As the news continues to be updated, we are facing so much uncertainty throughout each day. There are so many points of fear and even panic for some. However, just like we need to build our physical immunity it is important that we maintain our emotional immunity during this horrid COVID-19 virus.
The ACES Connection has just released a very helpful article by Tian Dayton, Senior Fellow @ The Meadows, Clinical psychologist, psychodramatist, author Emotional Sobriety, ACoA Trauma Syndrome, The Soulful Journey of Recovery (2019),Trauma and Addiction, Forgiving and Moving On at tiandayton.com. Here is a quote from the article:
Uncertainty is one of our most difficult feelings to manage. We humans like to wrap our minds around things, we like to know what’s going to happen. But do we? That’s the age-old question. It is times like these that pull us into the present, that remind us of who we love and what we have.
It’s not what happens to us but what we do with what happens that matters. Research on resilience finds that those who thrive in situations that might defeat others, have somehow figured out how to mobilize their supports and make use of them. They have a sense of reality and acceptance about their circumstances but they are proactive in taking steps to make things better.
Dr. Dayton expands on the list below with ideas that will help you to manage anxiety and actively create some balance and calm throughout this challenging period.
- Take it a day at a time. Don’t panic.
- Make a plan for the day, organize.
- Maintain family, couple and personal rituals.
- Maintain your environment.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Breathe, relax, unwind.
- Stay positive.
- Don’t isolate. We are blessed with technology.
- Embrace your extra time at home and with family.
There is much more covered in this list. I think this article is well worth reading and putting into practice. It’s an article worth sharing with your friends and family. I hope it helps each of you as we strive to survive and cope with COVID-19.
It is my hope and prayer that you all stay healthy by being cautious and caring for those close to you.