On a recent (pre-COVID 19) retreat I attended, we focused on reframing thoughts, feelings, and past experiences and turning negatives into positives. I have found myself using some of these reframing skills during our current coronavirus pandemic experience. I am in no way trying to sugarcoat it. What we are collectively experiencing is difficult and painful.

Look to the Positive During Coronavirus Uncertainty

These are some of the things I am concentrating on appreciating:

  • I have both of my adult kids home which rarely happens.
  • We are healthy.
  • It is spring in New England. My favorite season. It’s a beautiful time to be outdoors.
  • I have friends and family that care about me and we have been connecting by phone and electronically.
  • I can help others.
  • We are doing a puzzle — one of my favorite pastimes.
  • My kids are indulging me with watching my favorite all time show, I Love Lucy.
  • I am getting to eat candy, raising my dopamine levels and not feeling guilty about it.
  • I have time to reflect.
  • The smiles from other people on walks.
  • My dog is very happy.
  • The brave people on the frontlines.
  • Whenever I see kids walk by and admire the huge teddy bear in my window.
  • The sidewalk chalk I bought so that we can decorate our sidewalk.
  • The people in my life that are in recovery and making it through substance-free.
  • The delicious meals made possible by my InstaPot.
  • Mitigation seems to be working.
  • The N95 mask I was given for work.
  • My dishwasher that doesn’t know what hit it.
  • Music.


The list could go on and on. Try making your own list; it really helps. For those in recovery, keep up the good work. This is a true test and you are doing it!

For those still struggling — and I’m afraid these numbers are going up — there is hope. If we can help, please reach out. We are able to help you detox quickly, safely, and relatively comfortably during this difficult time. Please call us at 877-773-3869 to learn more.

Deborah Reich, M.D.