Corona — Managing the fearful mind
It seems that nobody can talk about anything but the Corona virus. Schools are closing, we are asked to work from home and most events are cancelled. All the while more and more people are getting infected. This can feel pretty scary. It’s easy to say ‘don’t panic’ but how do we actually do that?
MindStrength has developed a couple of tips and tricks that can support you in managing your anxiety and worry.
Tip One: Know your own fear
We do not like feeling fearful. However, the more we get to know our fear the less power it will hold over us. With the Corona outbreak, what is your fear? Your health? Your family’s health? Your business? Your studies? See what is pre-occupying your mind and allow it to be. The meditation below allows you to practice this. You can also read our article on medium.com that outlines my own mind’s journey.
Tip Two: Feed your mind facts, not fear
There are millions of messages out there about the virus, what to do, what not to do. A lot remains unknown about the virus and as such, a lot of what is out there is simply not fact based. The best way to ensure you know the facts and the advice is to use your local or national health authority website.
Tip Three: Limit your consumption of Corona news
Our brains will exaggerate a threat when we read about it more often and when the messages are fearful. The Corona virus is out there, and we all need to take precautions, but the more you read about it the more you are feeding the ‘panic’ button in your brain. There is no need. Keep informed, but don’t over consume.
Tip Four: Embrace the new reality
Whether you are quarantined at home or just restricted in your movement, this can feel weird. We are used to our freedom, to do what we want to do, and now we cannot. It is a brilliant opportunity to see how you respond to this and try the MindStrength skills of appreciation – seeing the good in this situation. Maybe you have time to spend with your family that you would not normally have. Maybe you can read a book you have been meaning to read.
Tip Five: Meditate
Meditation is basically good for everything. It will calm your system down, it will allow you to see your fear and anxiety but not get lost in it. It will give you some space to ensure you respond wisely to the different challenges you now face. Below are some short meditations you can try.
Relax your systemStart meditation
Relax your system
Sit with the stress, see it changeStart meditation
Sit with the stress, see it change
Corona virus (10 mins)Start meditation
Corona virus (10 mins)
Extra tip: It’s the perfect time to start the MindStrength Masterclass
With the Masterclass and MindStrength subscription you will learn and experience so much more about how to manage our stress, anxiety and fear. Not only that, but how to enjoy life to the full, become more focussed and creative. What better time than now? All online!
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