It can be an overwhelming time right now. After all, many of us have been experiencing years of anxiety and fear about our country, its politicians, and how we can maintain a sense of sanity in this insane world. We’ve been doing more with less for years, and now there is a pandemic on top of it all.
Life is unpredictable and can often feel so scary. But, what if you were causing your own psychological hell right now? That’s right. In the midst of a pandemic, I am going to tell you that you have control over how you mentally feel and that you is a way to feel better. We can get through this; but, in order to do so, we need to pay attention to what we’re feeding. Right now, we have a choice- and the choice is up to us. Do we see our time isolated during this pandemic as an opportunity or a curse?
Please know that I am in no way saying that we should be joyful about the coronavirus or its impact on the population; I’m just saying that our perspective will impact how we feel during this pandemic. Are we going to fall into despair or are we going to grow stronger? We can choose to live in fear, focusing on what isn’t fair or right; or, we can choose to see this as an opportunity to connect within, to have true connections with others, and to face the things in our lives that we’ve been remiss to do. Maybe this is the time we need to self-reflect, connect to our higher self, and learn what self-compassion and care looks like.
Right now, I’m trying to connect with my family daily. I’ve used FaceTime more than I typically do. My conversations with family have increased and they have been more love-filled and intentional. I’ve been meditating more, cooking better foods, and even having fun by watching comedies, reading, and playing with my dogs. It’s been nice to slow down; focus on cultivating a sense of wellbeing and purpose. I’ve seen beautiful acts of compassion among my fellow New Yorkers and genuine concern we’re all sharing. This pandemic doesn’t have to cause more damage than it needs to be by triggering our anxieties.
We have a chance now to feed the brain’s instinct to “fight or flight”, or to take this time to feed the positivity in our lives that we haven’t had the time to in such a long time. This is the time to feed the grateful, loving, connected self that “knows” what the best for us.
Are you feeding the calm or the fearful? If you’d like help to find peace, connectedness and joy, schedule an appointment today.