Fear is also like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of fear can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.
The ‘fear of the virus’ is more of a threat to humanity than the virus itself. With all the media outlets updating us throughout the day on the Coronavirus, this can keep pumping our cortisol levels coursing through our veins. This in turn wrecks havoc on the body and mind. Quite a few of my anxiety clients have been triggered to a new threshold of anxiety. So let’s see if we can kick it down a notch.
Here are 3 quick tips to get out of fear and feel in control.
You have control of when you get your information. Nobody is making you watch the news, surf Facebook or turn on the radio. I suggest NOT getting your updates before you go to bed. This most certainly will influence turning your dream state into a nightmare. Take a pulse of what’s going on so that you are balanced emotionally to sustain you through the day.
You have control of who you get your information from. This is another opportunity to be 100% responsible in your life. Do your research from trusted resources without blanket trusting. There are some companies and agencies who do NOT have your best interest in mind. Be discerning.
You have control of what you are perceiving. Our words have power. Be aware of what you are saying to yourself in response to what you are hearing from others about the Coronavirus. We are being programmed with the belief that this particular cold virus is “deadly. Notice what you are feeling. Stress is responsible for up to 90% of illness, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. When an individual is in stress, the release of stress hormones (e.g., cortisol) shuts down the immune system to conserve the body’s energy for running away from the perceived stressor, that proverbial “saber-toothed tiger.”. If unchecked, your fearful thoughts can wreck havoc on your immune system which is one of the most important systems your body requires to function properly. An emotionally balanced mind will support your choices in what to take action on rather than over react.