The spread of corona-virus has disrupted lives of many people across the globe on their mental and physical health. We all are going through rough patch. Everyone is suffering some kind of mental agony be it’s a child, young generation or elder people . As we remain confined within our houses, we tend to get more use to televisions, mobile phones, internet which is leading us to consume more and more news, rumors and misinformation as media has lot of undesirable and unwanted news (LOL).
No outdoor activities, financial stress, job loss. All these abrupt changes has widely contributed to mental and physical trauma (combined with fear of getting infected or losing loved ones).
Now it’s safe to say that we are experiencing one of the most uncertain times in history. But if we keep feeding our brain with everything that can go wrong, things can be worse for our mental health.
This year will go down in history as one of the downs. Time passes and this shall too pass since TOUGH TIMES NEVER LAST, TOUGH PEOPLE DO. What matters entirely is to choose our attitude towards such hurdles. If we are constantly aware and preparing ourselves for each of the uncertainty and bad events we can prevent us from such fear and anxiety.
If we analyze, some people tolerate such uncertainties without any stress and continue living in an easy going manner while others find such challenges to be distressing. Why? How do they cope up?
They believe on words spoken by Charles R. Swindoll – Life is 10% of what happens to us and 90% of how we react to it.
Let me elaborate the above words:
Unpredictable events will occur, uncomfortable experiences will come into our life as most of the things are out of our control such as natural disasters, viruses, diseases, other people reactions, behavior etc.
What here we can do is to control our actions and reactions. Anticipating future will just keep us more and more stress in present.
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”― Corrie Ten Boom
Now, another question that will pop up in readers mind is, how do we control that?
We need to think that how we are spending our time, where we are putting our efforts and energy into. In such challenging times, we need to shift our focus to things or actions that can help in solving our problems because we don’t know what the future holds. However, we can prepare for some serious outcomes by creating an action plan. There is also a special report in Time magazine that best way to reduce stress is by ‘’fighting stress before it even starts, planning things rather than letting them happen.’’
For example, if you are stress about the financial crunch, create a plan to earn more through different sources, cutting variable expenses, saving more and investing some of the saving into low risk opportunities.
If you are worried about the work load responsibilities, share the work load with the family members. Involve your children into household activities and teaching them learn new things. Have trust. They will enjoy!
Similarly, if you are worried about the physical health, adopt some self-care techniques at home. Be fun, be creative, but whatever you do, do it for yourself because you deserve it. There is much much content about how to do simple workout at home to cut your body fat and keep it fit.
Try to take those actions which can be helpful in improving your personal relationships, career, finances and others. There is always something which we have control on. It’s time to take pro-active steps to support your mental health during these unprecedented times. Don’t limit your efforts and energy into things which will keep your more distress and exhausted. With patience we all will be able to build the tolerance power to such uncertainties, control over emotions and eventually building mental strength.
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