Matecun Thomas & Olson PLC - June 2020

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O ur mindset during difficult times can determine our outcome. When things are stacked against you, it’s easy to feel down or to look at everything through a negative lens. But doing so can lead to negative outcomes. Some research goes so far as to say that having a negative outlook can make your outcome

We are doing a lot more video chatting among the family and we’re talking (and seeing) each other more

worse than it would have been otherwise. But more than that, maintaining a negative attitude can actually harm your health — both mental and physical. Instead, it’s better for your health if you focus on the positive. A good way to do that is to adjust your mindset and focus on what you can control rather than what you can’t. When it comes to things like the coronavirus, there are many things outside of our control. It can be frustrating when it feels like you can’t do anything or you feel trapped in your own home.

frequently, as I mentioned last month. It’s bringing us closer together — though we still

maintain our own time for work and personal

endeavors. But even with these regular calls, it will be nice to see the rest of our family in person.

I work with my daughter Sara, so I talk with her every day. My son, who lives in Arlington, Virginia, decided to return home to

But when we accept that there will simply be things we can’t control, we release ourselves from those burdens. Another great way to shift your mindset is to take a break from the media, whether it’s the news media or social media. It always seems like the sky is falling no matter what direction you turn. When you see negative news, you

“The truth of thematter is that there aremany positive things that have come out of the global pandemic. One of the biggest things is that I’m spendingmore time with my family.”

Michigan after they locked down Virginia. As of this writing, Virginia doesn’t have an exact timeline for reopening, but as we’ve learned over the past few months, things can change quickly. Thankfully, he can continue to work remotely, which made returning to Michigan for a few months possible. My other son works with the Oakland County Road Commission. Because he and the commission were deemed essential, he’s been working, too.

For me and the firm, things have been “business as unusual.” Since I began working from home, I’ve been doing pretty much the same things as I would do at the office — just a little differently. The biggest difference, of course, is that I haven’t been meeting clients in person. But we’re still updating estate plans and doing everything that goes along with that. We’re just doing it via phone or videoconference. We expect to start getting things back to normal soon, and we can really only take these things one step at a time. However, we’re optimistic and we’re making the most of it.

can develop a negative mindset. The two seem to go hand in hand. Some studies even suggest that when people stop watching the news regularly and cut themselves off from social media, they feel happier. Over the last several months, my unofficial motto has been “think positive.” The truth of the matter is that a few positive things have come out of the global pandemic. One of the biggest things is I’m spending more time with my family. I took a road trip to Florida with my brother to pick up my mother and drive her home to Michigan — quite the adventure.

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