Courage is knowing what not to fear. Plato
Fear is running rampant in these troubled times as we face the Covid-19 virus and all the upheaval it’s causing. Some healthy fear and a good dose of caution is warranted. Here are tips to help you keep manage your fears:
- Stay informed but know when to step away from news of all kinds. Be aware of how much information is too much for you then have the discipline to step away.
- Get yourself out of the way. Consider what you can do, either virtually or in person, for those who may be more affected than you.
- Take care of yourself. Keep up your healthy routine including good sleep, healthy eating, exercise, and a spiritual practice (especially if your place of worship is closed).
- Acknowledge your fear. Validate your feelings. Treat that scared little girl inside gently.
- Make a plan. Create a to do list (i.e. clean out the closets, make soup) and consider how you’d handle a health emergency. Planning is more useful to help you gain a sense of control than buying more toilet paper.
- Keep in touch. Call a friend or family member if you’re feeling lonely. Keep your extended family informed. Email and texting may not be as satisfying as they once were. It’s nice to hear a loved one’s voice when we are isolated.
- Trust yourself. In my experience people generally have a greater capacity to handle hardship than they think they do. Affirm your capabilities!
- Fear not! The words “fear not” show up in the Bible 365 times for a reason.
Affirmation: I trust myself and my capabilities.
Coaching questions: Who can you turn to for support right now? What can you do to help others? How will you use this time “away” productively?
Please note: If you are feeling severely depressed, anxious, or fearful, seek professional help. If you think a few minutes talking on the phone with a Certified Life Coach would be helpful, let me know in the comments section below.