It is hard to keep your sanity in the midst of crisis but it all starts with an honest evaluation of your current mental state.
The last couple of months have felt rather uncertain and daunting. What we thought would be our comfort zone is slowly feeling like a strange encroachment of the unknown. New year goals and vision boards did not prepare us for anything like this, not even the movies inspired such a reality.
As human beings, our brains are wired to react to life threatening situations and the feeling of adrenaline could work both ways: fight or flight. Truth is, we may really not have much to control with the reality we are facing but we can try to maintain our sanity. The overwhelming and crippling fear of the unknown has a ripple effect in how we perceive unprecedented situation therefore, do not be quick to copy how others are reacting to such situations.
The current crisis could either get you committed to reading a book, writing a book, starting a business, finding a hobby or even mental strength. Needless to say, overcome the overwhelming feeling of anxiety and restlessness through:
- Credible Information Sources
Be careful about what you share and ‘forward as received’. An overflow in information could leave you overwhelmed and confused. Consume information from credible sources such as credited news agencies, ministry of health (in the current COVID-19 crisis) and from reliable individuals with expertise in the field in question.
- Positive Affirmations
An affirmation is the assertion that something exists or is true. Affirmations act as a reminder of good things that ease the state of your mind. Try using these for your daily reminders or write your own around areas you feel pushed to shade light on.
- Think Big Picture
It is hard to keep your sanity in the midst of crisis but it all starts with an honest evaluation of your current mental state. Analyze your feelings, thoughts and decisions to understand your mind.
In as much as it is hard to be future-oriented in tough times, it is important for us to remind ourselves that tough times do not last. The tough economic times shall come to pass and the roaring strength of the affected areas shall revive, not with the same degree but hopefully, much better.
Take time off the noise, worry and doubt. Make these uncertain times be a moment of self -introspection and empowerment for the next season. Look within yourself, reaffirm and recognize areas within yourself that need repair, re-energizing and unlearning.
- Talk about how you feel
Regardless of your gender, feel free to talk to people you trust about your feelings. Acknowledge the feeling of sadness, pain, worry and confusion. Do not be afraid to cry or slow down to address the current state you are in emotionally. Develop or create deep connections with people you love and trust in order to communicate freely with them.
There is no evidence that justifies that confiding in someone about weakness or short comings makes you a lesser person.
Philippians 4:6-7 says ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’
Treat all those who got out of hospital or quarantine with love and care. Protect those who are vulnerable and provide support when required
You are not alone!