So much about coronavirus (COVID-19) is outside of our control.  Not just the virus itself, but all the other aspects of life that might be impacted, from work and finances to socialising and travel.  Give yourself credit as you cope with this tough time and recognise that dealing with this challenge, can make you more resilient. 

A ‘stability rock’ is a process or practice that adds something reliable to your life when it feels as though things are spinning out of control.  ‘Stability rocks’ are really grounding and help you to remember that there are some things that are within your control.  Your own routines and rituals will become really important at this time, when most aspects parts of your life have become disrupted (e.g. school, university, work, socialising, sport, exercise).

Some examples of ‘stability rocks’:

  • waking up at the same time every day
  • eating regular meals
  • going to bed at the same time
  • doing some form of exercise every morning
  • reaching out to a friend/family member each day.

Feeling stressed is an understandable response to the current coronavirus pandemic. You might be worried about catching the virus, about how your loved ones will cope, about the disruption to your studies and routines, and about whether you’ll still have a job and enough money.  These stressors, along with the constant media hysteria and dealing with disappointment (travel bans, events being cancelled, etc.), add up to a pretty challenging and stressful time. 

When you’re feeling anxious, tell yourself it’s a normal part of being human. It’s important to understand that our thoughts are not necessarily reality.  By accepting that they are not facts, thoughts lose some of their power to upset us.  Remember – the happiness of our life is determined by the quality of our thoughts – steer them away from fear, learn instead to trust that all will be well.

Predictability helps people to feel they are in control, and reassures them that their lives are settled and nothing bad will happen. On the other hand, having to deal with the unknown can make people anxious. Get a handle on anxiety by practising tolerating uncertainty. You can start by doing small things differently, such as experimenting with cooking a meal without triple-checking the recipe, or picking a random Netflix show to watch without knowing anything about it. 

It’s very likely you’ve dealt with uncertainty before, and you can do it again.  Reflect on what skills you have used in the past to cope with uncertainty, 

When you’re going through a tough time, one of the best and most effective things you can do to feel better is to talk to someone.   Share your feelings.   If an in-person meeting isn’t possible, organise a time to call, text, WhatsApp, Skype, Google or Zoom.

And remember, you can always contact me for a distant healing and video chat

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