While our world has been flipped upside down, we’re all still trying to make sense of it. Several are struggling right now with mental instability, anxiety, panic, or worry sick for the first time in their lives, and that’s okay. It’s a normal, healthy response given the circumstances.
But how do you deal with something like this? There are some obvious and not-so-obvious things we can do to make this easier on ourselves with more that I am sure we will discover as the situation develops.
Here are some ways to make things easier,
1.) Limit the Amount of Time You Spend Watching or Reading the News
If you’ve struggled to peel your eyes away from the 24/7 Coronavirus coverage, you’re not alone, and it’s not your fault. Our brains are wired to seek out information that may be important to our survival. We want reassurance, but in this situation, it’s hard to come by, and that makes us fearful and anxious the more we watch and the more we read. The major media outlets are well-aware of this. They know that the louder the ring, the alarm bells, the more you’ll pay attention. The good news doesn’t sell, unfortunately. Limit yourself to 30 minutes a day, and I guarantee you’ll feel better.
2.) Remind Yourself That You’re Saving Lives
If you get restless inside all day (also known as Cabin Fever), it’s important to remember why you’re making these sacrifices. As the philosopher, Nietzche said, “He who has a strong enough why can bear almost anyhow.” Every time you stay home and avoid interacting with groups of people, you’re keeping yourself safe, your family safe, and ultimately helping to ensure hospitals aren’t overwhelmed beyond capacity.
3.) Video Chat with Your Friends and Family
There’s never been a better time to connect with your loved ones. We want to know how our friends and family are doing. We would feel much less isolated after talking to friends and family, even it’s only for a few minutes.
4.) Keep Yourself Busy
We’re creatures of habit. We find comfort in our daily routines, and all of a sudden, we have to throw that out the window to fight this virus. Most of us have things we “wish we had time for,” such as projects, hobbies, books we’ve been putting off for months, and even years. Well, for better or worse, that wish for more time came true. Keep yourself busy and time flies.
5.) It’s okay to Feel Anxious, But Try This…
Jack Kornfield, a clinical psychologist, and trained Buddhist was interviewed and asked to give some practical advice to those suffering from anxiety related to the virus epidemic. His advice was this: Recognize that your anxiety is your mind’s way of warning you of a threat, then speaking to that anxiety say, “Thank you for warning me, but I’m okay right now.” The second part is the key: “but I’m okay right now.” Maybe that’s a little too ‘out there’ for you, but finding quotes like this can be helpful.