In the most uncertain times our current generation have ever encountered it is so very easy to become consumed by the anxiety and challenges that we are facing. However, as a nation I truly believe that we have an opportunity to take this situation and learn from it, grow and change for the better as individuals and as a community.
The way we think about our experiences influences how we feel about them and then how we react to them. Paying attention to our thoughts and how they make us feel can really make a difference to how we manage challenging and distressing situations.
Thoughts are often automatic but how we respond to them is very much in our control. In the current climate it is understandable if you are having negative or irrational thoughts and feel a loss of control. This can often then lead to feelings of fear and panic, amongst many other emotions. This is no more evident than in the stock piling behaviour that has occurred in recent weeks, which I believe has been largely fuelled by a fear of not having the necessities and potentially not being able to go out to get them.
If we all take the time to notice our negative thoughts more then we can challenge them with more rational and helpful ones which will have a positive impact on how we feel and our perceived ability to cope. This is a great thing to do irrespective of the situation we find ourselves in right now. If we can come out of the other side of this pandemic with a new way of being that benefits us, our communities and the planet then there will be a purpose to our days that will help us to get through this difficult time.
It’s important to say that by no means am I discounting the distress and negative impact that this situation is having. It is essential to allow yourself to feel all of your emotions but to do this in a balanced way so that the more distressing emotions don’t overwhelm you.
Through my interactions with others over the last few weeks and the stories I have read, I’ve been really struck by how positive some people have been despite the worry that they also have. Most people have been able to find something constructive in this situation and it has really inspired me to look for my own ‘silver linings’ (to the Covid-19 cloud). Here is a list of all those possible silver linings.