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Saying yes to life

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21st July, 2021 04:52 IST

The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has proved to be very stressful for many of us. Social distancing made us feel isolated and lonely. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way is the only thing that can make us, the people we care for and those around us become more resilient to such eventualities.

It is well-known that we react to life in one of two ways. First, we can be positive and constructive. Second, we can be negative and destructive. If we choose the first way, life is seen as a challenge and difficulties as obstacles to be overcome. If we choose the second way, we allow difficulties to defeat us, and they may even hold us back from trying.


To be positive and constructive means saying 'yes' to life and accepting its challenge. When asked to do anything or go anywhere or shoulder responsibility, we say 'yes' by having a go and doing our best. Conversely, when we are negative and destructive, we say 'no', usually, in the form of making excuses for ourselves, perhaps for not even trying, like claiming that we are too busy, or not well enough to do it.

By accepting the challenge of life, we win the respect and trust of those around us. Nothing builds self-confidence so effectively as a series of small successes and achievements in everyday life and as we become more confident, we gain self-reliance and resourcefulness. Think, do not worry - thinking geared to the best way of doing things, such as hard, unpleasant jobs.


 

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