So many others are writing or speaking out about the Covid-19 and the havoc it has wreaked. They write about the fear if causes, the anger, the disruption of lives. There are plenty of people who view this as a time to rail against the government, yell to the rafters of how their rights are being taken away because they have to “shelter in place.”
However, others who have taken this time to find ways to improve themselves and the world around them. Instead of complaining, they help those in need. They do not post false statistics, re-post fake news and untruths, or incite others to abuse Asian-Americans.
It is hard to look beyond the now to see something better. People see the bleakness of job losses, diminishing food on shelves, closed schools, long waits for unemployment payments, and a President that doesn’t seem to care about the people that have been entrusted to him.
One way to be mindful is to keep a gratitude journal and write in it every morning. Write a list of what you are grateful for, your goals for the day, how you can make one person smile this day. Another way to be mindful is to begin a meditation routine, do not let your mind just wander but stay in the now.
Pay attention to your body and how you feel each day. Start an easy exercise routine.
You have heard the term, “Be kind to yourself.” In these current times we need to do just that. We cannot be hard on ourselves for things we cannot control. What we can control, however, is our reaction. Being told to stay indoors, not to associate with friends or family members is very difficult for some.
Self-care could be anything from indulging in making your favourite foods, picking up a favourite carton of ice cream on your next shopping trip, set up a video call with family and friends, or taking a long hot bath. You might also try shutting off all social media for several hours a day or even for a couple of days to clear the mind of the influx of data whether true or false that feeds into the fear.
Don’t Let Fear Rule You
You are in charge of how you react. We are facing an unprecedented time where we have others enforcing their decisions on a majority. We are fed biased information meant to make the general populace worry. It is easy to give in to the fear that surrounds us, maybe even blame certain minority groups. Instead of giving in to your anxiety, take a deep breath, and know this will pass. Do what you need to keep yourself safe and do not occupy your mind with what others are doing or not doing. Only you can control yourself and your actions you cannot control others.
As we begin to carefully emerge and head out to places that are beginning to open up, remember to take precautions if you feel you must. Support the small business struggling to stay open, support your local restaurants if you can. There are so many who are adversely affected. I have a friend who runs a Japanese buffet-style restaurant which has been closed for the past couple of months and I cannot wait to go there to show my support. I am hoping she hasn’t suffered severe losses to which she cannot recover.
If we continue to be mindful of our mental health, take care of ourselves, and try to control our anxiety this will just another point in history that will end up being a distant memory.