It is definitely a very overwhelming and uncertain time right now and it may be harder than usual to stay positive.
People are stockpiling toilet paper. Schools are closed. Borders are closed. Social distancing is the new norm. Most of us have never experienced such a time. We are inundated by the news of this virus all day every day and it can be unsettling especially in light of the uncertainty of when it will be finally over.
Mindset freedom is sometimes referred to as limiting beliefs, saboteurs, or gremlins. Perhaps it looks like an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. Those are conversations in your head that could be holding you back. It could just be one regular limiting belief that holds you back.
Many of these may be at play here but in this case, I am referring to the impact of everything on your mind.
- How are you feeling?
- What are you feeling?
- Are you worrying and if so about what?
Because the current situation is a very big unknown, it is hard to look forward to what will be and what to do about it. We don’t know when it will all be over. And, it will likely get worse before it gets better.
It is very difficult to stay positive when everything around you is not. What if you just looked at the present. The “what is so” of today.
- What is so is that you are alive and reading this.
- What is so is that everyone is doing what they can in a rapidly changing landscape.
- What is so is that there are ways to manage your health and well being.
So let us do some mindset shifting.
What is true for you RIGHT NOW?
Fortunately, most of us are not sick. And if you are chances are you will survive as we are starting to see that more infected people are recovering now. You have pretty much everything you need. Despite the conflicting messages of “stay home” and “you can go to the stores as they have enough food because there is nothing wrong with the supply chain” you are safe. Safe to make the choices that will keep you safe.
So back to the statement what is true for you right now?
The truth is we make up stuff in the absence of information. So why not make up stuff that supports you rather than what upsets and scares you.
Some truths and actions that will support you.
- Check-in with your community.
- You may not be able or allowed to do it face-to-face but you can pick up the phone and call, use FaceTime, Skype or Zoom and make a free video call. I have been working this way for years with people in other cities and countries and it is great. We even Skype once a week with our grandsons in Toronto.
- Deepen relationships.
- Reach out and connect with people you haven’t contacted in a while. Remember they too are most likely in isolation as well.
- Help others. Who out there is worse off than you? Reach out to them somehow. Maybe order them some food from a local restaurant. Facilitate getting groceries to their door. Call them. Let them know that despite being home alone, they are not alone.
- Take care of your mental self.
- Maybe stop watching the news.
- Check-in with friends and family and let them know you are okay.
- Now that you have more time, do those projects you have been putting off.
- Get ready for spring if you are in the northern hemisphere.
- Above all just do what you need to do to stay positive!
This is certainly a trying and rather scary time, however, if we can stay as positive as possible we will have an easier time getting through it all and it will be over, we just do not know exactly when that will be.