March 30

Motivation Mondays: Thoughts & Tips on #COVID-19

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“This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for rationality, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together, and we can only stop it together.” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO

Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #Covid19
Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #Covid19
Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on Covid19
Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #Covid19

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Nelson Mandela
Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. Nido Qubein
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do. Eleanor Roosevelt

Thoughts and Tips on Covid-19 – Some Background: In the fall of 2019, a mysterious and serious illness surfaced in Wuhan, China. Researchers soon identified it as severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 with devastating outcomes in the region. Lives were lost as acute respiratory and organ failure were markers of the disease. By February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) renamed the novel Coronavirus as Covid-19 and, as it spread across the globe, called it a pandemic. Today, according to WHO, there are 210 affected countries, 2.8M cases, and 196k deaths … and other sources show it rising. In the USA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC) numbers are equally sobering with 928k affected cases and 52k deaths… and rising.

My state, New York, is now a major epicenter of the spread in the US and we are doing our best to contain it and follow the safety directives and orders from our very able Governor, Andrew Cuomo. The last two weeks have been a harrowing lesson in how lives can change in a matter of days. The impact on the economy and daily life as we know it is huge. The physical and mental concerns grow every day. Some form of paranoia is gripping our communities as we look at each other wondering: Does he/she have it? Is that itch in my throat/eye a sign? Am I next? Are you next? These are honest concerns and the harsh reality is that we need to be supremely careful and do our darndest to stay healthy. We need to find outlets to help us stay positive, we need to stay accurately informed, and we need to act in ways that keep us and others safe.  We now have a slew of vocabulary words that have become ubiquitous; social distancing, pandemic, novel corona, epicenter, panic buying/hoarding, self-isolation, quarantine, shelter-in-place, containment, lockdown, triage, front liners, non-essential services, toilet paper tyrants, virus vampires, and more…

Covid-19 in My Community: When the news first came out about a case in New Rochelle, Westchester County, I suspect most of us who live in Westchester County felt that it would be contained there and not spread to the rest of the county. But it did. It spread to all of our neighboring counties and, as the numbers and casualties increased, the casual approach many had adopted was quickly replaced by one of grave concern.  I live in Westchester County and, for a few weeks, we went about our business as usual; going to work, shopping, taking gym classes, going to the movies, and gathering for all sorts of events.  As the numbers grew and our Governor started implementing stricter guidelines, panic set in. Soon, our schools shut down, non-essential businesses were told to close, people started rushing to stores to stock up on essentials and the hoarders were in full swing grabbing multiples of everything off the shelves. Hand sanitizers, toilet paper, and paper towels were the first to fly off the shelves and disappear.

I remember going to Bed, Bath and Beyond, before the panic buying set in, to pick up towels one day and I saw a huge vat of sanitizers upstairs. Within a couple of days, they were all GONE and things haven’t changed much since. Initially, I went out shopping, as usual, picking up extra items for my home. The lines were so long at Costco that I simply stopped going there because it occurred to me that standing in a long line for 45 minutes was not safe; social distancing wasn’t the norm yet.  Instead, I went to my local Sam’s Club, Trader Joe’s,  Stop and Shop, and Whole Foods either very early or late. As time went by, I stopped going to places with any large gathering of people, including the stores.  Maybe because this is the suburbs, it is a bit easier to self-isolate. We drive to everything and our private spaces are not as confined as New York City. That said, we still feel the impact and the loss of life and freedoms. It’s a very surreal experience. This is a time of great anxiety but, don’t forget that there are tons of resources out there. Throughout my post, I’ve added some that I’ve turned to and there is more. Have faith and do not despair. There is a light at the end of the tunnel as this pandemic is forcing us all to go within for answers and to spend time indoors refocused on a new way of being. What are you doing differently? How are you coping?
UPDATE: With our Shelter-in-Place/Lockdown orders entering its 3rd month, and still in effect till the end of the month and perhaps beyond, many New Yorkers are now in need of masks and financial assistance to stay afloat.

