”Everything will be okay in the end, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”
To embrace peace in moments of distress and chaos may not be the easiest thing to do. However, in times like these it’s more important than ever that we take that deep breath, and let go of feelings such as anxiety and fear. When our bodies are stressed they are more receptive to diseases. Therefore, it’s of utmost importance that we act from wisdom and rationality, rather than from fear and panic.
With that being said, what can we do right now, in order to diminish distress and worry? I’ve listed significant steps and habits to adopt that can be helpful in reducing stress in our lives. To find balance between being aware of what’s going on, but at the same time – don’t let it consume our inner state of being in a way that may become fatal. It’s a difficult time for all of us, as a great amount of people will suffer not only physically and mentally, but financially. Now it’s more obvious than ever how fragile our systems and societies actually are. There’s no question about that this pandemic will have deep effects on all of us. Still, fear is not the answer. It will never be the answer.
There are a lot of things in life we humans have no control over, such as certain viruses, diseases and natural disasters. Nevertheless, what we do have control over is our inner state of being, and how we choose to react to these events. Nothing good comes out of panicking and letting fear drive our actions. Instead, it only makes things worse.
It’s absolutely normal to feel fear and anxiety when we find ourselves in an uncertain situation; it’s biological, and our bodies natural way of noticing and staying away from threat. However, instead of letting fear take over we need to remember that we’re the ones in control of our feelings. We can’t let the feelings control us. Hoarding and buying food and supplies for years to come is not necessary – in fact it’s stupid and selfish. This so called retail therapy – where we buy to manage our emotional state – is just about taking back control in a world where we feel out of control.
Moreover, when we’re stressed we usually look at what other people are doing. If others are stockpiling it leads you to engage in the same kind of behaviour. We’re social creatures, meaning we do what others do, especially when we’re under stress. (Sander van der Linden, assistant professor of social psychology at Cambridge University)
But not all humans have the possibility, or even the financial means, to stock up with foods for months to come. Focus your attention on helping others, instead of panicking about a future non of us can predict. Are there older people in your apartment building that need help with groceries? People in quarantine that you can help? By redirecting your focus, and by helping others your body may release some of the inner stress.
Time to go within.
As we are recommended to stay at home as much as possible we now have more time than ever to our disposal for things we may have neglected before. Or maybe you unwillingly have to stay at home, due to quarantine. Whatever the circumstance may be, now we truly have the time to take a step back, and breathe. We’re literally forced to. What you choose to do with these extra hours, and days, even weeks, are up to you. It’s good to follow the media in order to know how the situation is progressing, however, to completely get soaked up by the news won’t benefit neither your physical or mental wellbeing. Yes, this virus is contagious, but so is panic, fear, hatred, love, compassion, laughter and joy. Therefore, choose your thoughts wisely.
And keep in mind that just because you choose to focus on being positive, doesn’t mean you’re not taking things seriously. How could we even survive without optimism in this world?! The importance of always choosing joy and hope, rather than fear and doubt.
If you’re lucky to be under the same roof as your loved ones, then take this time to really take care of each other; cook healthy meals, and simply enjoy being together. Maybe you have been so busy lately, with different obligations, that you haven’t had time to catch up? Oh well, now there’s time. And if you’re lonely, know that you’re not alone. Thank god for Internet and mobile phones in times like these… And if you feel alone, don’t hesitate calling a friend or a family member – it’s necessary for us humans to feel connected.
Remain calm & you’re not alone
During stressful and traumatic events it’s vital to bare in mind that the thoughts you create have a great impact not only on your wellbeing, but the wellbeing of the people around you. Thoughts are energy, and energy creates. Therefore use positive thoughts, it has impact. This doesn’t mean that you ignore what’s going on in the world. Rather, it has everything to do with where you direct your focus. Focus on what you can do in order to improve the situation. Focus on recovery, compassion, faith, oneness and strength – words and actions that involve optimism and trust.
We need to act with wisdom, not from fear and panic. We need to show compassion towards ourselves, and others. We need to be safe. It’s during times like these that we need to understand that we are not alone. We are all in this together, now is not the time to blame one another – we need to work together. Personally, I feel that the world has become much smaller during the past week. More and more I realise how connected we all are. Countries may choose to close boarders, still, I sense that this will only make us realise how united we actually are. However, for this to happen we have to work together.
we recognise what’s truly
important in life
you may be strong
but the man you meet on the street
act with wisdom
you realise you’re not alone”