Just 6 months ago, everyone was hopeful and excited as we welcomed 2020. Like many, I was very excited for this new decade. On the education front, high school and college seniors were excited to be the graduating CLASS OF 2020. After all, it does have a nice ring to it!

Who knew that the coronavirus would make a significant impact on how we live???

Just yesterday, more than 48,000 coronavirus cases were announced across the U.S. Obviously, this is news we don’t want to hear. These last 3 ½ months have been challenging, to say the least. But remember…when times get tough, you have 2 choices: either let the situation define you OR let it strengthen you.
Some of the wisest people I’ve met have lived an interesting life full of ups and downs. Inspite of the disappointments which included financial problems, heartbreaks, sickness and the loss of loved ones, they were able to overcome the feelings of hopelessness and despair. They rose above the challenges, and somehow learned to be grateful for life itself.
In the midst of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, here are some helpful tips to help us grow stronger mentally, emotionally and spiritually:

Being positive is a sign of leadership and strength. When you have a positive mindset, you are able to move forward with your life, inspite of the circumstances.

Life isn’t perfect, but it is interesting. The struggles we experience help us grow. They make us stronger so that we can fulfill our purpose in life.

In the midst of hard times, it’s easy to look around and see people who seem to be doing just fine. The truth is, they are struggling just like you.

No matter how bad your personal or financial situation may be, there are people out there who are going through situations that are even worse.

We must learn to be grateful and appreciative. When I get up every morning, I am thankful that I am still breathing. I am grateful for the roof over my head. I have learned to appreciate my friends and my family even more.

As I go through my day, I don’t take things for granted. In fact, every little thing is extraordinary. I am happy every time I go to the grocery store because it means I have money to buy essentials.

Be grateful and appreciative for all the small things in your life. When you put the small things all together you will see how significant these things really are.

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Edna Dimataga-Fernandez
Edna Dimataga-Fernandez founded The Wellness Institute in 2013. The company utilizes a holistic model of wellness consulting focusing on the 6 dimensions of organizational well-being: physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual & financial health. The Wellness Institute provides holistic health assessments, corporate well-being workshops & wellness consultations with holistic health practitioners. Wellness-Spring, the company’s holistic health store, sells organic & non-toxic health & beauty products. A portion of the proceeds is donated back to causes that support women, children, health, wellness & education. She has worked & consulted for companies in the insurance & financial services industry, the medical & behavioral health field and the non-profit sector. Edna holds a B.A. in Economics from UCLA and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. She is a Past President (2010-11) of the National Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors - Los Angeles Chapter and is an approved Continuing Education Provider for the California Department of Insurance.