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Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. Khalil Gibran

Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #Covid19
Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #Covid19
Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #Covid19
Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #Covid19

UPDATE: 111 Days of daily meetings and updates from our very own and beloved Governor Andrew Cuomo ends today 6/19/20. Infection rates in NY are down. Most of us are being considerate and wearing masks, washing our hands regularly, and maintaining social distance when we go outside. Those who don’t we hope will reconsider because there is still no cure and the virus is particularly brutal to high-risk people. Dear Gov, Thank you for your leadership. You led with clarity and compassion. Grateful to be a New Yorker #NewYorkTough #gratitude

Stay safe, vigilant, and prayerful all.

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We are only at the beginning of this fight, we need to stay calm, stay united, and work together. Gam Kim Yong
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it. Judy Blume

What Can We Do To Stay Sane/Positive?: How are you doing today? What are you doing to stay healthy and mentally strong? For starters, stay accurately informed through the CDC and WHO.  Another important action to take is to cut back on excessive media consumption. There is so much negative and fake news circulating that it can become quite overwhelming. Go to the two health sites mentioned above, maybe add your local news channel and a couple of reputable newspapers and magazines and ignore the rest. Respect the directives of your government. Listen to what your state/national leaders share daily and follow the instructions.
Nourish your body and mind with good, positive, healing foods. In the mad rush to stock up, people have been loading up on snacks and processed foods. Remember that fresh produce, fruits and vegetables, and healthy proteins will support the immune system and help us stay well. Buy them too! Eat healthy meals, Vitamin C, fluids, replenish fresh foods, and maintain a meal routine to avoid panic or stress binging. Exercise Safely. I take Restorative Yoga classes (via zoom) 3-4 days a week, and long daily nature walks with an audible book in tow. I come home refreshed and inspired. Stay fit by taking quiet nature walks, running outside away from crowds, doing yoga and other exercises at home. Play uplifting music you love and dance away. All of those actions will bring a positive flow of energy to your space.   Stay connected to your support system. Communicate with loved ones. Social distancing doesn’t mean total isolation so check-in, by phone and safe ways, with loved ones and other supportive communities.

What More? Gratitude. Learn a skill. Manage Finances: Go within/Pray and be grateful to our front liners/ first responders. We are all going through this together and reconnecting to a life of spirit and prayer is key to staying calm in this storm. Gratitude is equally important as we can’t thank our first responders and front liners enough for their bravery. We can’t thank our essential service providers enough; hospitals, law enforcement, groceries, banks, mail, gas, food, and med delivery staff, and so many others out there risking their lives to help us survive. We can do our part by not endangering their lives by careless socializing and germ spreading. Pray. Meditate. Reflect. Daily prayer and chants/meditation sustain me and I go to YouTube to listen to more. Read your spiritual texts and delve deep into the word of God. Play uplifting hymns, songs, bhajans, and relax with the sounds as music is both healing and uplifting.
Read and/or try Audible (books on tape) This is a great time to catch up on your reading, writing, and overall learning. It is a unique time to work on brushing up on new skills. Develop your Creative outlets by doing some form of artistic expression now that you have the time to sit and do it. Try cooking/baking, redecorating your space by moving things around and cleaning up areas that need attention. Volunteer: Reach out safely to help those in need in your community and/or contribute whenever you can. You can even participate in a virtual volunteer program. Send well wishes out to everyone in our global communities as we are in this pandemic together. No community is truly immune. So many of us independent contractors have lost income so, it is imperative to be careful with our money. Manage your cash carefully and avoid endless online/instore shopping expeditions. Hoarding deprives others of necessary items. More will be available. Trust. Faith. Believe.
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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for FEB – MAR 2020 are:

02/01 – 01 World Read Aloud Day
02/02 – 02 Ground Hog Day, 04 World Cancer Day, 06 Zero Tolerance for FGM, 07 National Wear Red Day
02/09 – 09 Academy Awards, 11 Women and Girls in Science Day, 13 Galentine’s Day, 14 Valentine’s Day
02/16 – 17 Presidents Day, 18 Drink Wine Day, 20 World Day of Social Justice
02/23 – 25 Mardi Gras, 26 Ash Wednesday


