KEEPING SANE IN THIS CRAZY WORLD
Updated: Feb 8, 2021
What in the world is going on? I had so many plans for 2020, and now I am battling cabin fever. I am confined to only work, home, and an occasional quick grocery run! It is easy to get discouraged by the sad and depressing news, but I am encouraged by the resilience I see from ordinary people. I have witnessed an outpouring of love to individuals who have been impacted by COVID-19. I have seen communities’ band together and support strangers with random acts of kindness.
How do we keep from losing our minds in these crazy times? In these crazy times, this is when we must activate our higher powers and rise above the insanity. One thing I know for sure is that you must lean on your faith to help navigate these unchartered waters. COVID-19 may be with us for a while. Public Health experts suggest that it may be with us for the rest of our lives, and we must learn - quickly - how to survive it!
I encourage anyone struggling with situational anxiety to start channeling positive affirmations. One of my favorite affirmations is: “FAITH OVER FEAR.” Chanting “faith over fear” gives me the energy I need to rise and flex above whatever I am facing, such as monitoring my negative self-talk and staying in the present moment. We cannot allow ourselves to become victims of anxiety about forces beyond our control. RELEASE IT!
Yes, COVID-19 is here! Yes, our government is failing us! Yes, things seem out of control! Yes, I am scared! These are all valid feelings. However, in the fullness of my current situation, I am charged with controlling what I can and releasing what I cannot. Employ faith to fight your fear and the unnecessary trappings of your mind. Remember, feelings are not facts. They are merely a way that your mind processes emotions; some are healthy, and some are not!
In the coming months, and maybe years, I encourage you to become proactive as opposed to reactive about your mental health. We know that there is an invisible enemy lurking. We know that the virus does not discriminate. We also have been given valuable knowledge about how to best protect ourselves. Lean into the public health experts, not your local or nationally elected official, to help you make the best decisions regarding your life.
Be Well & Stay Safe, Fam…
Gwendolyn D. Clemons, MBA, MSM