your Life Now
You are worried, fearful, anxious, depressed or maybe even panicked. That’s understandable. However, you don’t have to stay stuck in worry, fear, anxiety, depression or panic. You can stay there with those emotions including a whole host of other negative emotions if you choose, but that’s not a powerful place to be. The juicy good parts of the Coronavirus are many, which I will be talking about along with the top 50 things you can do to make this a good thing in your life right now.
For those of you who are new to my blog, I write about what it takes to be happy and LOVE LIFE when things are really difficult, hard or even really horrific. As someone starting over in life at age 58 with basically nothing, I know all too well how extremely hard life can be. Yet my circumstances don’t stop me from having a very happy, joyous and healthy life. In other words, my circumstances don’t dictate my happiness. I have learned how to generate my own happiness, a skill that I highly recommend and wrote about in a post titled How to Generate Your Own Happiness & Why It’s the Skill to Learn from February 13, 2020. Let me also state up front that my site DOES in fact have a security certificate through GoDaddy.com although we have not been able to get my site to show up as “secure”, which is being worked on.
The other thing you should know before I dive into how the Coronavirus could be a really good thing in your life is that I am all about LOVE and living with an open heart. My first post was titled Love.Life.™ after the name of my blog and my second post was titled Living Life with Your Whole Heart (September 2019). I am one of those happy people who can find the silver lining to any problem. I believe in loving everything that you can about your life, the people in it, the places you go, and so much more. I am the embodiment of love. I love people – even you whom I do not know and will never meet. It’s about loving humanity and the human condition. LOVE is the one thing that more people want and need in their lives but don’t know how to get it. LOVE is the most powerful emotion on the planet and is Divine in every way. As such, you will find ways to bring LOVE and happiness into your life through my posts. Yeah, I have been called unorthodox, unconventional, weird and a whole lot of other names.
Right now, we have the highest percentage of people suffering over the impact of the Coronavirus. I hope in some way I can cast a positive light on this situation and cause a turnaround in how this is being viewed by the majority of people in the world.
Every single problem in your life also represents an opportunity. It’s a matter of how you look at it. Granted the Coronavirus has disrupted our everyday life in excruciating ways. That is true. Yes, the Coronavirus has caused severe economic hardship to individuals, businesses and organizations. And yes, the Coronavirus has caused human beings to suffer greatly. While I will not be specifically addressing the suffering in this post, I wrote a post titled How to Be Happy When You Are Suffering or Life is Bad from November 15, 2019, which may be helpful to you now depending on your ability to deal with suffering. I address the financial impacts later on in this post. We all understand the negative impact of the Coronavirus on our lives.
Yet the same disruption offers you a golden opportunity. The Coronavirus offers you a moment in time to completely change your life for the better because this situation offers you the gift of time. You now have time that you have longed for and yearned for. It just didn’t come in the way that you expected it. Time is precious. Life is precious. You have the gift of unplanned time even though it has come in a somewhat shocking way and with some hefty consequences.
So many of you are filled with such worry, anxiety, depression or panic that you are not functioning or you are not functioning well right now. I understand. I have compassion for where you are. My request is that you read this post in full with an open mind and heart. Are you willing to have this Coronavirus be a golden opportunity for you and your life? Are you willing to do what it takes such that when you look back, all negatives aside, you can see that the Coronavirus was overall a very positive and life changing event – where your life changed for the better? Do you believe that is even possible? Or do you want to be a victim to all that you have lost? Do you want to be happy and productive during this unplanned interruption to your life? It’s okay whatever you choose, just be clear that you are choosing your point of view.
I am talking about a shift in your thinking. I am talking about a shift in how you do life. A shift in how you live life – a positive earth-shattering gift to yourself. To help you make the shift I am going to address a few key areas, which deal with your emotions and perspective.