03/01 – 01 Zero Discrimination Day
03/08 – 08 International Women’s Day, 13 World Sleep Day, 14 Pi Day
03/15 – 15 Consumer Rights Day, 17 St Patrick’s Day, 19 Start of Spring, 20 International Day of Happiness, 21 World Poetry Day
03/22 – 22 World Water Day, 25 Day of Remembrance of Slavery, 28 Earth Hour
03/29 – 29 Veterans Day


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“We need to be prepared for disruptions to our daily lives, and changes to how we do things. But I am confident that if we stay united, with a whole-of-society effort, we can get through this together as a nation…” Gam Kim Yong Minister for Health, Singapore

Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #COVID-19
Motivation 2020: Thoughts & Tips on #COVID-19
Motivation Mondays: Thoughts & Tips on #COVID-19
Motivation Mondays: Thoughts & Tips on #COVID-19

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For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence; he will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Psalm 91:3-4
We will come out of this storm. In the coming days, we have to stay calm and confident. And for sure, we will overcome this moment of despair. How long this will last cannot be ascertained. But the one thing that we can be sure of is that we will not be the same anymore. Avijeet Das

What Other Tips and Thoughts Can you Share? Are you nourishing your body, mind, and spirit well? One day, while I was walking on the Croton Aqueduct, I noticed that someone had taken the time to write notes and plant or place them along the path. It was a very heartwarming gesture and I stopped to read each one and take a photo. These are the sort of things that bring us together in a positive way during a crisis and we can do our share. Each kind act reverberates out to encourage us to do more kind acts and our minds and spirit benefit from the joy it brings to our hearts. There is so much we can do to stay healthy and mentally strong. Follow the dictates of your government, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) and safely nourish your body, mind, and spirit with positive messages and actions. Let us not forget that during this season of change, toxic relationships are under great strain too. Domestic violence might even increase. There are people living in great fear of their domestic partners. There are poor families going to bed with no food and no healthcare insurance for other ailments. Let us do our part to ease the pain and be the ears and eyes of those who can’t speak or care for themselves. We can call the authorities on their behalf, we can share an uplifting word or an extra hand sanitizer. Every little bit helps. We are all children of the same creation, of the one God.

Again, maintain a positive attitude by monitoring your media consumption and remembering to be thankful for the good around you. It is still important to stay accurately informed, positive, and focused on what truly matters to us as a global community. Personal and public hygiene is paramount so keep that in mind and don’t be careless with your bodily fluids. Be mindful of others when you cough, sneeze or spit. Wash your hands. Get lots of rest, nature walks, prayers, nourishing foods, herbal teas, Vitamins, and sunlight…  Check out online spiritual services and positive information sites/sessions to boost your spirit. My Pastor shared some things to do during our online service so check them out in the photos above. and think of others that work for you. Don’t forget to share in the comments.

These are unprecedented times and we need to find that glimmer of hope and trust that God is fully in charge. This is also a season for reflection, compassion, and hibernation. Use the time wisely and don’t fritter it away on anger, hate, or trivia. Make it matter. Psalm 91 has been a source of great comfort and calm for me so, I’ve shared it below. Please keep everyone in our global communities in your hearts and prayers. Sending all of you positive thoughts, wisdom vibes, and more. Share your thoughts and tips. Suggest some online resources and I will add them.  Stay safe, healthy, positive, blessed, and encouraged!
Online Services: Northway Church
Lakewood Church
READ: The Three Equations for a Happy Life, Even During a Pandemic


Psalm 91 Assurance of God’s Protection 
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
2 will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
4 he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand;
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge,[a]
the Most High your habitation,
10 no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.
11 For he will give his angels charge of you
to guard you in all your ways.
12 On their hands, they will bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
14 Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he knows my name.
15 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 With long life, I will satisfy him,
and show him my salvation.



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  • I’m keeping my family at home. Our life really hasn’t changed a whole lot since both my husband and I have always had the ability to work from home. The biggest change has been having our kids at home and adapting to homeschooling while the kids are out of school. We stocked up on food when the first cases came to the United States.

  • I guess I am blessed to be living in a remote area, but the virus has finally reached us now. It likely won’t spread as much or as quickly as it does in the big cities, but it is still scary.

