Don't Panic

covid19 mental health pandemic Mar 28, 2020

We are living in very uncertain times and “Don’t Panic” is probably the last thing you want to hear right now.

But seriously, panicking is like a rocking chair, it keeps you moving but gets you nowhere. With so much fake news and misinformation, it can become overwhelming.

But let us remember that life is not what happens to us, but how we RESPOND (not REACT) to it. While our lives have been fundamentally changed and as the world struggles to stay afloat and while things may seem so far out of our control, remember, everything is a choice.

We have a choice to make: how will we respond in times of crisis?

Panic triggers our stress response which causes the release of stress hormones that will (amongst other things) suppress our immune systems.

Yes the world is upside down. Yes there is uncertainty. Yes there are many things we cannot control but may we find the courage to change the things we can control, the most powerful of which is our mind.

We have the power to choose what happens with our minds. It’s easy to get swept up in the whirlwind of it all, but block out the noise, keep your head, stay informed by reliable sources like the WHO, CDC, NICD, Department of health.

Check the authenticity of the messages you’ve been getting, if they trigger a panic response, don’t allow them in. If all the info is overwhelming, then take a break, give yourself the space to decompress and renew your mind.

In spite of it all, we still have the ability to choose our mindset during this time.

Choose to cultivate resilience.

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