Reality vs. Fiction/Rational vs Irrational fears and behaviors
Having spend two decades dealing with health issues with people that I love – I happen to know a lot more about health and wellness than the average person. Part of what is happening in society and the world is not based on fact, statistics or reality. You have a much, much higher chance of dying from a number of things you are exposed to in everyday life than you will ever have from the Coronavirus. At this stage, I hate to go into how much higher your chances of dying are from more common life events and situations because you are already in a heightened state of worry and fear and I believe that would be more harmful than helpful. I have all kinds of statistics about how people die in the U.S. at least and it’s not pretty. Suffice to say, your chances of dying are significantly higher by umpteen percent from things other than the Coronavirus.
Given that the statistics and facts do not support the level of fear, panic and worry that is present in society then we have to look at the fact that what you are concerned about falls into the irrational category. With most things shut down and people practicing good handwashing hygiene, social distancing, etc. – things are under control. Having had a child with no immune system for too many years, I know about how germs are spread and how to avoid catching a cold or the flu. One of the reasons that colds and the flu spreads at all is because people walk around in life when they are sick and not always out of necessity.
It’s clearly not necessary for someone to go to church when they are sneezing or coughing – yet they do. We have become cavalier about sending kids to school sick, about going to work sick, about doing everything sick. Hopefully that has changed. We would ALL be better off – all year round – IF people would just stay home when they are sick. Doctors and the medical community have been banging the drums for many years about the overuse of antibiotics for bacterial infections to the point that it is a severe problem because the bacteria have changed such that the bacteria have become resistant to many antibiotics. Meaning antibiotics don’t have the same effectiveness. I won’t address the severity of this issue in this post because it’s too involved. TRUST ME – IF we can get the people of the U.S. and the World to STAY HOME when they are sick – WE will ALL benefit in ways that you can’t imagine. Bottom line: The panic, fears, worry and concern over the Coronavirus are irrational unless you have been traveling or exposed to someone who actually has the virus.
Managing your emotions of panic, fear, anxiety, worry, depression, etc.
I understand you are feeling panic, fear, anxiety, worry, depression and so on. I want to help you deal with your emotions so that you can get unstuck and move to a more functional, productive and empowered position during this time and moving forward. Overall, speaking in general, we live in a world where happiness is an elusive concept and unhappiness, anxiety, worry and fear run the day. I don’t work like that. As a result, I blog about how to be happy and have joy in your life. If you experience anxiety, depression and worries NORMALLY or typically, of course you would have increased anxiety, worry, depression and when life gets disrupted. Because what else could happen? It is your normal way of functioning in life so the Coronavirus would exacerbate that.
While I am not a psychotherapist or medical professional in any regard, what I am an expert in is how to function powerfully in life without many worries, little anxiety and low amounts of fear even under traumatic circumstances. I say that as full self-disclosure so you don’t get the wrong idea and think that I am a therapist or medical professional. Apparently, I am an expert in dealing with trauma and the habits, practices, coping mechanisms, attitudes and beliefs to function well during a trauma.
I believe much of the unhappiness, depression, health problems and anxiety can be traced to the fact that people, in general, are not directing their own lives. We graduate from high school (hopefully), either go to college or trade school or get a job and life begins. We often then become like hamsters on a wheel going around and around and around again. Most people rarely stop and actively engage in directing and planning their future. We just go through life. Life just happens. Given the statistics on the lack of happiness in the world, which over the years is increasing, we are generally speaking not too happy in life.
What would happen if you used the Coronavirus as an opportunity to actively think about what YOU want your future to look like? If you could create your future to be anything imaginable, then what would it look like? What are your hopes and dreams for the future and your life? What would make you happy? What would inspire you? What would you create IF you believed that you could have any future that you can think of? This, in and of itself, is scary to some people because there’s a certain level of resignation in society. There’s a certain level of “this is just how it is for me” mentality. That’s all fine and good. It’s just not a powerful position to take. I am inviting you to stop and use this time to draw a line in the sand and alter the trajectory of your future.
When you take charge of your own life and you are intentionally taking actions to get you where you want to be, you will naturally have less anxiety and worry. When you are creating a life that you want, of course you would experience little or no depression because you would be creating a life that makes you happy! If you are creating your future – a future you have freely chosen – then you should experience a great deal of happiness, peace, satisfaction and joy. After all, you are doing what you have decided. We, as a society, are overrun with problems and issues and we lack (in my opinion) the skills, habits and practices to FUNCTION WELL in life. That is what my blog is all about – how to function well in life and be happy no matter what.