  • Thank you so much for blogging!
    Your Thoughts & Tips on #COVID-19 are a real treasure! 🙂

  • This thing is so scary. We’re sheltering in place and keeping our distance from everyone and everything. We’ve been getting in a lot of game, reading, and family time, though.

  • I love hearing your thoughts about it. its been a struggle for me but I am trying to stay positive.

  • I think that by the time this is all over…we will have a new version of normal. It will be interesting to see what that normal is.

  • I’m in SE Texas and we’ve been home for three weeks now. My boys have been out of school since March 6 and March 13 and we’ve been doing their distant learning. We haven’t gone anywhere as the numbers are ramping up in the Houston area, too. It’s scary and so much unknown. My older son is having a really hard time because he is an extrovert and so many things with friends have been canceled. But we are home, and we are safe, and we are healthy so I can’t complain too much in the grand scheme of things.

  • It almost feels like we’re in a movie. I can’t wait for all of this to be behind us

  • One of the positives coming out of the pandemic is the bringing together of communities to help each other during this time of need. We have to keep focusing on positives and doing our part, even if that means just staying home.

  • i love this verse that you shared – under his wings, you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. thanks for another inspiring post. definitely need to pray for our first responders on the front lines.

  • I love how informative all of your posts are but you always find a way to boost positivity and motivation through your collages!

  • Oh yes, stay sane is tricky, but with meditaion and yoga… stay clean, stay safe!
    Cheers from Stockholm Sweden 🙂

  • I think we are all just grieving the loss of our day to day lives right now so we all need to work together to make it through!

  • It is very important to maintain a good mental health during this extreme days. At least we can use this time to learn and grow, we need to be prepared for what is comming. Thank you for sharing your tips on how to stay positive!

  • Those are some great tips. These are really trying times amidst COVID 19 threat. Thanks for sharing these.

  • Good morning Elizabeth. Thank you for your inspiring words and, dare I say it?, motivation. Life has changed. This morning I turned to my journal, last entry January 18th, two and a half months ago and my first thought was, the world has changed in a blink of an eye. How has my life changed? Pretty much as you describe. Now I have daily FaceTime visits with dear ones in Scotland, New Zealand and Hamilton, Winnipeg, Brantford etc. We chat, do Tai Chi together and just blether on. My days are as busy as I choose to make them, some days way too busy.
    I knit and dream mostly I guess. Thinking of you and yours! Stay safe!

    • Thank you Chris,wishing you safety and peace too. These are definitley changing times…

  • Here in Japan it is weird because the number of cases are rising (we just surpassed 200 new cases in a day today) but the government is doing everything but locking down. I think the prime minster is afraid that Japan’s economy will tank and people will not have any money. But, for me, I been able to take off work as I had paid leave and stay inside. Please stay safe and healthy!

  • Numbe one really is stay home. Limit going out to once every two weeks if possible. Wear a mask so that the particles can’t easily get into your system. Gargle with ginger too every day.

    Stay safe.

  • Definitely agree that we should try not to consume all of the media there is about covid-19! Only look at what you need to know and then go do something else 🙂

  • Very positive post about a scary situation. I much appreciated this post, so thank you!

  • I am also social distancing and even though it’s hard, it’s for the best. I hope you are safe and have everything you need. Xo, Nikki

  • Tough times indeed. I take it one day at a time, if not I will have a panic attack. Please stay safe.

  • So far I’m doing okay and trying to stay motivated working from home, though I know it’s going to get harder and harder as the weeks go on, look forward to reading to motivation monday posts

  • What a great post about COVID-19.YOu taught me some things I did not know about this virus. Keep safe and positive.

  • This Covid19 is a wakeup call for everyone. Observing sanitation is a must, prioritizing health among others, and always have extra safety nets. Our lives will change after this pandemic.

  • The Covid-19 is really scary because thousands of people died and infected everyday around the globe. most of business shutting down because of the crisis I hope it will end this soon and always and pray and have a faith!

  • Thanks for this post. It has been heartbreaking to read the news everyday. I do hope COVID-19 is contained soon so we all can live happily again.

  • I really do need to think more about nourishing my body and soul during this time. I admit the stress is getting to me far more than I would like. I need to find balance in the midst of this craziness. And it is weird the stores still have’t fully restocked as if we all have to go and overbuy all the time. I’m just wondering about how much is getting wasted out there.

