The Best Way to Beat the Pandemic Blues

Image credit: @goodgoodgood / Unsplash
Image credit: @goodgoodgood / Unsplash

The first month of 2021 has come and gone. Looking back at the end of 2020, the promise of a new year seemed exciting, motivating, and an overall fresh start. Putting one of our hardest years behind us that we’ve had to face was relieving. 

But after these four “fresh” weeks that we’ve just experienced, it’s sad to say that nothing feels very different. Except that the days seem to be getting colder, the sun seems to shine a little less, and we’re deep into zoom university once again. 

The negative headlines and news stories that we see and hear are becoming alarmingly expected. So instead of falling back into a pessimistic mindset and way of life, why not try to bring some positivity back into our lives. One easy and simple way to do that is curating your news feed.

We are seeing less and less positive news stories these days. But that doesn’t mean that they aren’t out there. We need to keep reminding ourselves that we are the ones that get to decide what type of content we choose to consume.

 

  • Did you know that Canada alongside Mexico, the European Union and many other countries have announced they will ban single-use plastics by next year? China, Italy, Kenya, and many others have already done so! 
  • The NFL gave away over 7,000 free Super Bowl tickets to health care workers. 
  • Estonia became the first country to have both a female president and prime minister.
  • New Zealand is closing down a major highway for a month to allow sea lions to migrate to the ocean safely!

And the good news doesn’t stop there. Even though it seems like 2020 was a complete write off, it really wasn’t all that bad. Here are some uplifting stories from last year. 

 

  • The Great Barrier Reef had noticeable recovery over the course of 2020. 
  • It was a record year for women leaders worldwide in countries like the US, New Zealand, Taiwan, Germany, and Finland. 
  • Renewable energy exceeded fossil fuel energy, and carbon dioxide emissions fell by the largest amount ever recorded. 
  • Africa was declared free of wild polio. 
  • 4Ocean surpassed 12 million pounds of waste pulled from the ocean. 
  • The population of endangered species are on the rise like the black rhino, giant panda, and pangolin.
  • Black Lives Matter became the largest mass movement in history. 

So after all of that good news, why not keep it going! Here are some of my favourite ways that I use to bring some positivity into my day, whether I need it or not. 

The Happy Broadcast is one of my favourite websites and Instagram accounts that I look at daily. You’ll always be left with a smile reading their posts so make sure you give them a follow.

Podcasts have become increasingly popular, so here are a few of my favourites that always leave me in a better mood:

 

Finally, some other uplifting news sites:

 

Always try to remember to see the good in every day. Remember; it’s not a bad day, week, month, or year. It’s only a bad moment. You have the power to make every day a great one. Stay happy everyone!

 

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Allegra is a third-year Sport Media student here at Ryerson University. Growing up living between a hemp farm and the waters of Georgian Bay, her life is strongly centred around the outdoors and environment. Allegra is constantly immersed in sports, sailing, all things health and fitness, while trying to inspire the community. Ambitious in journalism, her dream is to travel the world following her passion for writing, sports, and the outdoors.