3 Tips for coping in these unusual times when the Coronavirus has impacted our businesses and many of our everyday routines.
1. Why Worry Is a Waste of Time
Worrying about something doesn’t change anything. Use worry as motivation to dig deeply and analyse what you are worried about; create a strategy to find a way to address it.
Worry is only useful in the beginning, when we first feel it, because that’s when our perception of the cause of concern is most pure, unclouded by the catastrophe that worry creates over time.
When we first start to worry, we can ask ourselves some important questions that enable us to analyse the cause of the worry and create a strategy and solution to address the actual problem. This reduces, if not eliminates, the worry and prevents it from affecting other areas of our life, such as health and sleep.
As we continue to worry, the mind creates catastrophe and layers all our fears, past hurts, and concerns on top of what we were worried about in the first place. This causes stress and makes it a much harder and larger task to get to the truth, find a solution, and ultimately stop the worry!
In the current situation it’s important to keep ourselves grounded with the true cause of our fears. This enables us to focus and be proactive in our approach.
Consider where your fear is coming from …
- Are you truly afraid that you could easily be exposed to COVID-19?
- Is it possible that the impact of the disruption to your life (work, finances, lifestyle etc) is more frightening?
- Are you layering all your fears, past hurts and concerns on top of your COVID-19 concerns and creating a catastrophe in your mind?
Worry is an opportunity to uncover something about yourself and your feelings and beliefs that causes unease in certain circumstances. The more you do it, the easier it gets—and the less time you waste worrying. Your time can then be better spent being proactive and taking appropriate action to improve your situation.
2. Focus on What You Do Have and Can Do
Focus on what you do have and can do rather than on what you don’t have or can’t do. This enables you to discover new ways of doing and achieving, offers new experiences, and provides you with new skills.
3. Find the Humor in It
Finding the humor in any situation automatically changes our emotional state and improves our feelings. Humor can effectively change a ‘story’ so it is no longer only negative. This also helps us be more objective (instead of panic buying and stockpiling essential items such as toilet paper).
These 3 tips are proven to work, and I am living proof!
I have applied these and other methods to defy the odds and create a successful, enriched life following a near-fatal car accident and severe physical injuries.
The Coronavirus is offering us numerous Tragic Opportunities! A ‘tragic opportunity’ is an opportunity you create that is available to you because of your experience of trauma (stress/challenges etc). The tragedy is the trauma experienced; the opportunity is what you have learned and how you choose to use that learning to better yourself and your life.
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