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Published on April 21, 2020

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Tips for Staying Upbeat

When your world is turned upside down, it can be difficult to remain positive.

Avera Medical Group Integrative Medicine Certified Health Coaches Kandace Brands and Rebecca Hanzen offer these ideas for relieving stress, keeping anxiety in check and just living as best we can in the face of challenges.

Continue to reach out to people, even if this may mean setting up virtual meetings or calling friends/family. “We still need people. We are not meant to walk alone, so reach out,” Brands said.

Reflect on what’s truly good. Our greatest power as human beings is love. If you are working, shine through your encouragement and love from there. At home, create as many great memories as you can with the ones you love.

Be present. While it’s important to stay informed, avoid dwelling on the news and sadness.

Stay active. Use exercise videos at home or get out for walks as the weather gets warmer. “We remind everyone that all exercise should be done under the advisement of your physician,” Hanzen said.

Experience togetherness. Ask your family members what they want to do and if possible make those things happen. Play cards, read more, get crafty – and enjoy. When you can, make time to pray together.

“Leaning on not only each other but the shared importance of leaning on our Lord is a mighty and powerful gift for yourself and your loved ones,” Hanzen said. Cook together, clean together, exercise together, be together.

“We need each other at times like these,” Brands added.

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