Camille Kostek on how she’s giving back amid coronavirus pandemic: ‘I don’t believe in feeding into fear’April 25, 2020
Kostek said giving back and raising awareness to fans on social media has helped her maintain a positive outlook during tough times.
“Sometimes I have followers reach out to me and say, ‘Why are you so happy during this time?’” she explained. “‘There’s so much to be sad about. There’s so much to be anxious about.’ But it’s OK to be happy. It’s OK to feel good about yourself because it’s not doing any good for anybody else to be fearful or spread anxiety. I’m all about being open with how you feel. But I don’t believe in feeding into fear. I think that’s what keeps me going and feeling hopeful.”
“If someone looks up to you, it doesn’t good any good to feed into that fear and anxiety,” she continued. “So I’m trying to stay positive and hope it will inspire others to do the same during these tough times. And I’m lucky to have my health, which is why I want to give back and get involved with things that can help someone else who needs it the most.”
Kostek said she hopes viewers tuning in will get a much-needed distraction from the ongoing news and even possibly learn some new skills while isolating.
And when it comes to those faced with growing anxiety, she had some key pieces of advice.
“Just take three deep breaths, write down your fears, write down your thoughts, write down all those feelings you’re experiencing,” she said. “It’s a lot easier said than done, but once you start practicing more, you’ll soon realize that you have a lot more control over your thoughts. And we’ll get through this.”
“Survive & Thrive: COVID-19 Celebrity Challenge” will be live-streamed on the Facebook channel of the Arthritis Foundation on Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET.
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