Staying Positive is the Best Crisis Response

by Lani Marcelino

In March 2020, the country began its fight against COVID-19. Now, more than a year later, we are still dealing with the public health crisis brought by the virus. Naturally, we’re all exhausted. The state of our mental health isn’t exactly ideal right now.

Staying positive during these challenging times is tough. We need all the inspiration we can get so we can keep going. Here are some simple-but-significant tips.

  1. Filter information. Get the facts from legitimate sources and ignore fake news. Knowing what is right helps you come up with the suitable response for the challenges you encounter.
  2. Listen to soothing tunes. Music has the power to lift your spirits or calm you down. Instrumental music is usually recommended, but you are free to pick the tunes that work for you. Create a playlist that’s sure to make you feel good.
  3. Stay away from negative people. Don’t spend too much time with negative people. Mind you, there’s a big difference between people with logical complaints and people who complain for the sake of complaining. Being stuck with the latter is simply toxic. Get away from them as soon as you can.
  4. Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for your blessings. Think of the people who love you and the happy moments you shared. Use these as inspiration whenever you feel down.
  5. Live in the present and ditch envy. Don’t be weighed down by the past. Each person has his or her own path to walk on. Your journey is your own. Resist the urge to constantly compare yourself to others. You have your own gifts. Take time to appreciate them.

We also asked some of our colleagues to talk about how they stay positive.

YCEL ZALETA-RESURRECCION, Operations – AVP

I stay positive by thinking of happy moments. That’s why I have a lot of videos and photos of my baby. If ever I feel down and I happen to be away from home, I can just access my phone’s gallery to cheer myself up. Whenever I look at my baby’s photos, I realize how blessed I am. I have to work hard and take care of my loved one.

I also find time to catch up with friends through Viber or Facebook Messenger. We make sure everyone is okay. We also share jokes, memes, rants, and everything in between. We’re all dealing with so much stress and anxiety. It’s necessary for us to reach out to people and assure them that they’re not alone.

It is It’s hard stay positive while you’re caught in the middle of a pandemic. It’s even more difficult when you lose a loved one. My nephew Monsi, who was very close to me, passed away early this year. I say a prayer each time I think of him. I thank God for the time I had with Monsi. While it makes me sad that he is not with us anymore, I consider it a blessing to have known him even if it was for a short time.

JESSIE PARAAN, Central Core Maintenance Asst. Manager

We are in the middle of a crisis. Many of us have experienced things that we never thought would happen to us. Marami ang nawalan ng trabaho, nagkaroon ng malubhang sakit, and, worst of all, namatayan ng mga mahal sa buhay. These are very difficult times and we have no choice but to cope with the terrible things that have happened or continue to happen. It’s natural for us to be scared, angry, or frustrated at first.

These days, I am comforted by the words of Matthew 6:34. This Bible verse says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” At the start of the pandemic, I was always worrying about what tomorrow would bring. I was afraid of the future. Then, one day, I just started praying for the present. I just asked God for what I needed to get through the day. I prayed for the safety and good health of my family , friends, and co-workers. I asked for enough food. I pleased to be given the wisdom to do my tasks and responsibilities as a husband, father, brother, friend, leader, employee, and Christian. This really works for me!

CATHERINE DEL MUNDO, Traffic Operations Manager

I continue to pray and believe that the pandemic will end soon. I do my part to help reach this goal by following the safety protocols mandated at the office or anywhere else I may be. I also made sure that I was able to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as the opportunity came along. I encourage others to get vaccinated, too.

I draw strength from my family and friends. They know that they have my support as well. I also get additional inspiration from self-help books. My most interesting find during this pandemic is The Book of Ichigo Ichie (The Art of Making the Most of Every Moment, The Japanese way). The book was authored by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles. The concept of ichigo ichie promotes “living in the present” and the practice of mindfulness in every aspect of life.

RUBEN DELA CRUZ, Project Management Consultant

Several years ago, I went through a very difficult period in my life. It affected my career and my family. Everything that I had worked for and all my plans for my children’s future were at risk.

That crisis humbled me. Thankfully, I learned my lessons. I turned to prayer and developed a closer relationship with God.

This pandemic — which continues to be a threat to our lives and our livelihood — is a crisis of global proportions. The whole world is affected by it. Now, more than ever, we have to hold on to our faith. In Luke 11:9, God tells us, “Seek me and you shall find Me, Ask and you shall receive, Knock and it shall be opened to you.”

The combination of prayers and a positive outlook can definitely help us get through this pandemic. As my friend, who happens to be a priest, says, “We develop more strengths during hard times. Our attitude is the librarian of our past, the speaker of our present, and the prophet of our future.”

These days, we may be facing more challenges than usual because the pandemic is not yet over. We have to do everything possible to ensure our survival. We must do our best to prepare for all possible outcomes so we are never forced to make rushed decisions. It also doesn’t hurt if we ask for God’s intervention when it comes to things that are beyond our control.


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