As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, many people feel powerless, unsafe and downright terrified of what’s to come. We want to take action, take back control, but we don’t know what to do. So our fears grow, making us less rational, and this puts extra strain on our bodies at a time when we all want to be strong.
Fear itself is very similar to a virus. It replicates and passes from person to person. Fear causes panic. This not only undermines us as individuals, but also sabotages the mechanics of society, which must now be efficient more than ever.
However, knowing how to reduce your anxiety will keep your mind clear, promote well-being, and also help those around you to remain calm. It is a win-win situation! We have to wait and rely on science to solve the physical problem, but we have absolute control over the mental and emotional aspects, even in extreme circumstances.
So, how do you do this when your fears are intense and out of control?
Here are my three steps to reduce your anxiety and keep you calm in times of crisis:
1) The first step is to withdraw your strength; this is a technique I learn to promote calmness and reduce anxiety in many situations. You can learn this very easily.
Close your eyes, take a few slow breaths and let yourself become aware of any fear or anxiety you feel – maybe it’s a fear of the virus itself, fear of a message you just heard on the news, or fear of consequences for yourself or your loved ones. Imagine that fear outside your body, in the world.
Now imagine a wire running between your chest and the source of your fear. A brightly colored ball is strung on the thread, like a beach ball. This is the ball of your strength and right now your fear has the strength and you are powerless.
Reach out in your mind, grab that ball and pull it back along the wire to your chest, concentrating intently on the ball – the focus is very important. Now keep your attention on the ball of strength in your chest. Hold that focus for as long as possible.
As you do this, you regain your strength and your fear loses its power over you. You will start to feel calm and your mind will relax.
2) Now that your mind is calmer, it’s time to create a new empowerment mindset. Deep in our subconscious mind, ancestral fears surround the plague, and these ancient patterns have begun to take hold in us. Our subconscious mind doesn’t understand that things have changed since then.
The truth is, thankfully, the Coronavirus is NOT a plague as our ancestors knew it. Our living conditions and our scientific expertise are light years away from that time. We have many factors in our favor that make direct comparisons to the past inappropriate. Yes, we have a global challenge, but we are resourceful and have a brilliant mind capable of finding a solution. Imagine, as you breathe calmly, inhale these truths and exhale all those ancient ancestral insights that have been awakened in you. Imagine updating your subconscious mind with accurate 21st century information.
3) Finally, realize that the more you control your fears, the less your body’s stress will be, and the better you will be able to deal with this threat and other dangers. Taking this action to reduce your anxiety and anxiety will really make you safer. Keep that understanding in mind for a few moments, then open your eyes and continue your day.
Go through this procedure every time your fears start to grow. It only takes a few minutes, but it can have a huge beneficial effect on your mental and emotional well-being.
When you take action to withdraw your strength from the fear, your mind feels safer and clearer, your anxiety and stress decrease and you are in a much better state to deal with the situation.
Just as fear multiplies, so does calming. When you maintain this positive mindset, you help others do the same, and this, in turn, will help all of us create the best possible outcome in this challenging time.