How to have a positive mindset during a pandemic, when someone is feeling fearful or anxious about the coronavirus. But that’s natural.
It’s how we’re hard-wired. We’re fundamentally animals and mammals.
Part of our brain always feels for coming danger. If we see a potential threat to our community, we naturally think of anxiety, fear, and nervousness.
The situation like a pandemic that’s novel, uncertain, and potentially threatening … gives us a heightened amount of focus.
People have been shielded from the threat of a pandemic. As the uncertainty and questions about how to stop an infection are considered and debated. Some people will underestimate the risk, but that can lead to a broader spread of the disease. People, however, who overestimate the threat may take more precautions than they need to take.
A lot of people have more of a predisposition to anxiety than others. If they’re only sporadically having signs, like a little upset stomach or trouble sleeping, for example, it’s probably closer to reasonable anxiety and fear. If fear develops into patterns of behavior, then it must be taken as the time to seek professional care.
While fear is reasonable, we should let wisdom and logic guide our behavior. We have more control over our practice and our thoughts than we do over our feelings. Your response can help with anxiety.
Now is an excellent time to analyze your health concerns with behaviors and how they may affect your risk of getting coronavirus (COVID-19) and transmitting it to others.
Here are some responses you can control:
Ask yourself — and “be honest” — how often you are washing your hands. And examine your hand-washing technique, check whether it is adequate.
Count how many times you touch the face. The pandemic virus can enter through your nose, eyes, and mouth.
Answer honestly to yourself: Am I in the risk category now? If you think so, decide what you should do to protect yourself and the people around you.
You must keep a strict perspective throughout the disease. In a bigger view, humanity will survive the pandemic.
You should remain careful about when and how you digest the news. Increased news coverage doesn’t always mean increased fears. You must gather information from reputable sources, and avoid sources who present themselves on social media as authorities when they aren’t. Check how often you look for news about the pandemic.
Check yourself whether you are teaching your kids about how to cope with adversity. Do you want to model for this? What do you want them to conquer? Decision-making based on logic and wisdom can address not only your anxiety, but anxieties children have as well. Children can tell that while we don’t know everything about the virus but we know that we’re not going to get it.
You must encourage healthy behaviors with children and others, such as hand-washing techniques and finding healthier ways to interact rather than shaking hands. If we let fear drive our decisions, it can lead to panics and hoarding supplies.
Stay in touch
People who must have gone through a challenging community situation like flood must have acquired experience and wisdom they can draw upon in this type of situation as well. They can consider how they behaved then, and whether they want to do anything differently now.
Short-term, isolation can be a better choice to prevent the spread of the pandemic. But over time, human beings need to remain to stay interconnected. People maintain contact with others via phones, mobile, Skype, FaceTime, or any other digital platform. “Discuss the plan for staying in touch.
Human beings tend to be resilient. The majority of us will have no trouble bouncing back once the threat has passed. It is natural to have negative thoughts and feelings creep in during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus is spreading. Nations are under quarantine. People are out of work. Schools remain closed indefinitely. If you’re feeling afraid, you’re not alone. That’s a natural response. This type of fear is what most of us feel.
Keeping a positive and creative mindset can go a long way in managing through a negative time. To have an attitude that looks for the positive mindset and tries to be optimistic can help people to filter out the constant barrage of bad or discouraging news — the figures of the disease and how it’s growing. Holding a positive attitude can help people to focus on things that provide them with what they need to make it through this day. It’s imperative these days.
But it can’t be done single-handedly. Being positive isn’t a ‘do-it-yourself’ task. Everybody needs a community they can turn to. It can be family or friends, whatever it might be. Leaning on people who care about your well being offers you inner strength and resources to fight.
Trusting information from fact-based trusted sources can also help ease the fear. Avoid everything that’s not based on fact, or from reliable sources. False and wild rumors tend to go on social media. Runaway from baseless news and just stick to the facts, and hang onto your faith and positive mindset.
Five practices would help maintain a positive mindset.
Everybody must have a sense of gratitude. You should find those things and helps with which you should be thankful. You can be grateful for a job. You can help people around who do not have anyone to care for them. The awareness of the good things in the sense of gratitude.
The second thing has proven very crucial for us is practicing basic faith. Prayer or worship online or a Holy Book study can be one of them. Thinking about critical verses that have been very important to us in our journey of faith. Talking with a friend or two to talk about teaching and meeting challenges these days. Any kind of faith practice helps center and strengthen one.
We must try to maintain a rhythm and routine of each day.
We must keep finding ways to help others. Practicing faith that is so critical is not merely shows God’s love for you, but it is an attempt to give that love away, to share with others. So, I think about what practical things can I do to help people around me? I found helping others helps me feel better about myself and my own life.
Stop and feel the flowers
The last thing to do is to fill the spiritual glass by sensing the creations around. It can be looking at a field or trees starting to bud, or only a pet that you have — a dog or a cat that you love spending time with — that can fill you up and give you a hopeful sense about the day.