How do we start effectively coping with our anxiety, fear, catastrophizing, awfulizing, and obsessing?
How do we live with less, manage in the meantime, do the maintenance on our relationships that matter, stay strong, and begin strategizing about our next chapter?
Our world has been profoundly shaken with the latest virus that has impacted our lives in the last few weeks. This pandemic is spreading quickly around our planet and as a result we are continually being updated by the media with some very scary and disturbing developments.
- Many thousands of people are becoming globally infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Many people are dying from it
- We know entirely too little about how it spreads and who is likely to be infected
- Treatment and vaccines have yet to be developed and will probably arrive in a year or longer
- Testing initiatives and services have been limited
- Schools, businesses, sporting events, entertainment venues, large meetings, modes of transportation, et al are being closed until further notice
- Some entire countries are now being required to stay indoors at home
- The escalation of the problem continues and it appears that we all have to be concerned about protecting ourselves from the possibility of infection
- Many people are so anxious that they are cleaning out stores of their supplies of toilet tissue, food, water, home supplies, disinfectants, etc.
- And, perhaps worst of all, many of us are beginning to panic, resulting in a variety of reactions… shock, disbelief, fear, agony, sadness, guilt, weakness, anxiety, obsession, anger, helplessness, suspicion, and frustration
This international pandemic crisis has created a huge distraction from our daily routines.
Many of us are experiencing loss of income, requirements to remain quarantined, and dilemmas on how to remain safe while trying to stay strong, and keep the business of living at some level of functional.
In addition, there exists a significant disruption in our perception of control of our own lives. Because unpredictable is now the new normal, and many of us are also in the deep end of the emotional roller coaster, we can be easily distracted from our work, our responsibilities and our focus. What can we do? How do we stay focused instead of constantly worrying or remaining hostage to the latest newsbreak?