  • My country is the second in Europe on the severity and number of cases. We have been under lockdown for nearly three weeks now and we hope that the peak will be reached soon and that the number of cases will start to go down. The measures taken here are very strict, you can not go outside unless you have a reason. You can’t go for a walk, and you can’t do sports. It’s been a very difficult period for me, especially because I live alone in a holiday complex community, with no neighbors. The only human contact I have is every evening at 8PM, when the entire neighbourhood gathers on their balconies to applaud the medical care, and then waves at each other. It’s very hard.

  • These new infection this is so overwhelming. Sometimes if I get a little cough I get so scared. I am so meticulous with cleaning now. I don’t leave my house without gloves or masks. I use alcohol 70% to spray it on all my car. This have take control of everything but I just don’t want to get sick I don’t want to have anything to do with that thank you for all

  • Corona Virus really have a great impact on everything. I myself in quarantine since last 15 days. Hope everything will be fine soon 🙏

  • I think that it is so important to focus on how we can help keep ourselves healthy and motivated during this time.

  • We have a lot of deaths here in Belgium too but it didn’t hit us as sudden and hard like in New York 😮

  • it’s so crazy how things have changed so fast. i’m praying that this stop soon. people need to get healthy fast. it’s so sad.

  • This entire crisis is beyond anything I could have ever imagined. We have been home for 16 days now and have at least 30 more to go!

  • I love the line ‘out of suffering comes the strongest of souls’, it’s so true and something we need to remember.

  • Love this post amidst the ocean of negativities! We could all use something positive right now and this post is just what we need.

  • I am happy to read your thoughts on the situation. You proved to be a very wise and openhearted person. I am happy you wrote this post

  • Love the quote at the start of the post. This covid situation has been draining but I will remain firm and strong for my family. Hopefully this goes away soon and keep safe everyone.

  • “This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for rationality, not rumors. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together, and we can only stop it together.”

    Oh so much this! But not just about coronavirus but as a general thought. We need to stop thinking of ourselves as America, Russian etc. But as HUMANS. It seems in our desire to become the “best nation in the World” many of us have forgotten what it’s like to be humane & compassionate. We need to think this way about the planet and our future on it!

  • I love motivation mondays! wow, that was a lot of information and an interesting read while in isolation

  • this is what we need right now – positivity. and during these difficult times, let’s strengthen our faith to God that He will deliver us safe. thank you for sharing!

  • This is such a crazy time for all of us. I definitely can’t wait to see what life looks like on the other side of Covid-19. So many more things to appreciate that we took for granted before. Great post!

  • The biggest thing that stood out to me in this post was to pray. That’s my biggest belief. And that’s what’s kept me positive. Definitely an informative post with lots of tips.

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  • The situation is getting worse every minute and this is very scary. But it will only be stopped if we practice social distancing and stop panic buying. I hope you too stay safe.

  • The world has changed so much in the last few weeks and honestly I’m starting to forget what it was like before. I also live in a hotspot (London, UK) and it sounds like we’ve had a lot of very similar experiences. I’ve never seen my city so empty or heard it so quiet. It’s eerie and scary to think how long it might all last. We’re taking it one day at a time, celebrating little things and channelling our energy in to supporting our community. Stay safe x

  • A great read on how to approach Covid-19. It’s important to have facts, not fear during this uncertain time.

  • These are some great tips and reminder we need to consider more nowadays. We need to stay healthy and keep safe as always.

  • Thank you so much for the inspiration. It’s so easy to get absorbed in the bad news right now. I’ll strive to focus on the positive.

  • I am doing my best to continue my life as it was – minus going out a bunch. I only get the essential groceries when needed and otherwise I am at home going on walks with my family when we need to GET OUT.

  • Great read! A lot of things to do while in home quarantine and motivatinal article like this really helps! Thanks!

  • This has certainly been a stressful few weeks. We are in week three of social distancing and our Governor just issued a stay-at-home mandate. We’ve been taking a lot of car rides and walks through our neighborhood to help ease some of the cabin fever my family of 7 has been feeling. Wishing you lots of luck and good health in April.

