Covid-19 came in like a lion no doubt about it.
Not soon after the start of this covid battle, we realized pretty quickly that this wasn’t only an attack on our physical bodies but an attack on every single area of our lives. To help stop the spread and ‘flatten the curve’, we started practicing social distancing, staying home. Some have loss of work, for some it’s overtime at work. The list is so long. Covid-19 is now affecting every area of our lives:
Understand and know that it’s ok to stop and recognize how this is affecting you. Pausing to acknowledge how it’s affecting you is wise and healthy. So many of us are going on auto pilot refusing to think about any of it, while so many of us can’t think about anything BUT the virus and how it’s affecting our lives so negatively. Either way, both extremes are unhealthy and will eventually leave you exhausted and feeling defeated….
I’m not an expert but I do have a rather simple solution to aid in how we can cope with the challenges at hand. Challenges that we feel are totally out of our control. Although you might not have control over several of these areas, you CAN be in charge of finding solutions and gearing your thoughts to the good and away from the bad.
I’m encouraging you to sit down and fully allow yourself to think on how this is affecting you and to write down (yes, old school like with a pen and a paper. When we write it down, it holds greater potential to stick in our minds than if we simply think fleetingly about these things.)
Go write down all of your struggles and fears due to this dang virus and and don’t be afraid to admit to them. Write ’em all down…and go….
Did you write them all down? Most of you didn’t, but that’s ok, I know you want to keep reading to see what’s the next step is. 😉
For all of those fears or challenges that you wrote down, you are going to brainstorm possible solutions. TAKING ACTION is the BEST way to beat this things while focusing on one day at a time. Don’t overthink it. Just write down what you’re thinking.
Allow me to give an example.
Write down the areas of your life (Like I did at the top of this post) add or take away whatever is or isn’t of pertinence to you.
I’m out of business which means I don’t have any funds coming in. I need money to survive and trying to figure out EI is confusing and I don’t know how to do it. My stress has been climbing every day because of it and I can’t sleep at night because of it.
**BRAIN STORM THE SOLUTION – I’m going to take a deep breath and investigate the steps I need to take. I will go online and look it up. I will reach out to friends going through the same difficulty and ask what steps they took if I’m confused about it. I will call the EI office even if I have to wait on hold for 4 hours. I will call my mortgage company, my vehicle company and see about deferrals.
END WITH A POSITIVE MINDSET THOUGHT- Instead of stressing out and thinking about how stressed I am, I WILL be moved to take action in this area and I will feel so much better for working through these steps.
You might think this exercise is too simple to be effective but what do you have to lose by trying it? You can be as detailed as you want. Add everything that’s weighing on you and work through each step
These simple steps, will allow you to break down your racing thoughts into bite size pieces so that it will allow you to process one at time, all while adding a positive mindset to the mix and decreasing the overwhelming weight that’s looming.
If you’re overwhelmed, I really, really encourage you to do this. Even if it’s just one area at a time.
When we’re overwhelmed it’s easy to slip into ‘deer in a set of headlights’ mode-paralyzed, can’t move, can’t think straight, mind racing. But when you’re moved to take action, you gain control of your thoughts, you find confidence in taking steps to finding a solution. Force yourself to look for the solutions. They are there. And you are capable. We are all in this together. My hope is that you don’t feel alone. Shoot me a message if you’re feeling the weight of loneliness or reach out to a loved one. Don’t go through this alone.
Love from Tara 🙂