Updated: Apr 12, 2020
Our world is in such a state of uncertainly with this global pandemic. For weeks now, I have been watching and listening to people react from a place of fear and anger. The one thing we can be sure of is that things are going to change frequently and that we will be awaiting decisions from others to influence our lives. You may be feeling out of control and anxious about this.
As scary as this seems, there are things you can do to cope and manage through change and uncertainty. It is critical to realise that you cannot control circumstances or other people. We can only take care of ourselves. So with that in mind, we can only control our own thoughts, feelings and actions.
Our perspective determines the world we live in. Thoughts leads to feelings, feelings lead to action. You need to understand why you are reacting a certain way and how that makes you feel.
Write down your fear
Write down your thoughts about the fear
Write down your feelings about the fear
Write down an alternative constructive thought.
Picture 1: How to deal with fears
Don't give away your power
Identify what you can control and what decisions you can make; then do that!
Don't blame others
Don't expect others to make you feel better.
If you are feeling flat - how are you going to make yourself feel better?
Identify your positive sources of energy and use them:
Listen to music that makes you happy
Dance like no-one is watching
Chat in person or online with someone who makes you happy.
Listen to or watch an inspirational video or podcast.
Write down what you are grateful for
Seek professional help or phone counselling organisation like Lifeline or Beyond Blue
Take control via action
Prepare based on what you can control. Having a plan and feeling organised will help you find control.
Look for possibilities and opportunities. If social distancing is enforced or you must self isolate; what are some opportunities in this scenario?
Read a book
Find some fun family time
Do some online learning
Start/finish that project
Binge watch that series you have always wanted to
De-clutter - tidy that junk room
Phone or send messages to people you haven't spoken to in a while
Don't give away your power; can only control our own thoughts, feelings and actions.