  • I too went to a store like Bed Bath and Beyond and could not find any sanitizer! So I now make my own at home. Thank you for the article!

  • I love this one: This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for rationality, not rumors.

  • It’s such an uncertain time. I am trying to not give way to fear and instead focus on gratitude.

  • I definitely needed some motivation to go on. Your tips have come at just the perfect time.

  • Hope you’re coping well there. Things are calm but when you follow the news, you realize that it’s not safe out there. It has really put us all in bad position. We can only hope for this to end soon–and meanwhile to stay home.

  • I believe that this pandemic will be finished soon and everything will be back to normal.

  • on a positive note, I learned how to cook well in this quarantine period…..I can’t depend on take outs so it pushed me to do cooking and it surprise me how well I can cook……

  • Covid 19 has not only disturbed lives, it has destroyed many of them. Hope we all come out of this pandemic very soon.

  • Life has definitely changed! I’m in Toronto and I admire how your governor is handling the situation in New York. The long line ups at the grocery store are definitely inconvenient, but I am using this time to improve my skills – there are many free courses available online at the moment!

  • Another amazing collection, and very much needed during this crazy and overwhelming time! Thank you for putting this together! 🙂

  • We are keeping busy (and social distancing!) over here in NJ. My husband unfortunately is an essential worker in NYC, so yes it is a very scary place to be right now! Spreading like wildfire – and definitely not enough cleaners/hand sanitizers.

  • As always inspiring others. Another great post. Thank you for sharing!

  • Staying positive during this time is very important. I think looking at the positive side, one could say Earth got a chance to breathe. Covid-19 has brought everything to halt and it is an uncertain time but hopefully this would end soon

  • thanks for the tips on COVID 19, but it is a little overwhelming. There is a lot here, now I am more scared than I was before.

  • This is a very challenging time for all of us… all over the world. We’re all in this together and with God’s grace, we can overcome this dilemma…soon. Stay safe and healthy.

  • What a wonderful post. I have been steering off of watching too much fake news and only taking in the national news for about 30 mins just to catch up. The amount of videos I see in my personal number via whats app and viber etc are tooo much. Thank you for this positive post.

  • These are really tough times for the whole humanity. Hope we can come out of this crisis very soon!!

  • Good tips, I’m focued on making my immune system stronger and stronger every day by eating certain food that help with that.

  • This is a very challenging times. Until the vaccines is available, all we can do is follow the govt advice, stay at home and wait.

  • Definitely some important things to consider here. It took me about 2 weeks to get a good routine down.

  • This has been such a weird time for all of us. I’m down in Florida and thankfully, it hasn’t been too bad here… yet. Where I live we really don’t have a ton of cases in my city but we’ve had a safer at home mandate for almost 4 weeks now and many people have been staying home which may be helping. Hopefully this will pass soon. Great post, you’ve got a ton of great information.

  • These are so many great tips for dealing with this situation. You can never have enough.

  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts on covid19. It’s a crazy time right now and hoping things get back to norrnal soon.

  • It is important to take time off social media and news. Maintaining a healthy mind during a lockdown is not an easy job. Thanks for sharing your motivational thoughts.

  • I think it’s really important to make sure you are getting your info from reliable sources through all of this. There is so much hype and misinformation floating around.

  • Thank you for this detailed article. I have a lot of family in New York right now and I pray for them everyday. Hoping things go back to normal soon.

  • When it comes to COVID19, all we just to do at this time, is stay calm, remain positive and live positively to overcome it.

  • It is certaiinly different now with the virus scare. Lets hope globally we can find a way through before we loose too many lives and the world economies collapse.

  • We aren’t going out of the house (except to bike or walk in the neighborhood), that’s what has changed. We are just taking things one day at a time. Since we already liked to cook before and tend to try to keep well-stocked on staples, we’ve been experimenting with trying new dishes based on what we have on hand, minimizing the need for fresh things from the store until our garden comes in this summer.

  • you always put together such a great assembly of scripture and quotes. psalm 91 is an excellent choice for sure. stay safe!

  • Until the Covid-19 vaccine is available, all we can do is follow the available safety protocol. We have to be patient.

