With the recent pandemic, insecurities over the economy and job security and other world events, it’s more important than ever to remain positive, both professionally and personally.

It’s easy to read those words but how do you incorporate daily positivity into stressful, sometimes negative environments?

Shift Your Energy

Roy T. Bennett says in The Light in the Heart “instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.”

Don’t immerse yourself in the worry and pessimism that is prevalent during taxing times. Put your energy elsewhere. Limit your time on social media and watching the news. Don’t react to others’ anger and frustration; instead, step away.

Choose to have a positive attitude. As Mr. Bennett says in The Light in the Heart, “attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

Stay in Touch

For many people, a natural reaction to a negative situation is to withdraw and isolate. While temporarily it may soothe it can lead to feelings of separation and detachment.

As Daniel H. Pink says in Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, “human beings have an innate inner drive to be . . . connected to one another. And when that drive is liberated, people achieve more and live richer lives.”

Stressful times can be the best times to reconnect with your friends, family and co-workers. Even if you can’t chat in person, a telephone call or Zoom conference can lift your spirits and remind you what’s important.

Be Helpful

The quickest way to let go of fear and change your mindset is to help others.

Have a favorite charity? Donate — and can be not just money but also supplies and your time — and share that charity’s information with friends.

Offer to help your neighbors with tasks like grocery shopping and yardwork.

Brighten up your house, as well as your neighbors’ views, with a colorful positive message in your windows. If you have kids, let them furnish the artwork or use sidewalk chalk to put the artwork on your driveway.

Foster or adopt an animal from a local rescue/shelter. You’re giving a needy animal a home and that pet will give you unconditional love and positive energy.

Have Compassion For Yourself

Doing for yourself is not selfish, it’s necessary. In times of stress it’s even more important to do the little things that make your heart sing. Practicing yoga, soaking in a hot bath, curling up with a good book or old movie, enjoying a pot of delicious tea — all these things can ground us and recharge us. While isolation is not good, some alone time is beneficial to practice mindfulness and uplift your spirits.

Remember Everything is Temporary

Optimism is a great thing to embrace, even if it’s uncomfortable at first.

As Deepak Chopra says an optimist is “someone who is very aware and mindful of all the setbacks and roadblocks and less-than-ideal things that happen in their life. The caveat is they are just aware that those things are temporary and they have the ability to overcome them.” It’s okay to accept that things may not be ideal at this moment but there are setbacks and roadblocks that can be overcome.

If Nothing Else, Just Laugh

Gretchen Rubin in The Happiness Project says, “laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity . . when people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”

Let Us Help You

To continue to remain positive, both professionally and personally, do not hesitate to contact  Ancillary Legal for your legal support service needs.

With many offices closed and notary publics being unavailable, finding a notary public in Georgia these days can be challenging; you may be wondering, in a time where it seems like everything else can, can notary be done online? Yes, it can!

In response to COVID-19, on April 9th, Governor Brian Kemp issued an executive order that addresses the issue of locating a notary by allowing remote notarization in order to promote safe practices and social distancing. You can view that document here.

Knowing that, how do you go about remotely notarizing a document?

How Does Remote Notary Work?

According to the order, remote notarization requires “real-time audio-video” technology, which means it can be done over video conference. The notary public must be able to check the signee’s driver’s license and be acting under the supervision of an a attorney. Then, the document must be transmitted back to the notary on the same day that it is signed to be finalized.

Video Conference

Ancillary Legal Corporation is offering notary services via video conference for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. ALC will set up the video conference and will provide the secured meeting information along with the notary acting under attorney supervision. All you or your client needs to do is log in. Using video conference technology, documents can even be notarized digitally in real-time.

The executive order does recommended that wills, trusts, and estates still be notarized in-person once possible, and ALC can provide an in-person notary once Justice Melton’s emergency judicial order has been lifted.

To schedule your remote notary under the supervision of our staff attorney, or to inquire about our remote notarial processes, please contact us online or call us at 404-459-8006 for additional information.