It is no news that life, as we know it, has been disrupted owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. This disruption has also affected international education to a large extent. It goes without saying that the mental health of many people including students has been affected as a result. For this reason, we want to show you 10 ways international students can stay positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Surround yourself with a positive community

For a fact, we have a lot of negative news concerning the pandemic making the rounds. This news can be depressing and overwhelming is not properly handled. Thus, it is of utmost importance for international students to surround themselves with a community of positive vibes. This could include friends, family, music, etc., that make you happy and optimistic against all odds.

2. Find an escape

While it is important to stay abreast with the current trends as far as the pandemic is concerned, don’t get soaked in it. Distract yourself by doing things that inspire you, make you happy, make you feel calm and relaxed and healthy as well. You can listen to music, watch movies, do some exercise, whatever makes you relax.

3. Count your blessings

Despite all the disruptions, there are still some good things happening around you. Concentrate on the good things and be thankful for them. When you count your blessings, you’ll have more reasons to be thankful, this, in turn, boosts positive vibes.

4. Stay safe

When you are healthy, you stand a better chance of being positive. So ensure to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols and do your very best to stay safe and healthy.

5. Crack your ribs

Laughter is one of the best ways to stay healthy, happy and positive. It keeps your energy levels up and helps you stay positive so find ways to laugh some more. Watch funny videos, listen to funny jokes, act silly sometimes, laugh at yourself, just laugh.

6. Be kind

In the midst of all that’s going on, it’s easy to be all about oneself but this is a great time to be kind and look out for others. When you choose to be kind, selfless and help those in need, you’ll discover that you’ll feel more hopeful and happy. Where possible, you can also volunteer your expertise and services.

7. Take advantage of the newfound time

So now it appears you have more time on your hands right? Great! Use this to your advantage. Do fun things you haven’t been able to do previously. Spend more time with self, friends and family. This bond will do ou a whole lot of good emotionally, psychologically and physically.

Despite the unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in, there’s also a silver lining. Choose to positive during the COVID-19 pandemic.