  • Those are some great tips and thanks for sharing them. Hope everyone keeps safe and help contribute flatten the curve.

  • I agree when you said we are in this together and together we will win this battle. I am thankful for this motivation.

  • I hope that we will all come out of this pandemic wiser and more human, if that’s a way of describing. Many of us are going through this alone and it definitely has taught us some valuable lessons about ourselves and the human interaction.

  • Your blog post contains much info indeed! The present crisis is a time when motivation helps everyone to keep going.

  • “courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” I love that. Going to put it on my inspiration board!

  • I am trying really hard to stay positive by meditating, and keeping to a routine. Those things really help me.

  • Read a ton on this virus or whatever it may be. I have formed my own point of view on what it really is. Just wash your hands, keep a distance, focus on what is important, stay calm – a few things I am doing these days.

  • This is such a hard time right now. I know for me I choose to stay home, but when I am told to stay home it drives me crazy. I used to only go out on the weekends anyways to the grocery store, thrift store or other family activities and I am now going stir-crazy being cooped up 7 days a week. Thank you for sharing. Very inspirational.

  • I myself have a lot of thoughts on it. I think it is getting too much attention; but it shouldn’t be taken lightly.

  • It’s interesting to see the change and fear in others as this pandemic continues. I’ve heard and seen some things that make we worry about tomorrow. Not because of the virus, but because of people’s reactions and ways they treat others.

  • Thank you for inspiring us with your post. I am positive that this will pass after it made us stronger.

  • I love how you emphasized cutting back from media consumption. There are so much going on online right now, some are spreading fake news. Some are real news but they are overwhelming. We should take care of our mental health to avoid stressing ourselves too much.

  • Thank you for this article. A great way to inspire and motivate ourselves especially for what’s going on now. We should feel optimistic about the future and hope and pray that it will go soon. Btw, I will be reposting the Psalms verse, thank you!

  • We really need to abide by the rules. Proper hygiene and hand washing is a must! Also, use protective equipment such as mask. Help flatten the curve!

  • So many blessings in this time of covid 19 pandemic. We are thought to be sensitive. To be considerate of others and share our blessings. We discover that we are still humans beings with a pure heart of gold and only wish for good things for others and for his country.

  • I think it’s important to stay informed, safe, and optimistic. It’s been such a difficult few weeks.

  • Thanks for the tips! I cannot wait until this is over. I am ready to leave the house!

  • Thanks you for explaining COVID-19. Due these times we need to make sure that we take care of eachother.

  • First of all thank you for sharing such amazing post that is very informative. Your blog definitely makes us uplift our spirit on this trouble times, can’t wait for your next motivation for us.

  • There is so much false and misleading tips about covid19 right now that spreading the right information is priceless. Thank you!

  • Absolutely….time to learn, and use what we’ve learned to brave through this. I’ve made it a Practice to NOT talk about the virus. We’re multidimensional people that have a lot more to talk about 🙂

  • Shopping has become a major hassle during these times. Families with children are having to get creative at stores that won’t allow children or only 1 person per family. I pray this ends quickly.

  • These are definitely unprecedented times! I appreciate your tips on how to cope with it!!!

  • Thanks for the motivation on Covid. It’s though trying to stay positive right now, and your post is very helpful in having the right frame of mind to get through this mess. Thanks!

  • Same here – I slowly stopped going to place with a lot of people before just staying at home!

  • Got shooked on this article as its helpful with our situation nowadays, nice one and thanks for sharing here 🙂

  • Well I couldn’t agree more about now is the time for facts not fear miss information rumours and speculation. If anything this pandemic has taught me again to filter the news and to seek out only the credible content from sources that I trust. Great quotes and this is very inspirational post, so thank you!

  • It is really essential to have facts about these disease especially with so many rumors and opinions out there. This is a disease without precedence so we really need to listen to the health professionals and leaders and follow the rules however restrictive they seem.

  • It was helpful to me to uncover these facts:

    Annually, the flu season (technically: illnesses presented with Flu-Like symptoms) claims between 300,000 and 650,000 lives globally.
    In the United States, there averages 61,000 deaths per year attributed to the flu.

