Are you feeling caught up in a spiral of thoughts that result in anxiety? Stressed out about the current situation at hand? Let me reassure you that you are not alone. The current pandemic has upended life as we know it for most of us.
There seems to be a constant struggle to keep the boat of life afloat and along with that comes an array of emotions. It is a natural response to external stimuli and people all over the world are dealing with conditions that fuel anxiety. In fact, the complexity of the current global scenario has created a context for anxiety to thrive. It’s affecting millions of people in brutal ways. Research shows that anxiety and stress often have adverse effects on a person’s mental and physical health. It can lead to a lack of motivation towards work and can lead to us feeling unproductive.
Wouldn’t it be therefore prudent to work towards a mindset where we can get ‘smarter’ with how we grapple with this anxiety and it’s causes? One of the first things we can do is observe our stream of emotions and thoughts. What am I feeling? Asking oneself that question is often a good place in starting to understand what we are feeling. Am I feeling sad? Maybe frustrated? Am I angry, overwhelmed or anxious? Or what if I am feeling all of these? Identifying our emotions often is the first step in processing them.
The trick is to create a level of self awareness where we are able to identify exactly what we are feeling and thinking. The next step is to acknowledge and accept that thought and feeling which will give us a glimpse into our behaviour patterns in these uncertain times.
So, how does self awareness and knowing yourself help? Do you have a mindset that allows you to change? And if you are able to look at changing perspectives then you may want to use this adversity as a springboard of opportunity. Anxiety is a response to something that comes to us from the outside. What if we find the inner power to begin the change within so that a change in the environment can be manifested? While looking at the bright side may feel easier said than done, one way to turn yourself from the overwhelming negative sensations is to find something to be grateful for.
Gratitude has been a consistent catalyst for all round happiness. It’s been known to trigger a sense of abundance and positive, peaceful emotions and higher vibrational energy. Gratitude for the tangible and intangible results in connecting with something larger and higher than the self. It could be gratitude for the smallest of things like the safety of your family and pets, or something more abstract like your access to things that can keep your mind occupied with positive things.
We are often unable to control and influence things around us. But controlling our mind and body, we can change our lives and make a positive difference to ourselves and those around us. This will not only make it easier to handle the coronavirus pandemic, but it will prepare us for any uncertainties we may face in the future.
Research has time and again proven that gratitude leads to optimism. Allow yourself to make gratitude a conscious choice. The gratitude and resulting optimism will help innovation during these stressful times!
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