The impulse to focus on the negative during these times is a strong one. So much of what is around us in the media, in the news and even suggestions from Netflix is an almost never-ending stream of pessimism. It creates an environment of hopelessness. And because we're only human we're most susceptible to what happens in our environments.
The good news is that it only takes small changes to change an environment. Whether it's a daily practice of yoga or meditation. Or listening to a song with a positive message. Not reading the news every day, because let's be honest, we already know what it's going to say anyways. To writing a loving note to a friend or loved one to let them know you care. In small ways we can powerfully change our environments which leads to us changing our mental well-beings.
When it says in the prayer "I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being." This is a choice and not something you need ask permission for.