The spread of Covid-19 has reached far and wide and the entire world is struggling with it. It is not just illness that’s worrying people, but those at home are feeling sad, anxious, bored, and have a sense of instability.
Even without any bad or worrisome news, your mind has a tendency to get distracted and that’s what’s happening nowadays. During the time of crisis, falling into the trap of negative thinking and low productivity and motivation is something that all professionals complain of. And when your mind gets stuck in this stage, a chain reaction starts. Fear starts to narrow your field of vision, and becomes harder to see the bigger picture and stay positive.
There are two arrows we are currently facing. The first one is corona virus which is causing unavoidable pain because of changed lifestyle. And the second arrow includes our emotional and psychological response to crisis.
The easiest way to overcome this fear and anxiety is to build a natural mental resilience. Mental resilience, especially in tough times means managing your mind in a way that it increases the ability to arrow and break before it strikes. Now is the time to build your resilience and sail through this tough time. Here are some things to keep in mind that’ll be helpful.
Resilience is the skill of noticing your own thoughts, unhooking from them, and gaining rebalance. It cannot be achieved overnight, you need to practice.
- First, calm the mind
When you focus on calming your mind, you can actually assess what’s going on around you. Observe and manage your thoughts and see what’s triggering them in the negative direction. Keeping yourself composed is so important at this hour. Don’t let your thoughts wander and be affected by all the chaos happening.
When you’re at home and are consuming the same kind of information it becomes easy to fall in that pit. Deepen your capacity to cope, mediate, take your eyes off the screen for some time, and try getting busy in other activities.
- Look out of the window
Despair and fear can lead to overreactions. You might feel useless sitting at home, but that’s not true. Sometimes taking it slow is also important. Businesses are slow and the growing frustration can only make things worse. Try and work less and spend time introspecting and looking out the window to admire the slow pace of nature. In doing so, you’ll find clearer answers about what’s the best way to move forward and what’s keeping you motivated.
- Connect with others through compassion
Unfortunately, a lot of circle of communities offering support are now closed or offering limited services. The growing sense of isolation and loneliness can get to you and affect your work as well. The situation can also create stigmas and judgments, which we should totally avoid. Don’t forget that everyone is in this together so there are shared vulnerabilities and interdependence. Have meaningful conversations with people who encourage you and have a positive outlook. Practice compassion and encourage others to do so.
In this tough time, you need to be calm and patient. It is new and difficult for everyone, but everyone is trying to cope in whatever best way they can. So carry on, don’t let anxiety and negativity engulf you, and hope for the best.