HOW TO BE HAPPY AND CALM IN THE MIDST OF CRISES
The events that are unfolding throughout the world are unprecedented and it feels like our lives have been turned upside down within the space of a few weeks. Is this really happening? How long will this last? Will our lives ever return to normal again? I am sure you have probably found yourself asking some of these questions and many more as the world we once knew appears to have vanished before our eyes.
By now, we all know the new drill of washing hands, social distancing and staying at home yet it all feels so weird, like a nightmare in which masks, gloves and empty supermarket shelves become our new normal. To make matters worse, everyday we are mostly bombarded with negative news stories about the coronavirus that don’t serve us in anyway, consuming enough negative media on a daily basis is bound to make us feel more anxious and more helpless as this crises takes its grip on our collective consciousness. We need ways to bolster our mental wellbeing, we need to find ways to be happy and calm whilst all the craziness is taking place, here are my thoughts on how we can do that.
Everything begins in the mind
What is the story you have decided to tell?
Taming the monkey mind
Perspective – Count your blessings.
I had the blues
Because I had no shoes
When upon the street
I happen to meet
Taming the monkey mind
A man who had no feet!
At the beginning of this article I said it “appears” as if the world we once knew has vanished before our eyes, the world of course has not vanished, the world and nature is still there as it has always been only human society, human movement has been has been disturbed temporarily. The importance of putting the coronavirus in perspective is very important, I am not saying that the situation is not serious and we should down play what is going on in anyway, however, I do feel that a bigger perspective is important. If your problem is that you can not get any toilet roll or pasta then spare a thought for those people that have lived through war and famine.
For many of us, life is easy at present if you choose to see it that way, we are being asked to sit at home, in our comfortable, well heated homes surrounded by our family, we have phones and internet and every possible form of entertainment at our finger tips. Take the time to spare a thought for the medical personnel on the front line working tirelessly to keep this virus under control and people working in the supermarkets keeping our fridges and stores well stocked with food. When you genuinely, take the time to think of other people, whose situation is far worse than your own, you realise just how very blessed you are. One of the most powerful things you can do everyday is count your blessings, maybe a technique you would like to try is writing out everything that you are grateful for on a daily basis in a journal, the practice of writing down your blessings focuses your mind on the positive and is a fantastic way of starting your day. In the grand perspective of human history, filled with wars and famines and plagues, the coronavirus is not the end of the world, things could be a lot worse and we have a lot to be grateful for.