With much of the world mired in the Coronavirus crisis, one is left to wonder if we need to hit a hard reset.
And how would starting over affect outcomes relating to public decorum and global cooperation? Although this question is hypothetical, there is no denying that the current state of the world is filled with chaos, uncertainty, and hopelessness.
The inevitable social and economic horrors we are about to witness will be as unpredictable as they are real. And the string of difficult events and meaningless days that many are about to face will usher in long periods of sadness, grief, and depression.
Given the reality that the new normal for lots of people will be reshaped from how we travel, work, make purchases, and go about our daily lives, how do we navigate these uncharted waters so as to maintain some semblance of normalcy?
Although there is no soothing response that will completely remove the angst that accompanies crises, there are valuable steps each of us can take to remain hopeful (and productive) during this uncertain period.
Keep the Positive in View
- Our brains are wired to hold on to negative events, even so, we can overcome our negativity bias by voicing all the things we are grateful for. Throughout the day, voice at least five things that keep you in a positive and productive frame of mind.
Prioritize the Long Term
- While we do not yet know how or when the coronavirus crisis will end, in the meantime, ask yourself what is it that you have to do to keep the most important thing the most important thing? For some, prioritizing the long term could mean building a new set of skills (and achievements) to keep you employable during a crisis. For others, this means not taking on new debt, eliminating nonessential spending, and building up cash reserves to cover nine months to a year of living expenses.
Take a Break
- That is, give your eyes and mind a break from consuming news stories that can be upsetting. Use this time to focus on your mental and physical health and to connect with friends and family.
In the face of this unique crisis, what are you doing to manage anxiety and fear, and deal with the unknown?
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