Why Hope May Not Be Helpful in the Face of COVID-19

I know, this might sound pessimistic, but hear me out… “I hope that this whole COVID-19 thing goes away soon so we can resume our regular lives.”“I hope this quarantine will be over soon!”“I hope that things will go back to how they used to...

Why Journaling is the Best Thing to Do During a Crisis

“The difference between despair and hope is just a different way of telling stories from the same set of facts.” ~Alain de Botton When I was told that the man I loved had a terminal illness, I instinctively reached for my journal. When I was...

Surviving as an Empath During the Time of Coronavirus

“When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting and less scary.” ~Fred Rogers If you are a human on earth at the moment, you’re likely feeling the uncertainty and anxiety of living in the time of a pandemic. It’s not...

5 Positive Lessons from the Coronavirus Crisis

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find a number of helpful coronavirus resources and all related Tiny Buddha articles here. “What is to give light must endure the burning.” ~Viktor Frankl The world is facing challenging times of crisis. Closed borders and travel bans, quarantine, shortage of food...

3 Approaches to the Coronavirus (and Which Is Smartest)

EDITOR’S NOTE: You can find a number of helpful coronavirus resources and all related Tiny Buddha articles here. “Don’t try to calm the storm. Calm yourself. The storm will pass.” ~Buddha As we all now know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been spreading globally. It is a...

How to Be Really Great at Failing

One of my dad’s favorite stories to tell about me when I was a kid is when I played catcher in Little League. I was probably around seven years old, but I had (and still do have) an intensity that wasn’t matched. I would squat...

How to Tame a Worrying Mind During Difficult Times

“Mental health is just as important as physical health.” ~Unknown Our main focus during this challenging time is quite rightly on our physical well-being. But we shouldn’t forget about our mental health considering these are stressful times for all of us. Will we get sick? Will our...

What I Learned About Love and Grief When I Lost My Cats

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” ~Anatole France Unconditional love. The thought of my cats envelops me with warmth whenever I think of them. Why? Because we’re so connected. It’s an ethereal thing. Beyond words. Beyond reality. Beyond rationality. When I’m...

Beating the Coronavirus Pandemic: It’s All About Endurance

“When you’re going through hell, keep going.” ~Winston Churchill A couple weeks ago the Greek government announced that our quarantine would continue “well beyond April 6th,” the original date for which it had been set. We knew this was coming, but it was still hard...

Autoimmune & Coronavirus: Beating the Panic & Fear in All of Us

“The problem is not the existence of stressors, which cannot be avoided; stress is simply the brain’s way of signaling that something is important. The problem–or perhaps the opportunity–is how we respond to this stress.” ~The Book of Joy For the past few weeks, I...