    Be well,


  • Beautiful post. We all need to support and encourage each other. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great article. Our community is going through similar changes and I too miss going to my usual stores like Bed Bath and Beyond and Trader Joes. Please stay safe and healthy.

  • I’m sorry it’s so bad where you live. We have just been staying inside and not socializing with anyone. Thankfully, it hasn’t spread too much where we live since it’s a sprawl state. Keep safe!

  • All help right now, is so valuable. In fact I’ve been spending much of my free time going through various articles — news or whatever — so that I may safeguard my health and that of my family.

    Hope you are safe as well.

  • These are unprecedented times. Your post is really timely. Hoping for this disaster to end soon.

  • very informative and insightful post. The covid19 will change the world a real turn over. The world will never be the same again. Thanks for the motivational post.

  • Thanks for this wonderful post. I hope and pray that this pandemic will be over soon.

  • I really hope we can get rid of this awful disease. I miss traveling like crazy

  • Thanks for this useful & informative sharing as guidance to stay positive during this COVID19 pandemic. Let’s stay safe & together gather we can beat it

  • My mom started developing anxiety when the lock down started. She uses her smartphone a lot and is exposed to all sort of news that made her a bit paranoid. One day, I told her to uninstall her social media and gave her links to websites that has live coverage of worship service here in our country. So it’s like attending a mass without going to the church. Thanks for these tips!

  • amazing how much things have changed in a few short weeks. Initially my workplace planned on reopening at the end of March and here we are almost May!

  • I’ve totally agree with everything you’ve cited. Such a wonderful post that promote inspirational and encourage everybody to be in this together to help reduce and control our situation.

  • Thanks for the links to useful videos. This is indeed a great read. I’ll be bookmarking this for future read.

  • Psalm 91 is a great scripture during times like this. I had not realized you were in NYC. Please stay safe!!

  • So inspiring! I love motivational mantras. Thank you so much for sharing, I might be sending some soon.

  • This is such a positive way to seek motivation! And I love your writing style.

  • Another well researched and interesting read, at this point it’s all about staying safe and getting by

  • Thank you so much for all the motivation! I love facts over fear! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • this is a difficult time for everyone, it a time to reflect, comfort others and not to despair.

  • Glad to have a roof over my head, food infront of me, and my family safe so far. I wish this pandemic would be over with that.

  • I’m coping by spending quality time with my toddlers and focusing more effort on my website and content creation. Hang in there, everyone!

  • Aside from staying home, one of the most effective ways to stay safe is to eat healthy food instead of those processed and food with tons of sugar. We need to strengthen our immune system.

  • It is indeed important to have a healthy mind, body and spirit in times like this. This period is a great time for us to reflect about what is actually going on with our own lives.

  • During this difficult time, it is very important to stay calm, aware and positive. This is such a nice post for being optimistic about the future. Thank you for sharing this!

  • This is so true. It’s so easy to get caught in the fear factor but listening to the facts and taking the necessary safety tips is what is necessary.

    • I agree. Here in Australia, we only listen from the government updates about the COVID-19, and follow the government’s guidelines (coz it won’t hurt to follow). We are grateful that we finally made it, and slowly back to normal.

  • I can relate to the reception of the news in your area. It was similar for us here. We thought it would be contained somehow but things got out of hand so quickly.

  • It’ll be interesting to look back on these insights a year from now, two years from now. Even a couple months from now!

  • Thanks for this very comprehensive list. Most people are on the internet right now. I think the best for us is to cut our media consumption as the environment is really toxic now…

  • Thinking of your state New York. You all have been hit so hard! Love your outlook of health and gratitude.💕

  • Thanks for your post!! Really its very useful
    Post at this situation.. glad that you’re helathy!!

  • Covid and quarantine has really been such an interesting and scary time. I live in Florida and it’s been a real roller coaster here. There’s a lot of great information here though. I’d say some of the biggest things I’ve learned from medical professionals is vitamin D, sunlight, and zinc. It may not be a cure-all or an immediate fix but these thing really help in supporting your immune system and that right now is incredibly important. Adding in good foods, exercise, and finding a way to keep yourself positive and motivated are all huge too.

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