I recently blogged about worry and fear in a post titled: Worry & Fear Hurt Your Health: 15 Tips to Overpower Fear & Worry & Start Taking Risks, March 4, 2020. That will help you with taking steps to permanently reduce worry and fear. In my layperson opinion, having coached people for many years – once people have a plan for their future and start taking the actions to achieve their dream life – it is magical. It is so awesome I can hardly speak! It is miraculous. It brings me to tears. YOU might want to consider your future. You might want to consider your dream life. You might want to read ALL of my blog posts starting from the beginning because there are 30 FREE juicy posts packed with ideas and suggestions on how to get more LOVE in your life and be HAPPY. Right now, you have the unplanned gift of time so you have plenty of time to read posts designed to empower you and help you be happier!
For now, in the short term – just choose. Just choose to finish reading this post, look over the ideas on what you could be doing, and just start. If your mind is occupied doing a task you will have less mental ability to worry. You could choose to be happy about the gift of time you have been given. That is up to you. Keep reading.
With the stock market as far down as it is or has been, there are obvious financial concerns. I do not take financial concerns lightly – ever. And as someone starting over at 58 with pretty much nothing, I have more empathy and compassion for the financial hit you have taken with your retirement or investments. What I know from my limited knowledge of the stock market is that they periodically go down, think of the Great Depression, but the stock market ALWAYS comes back up. Or at least in all of history it always comes up. It just takes time and enough people to be reasonable and rational and not hit the panic button. Hitting the panic button almost always makes things worse. In the stock market and investment world – it always makes things worse in my opinion.
You may have lost 25% or more of your retirement or investments. Let the dust settle and let life get back to normal and then you can make a financial plan. Then you can plan for how to deal with your new financial situation. What is not going to help you is to panic and sell your investments at a loss. Then you really are at a loss. Talk to your financial advisor. Study the stock market to better understand what to do when it goes down. Do NOT panic. That’s just not going to helpful!
When all of my money was taken fraudulently, once I recovered from the shock that neither law enforcement, the FBI nor the judicial system was going to get my money returned to me, I sucked it up and I planned. I have a bold and beautiful plan, which I am working on every day. Breathe. Do the mental processing of your emotions and then when the opportunity presents itself you can come up with a plan for the future. Just don’t make hasty decisions. Have faith that things will work out.
If you are a pessimist, then that’s a tall order. If you don’t know about the self-fulfilling prophecy, then it’s high time you understood that concept. What you believe will happen mostly does. What you believe will not happen – often doesn’t happen. There’s more psychology behind that – look it up. For now, just have faith that things will work out.
52 Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Life Better
While the Coronavirus poses problems and issues and has resulted in financial and other losses, this time doesn’t have to be a complete negative time in your life. You could shift your mindset and take advantage of the opportunity the Coronavirus affords you. You could use this time and the gift of time it provides to better yourself and your life. You could even have fun and be happy during this time. If you can shift your view and probably change some of your behaviors then it is entirely possible that you could look back on this period as a life-changing event that altered your future for the better. That could happen. Will it happen? It’s hard to say because the choice is yours. Here is what I can say with some certainty: The more you enjoy this “break” the quicker it will come to an end. The more you allow yourself to suffer – the longer it will go on. Humm. Which of those is more empowering?
The entire point of my blog is to help people LOVE their LIVES. You can learn to be happy despite your circumstances. When you learn to be able to generate your own happiness separate from your circumstances then you have the power to be happy regardless of what is going on around you or in your life. That is a powerful way to live life. How can I help you get through this time? What do you need to be able to start feeling better and being productive? I care deeply about you having a great life. Now. Not tomorrow. Let me know what I can provide to help you get there.
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Lisa A. Lundy, B.S., DTM
Author of The Love.Life. ™ Book (Due out July 2020)
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