How To Overcome Your Fear During The Pandemic

  • by XpatAthens
  • Monday, 28 September 2020
How To Overcome Your Fear During The Pandemic
I meet a lot of people around me whose only topic of discussion is COVID-19. There are so many "what ifs," and the scenarios are not just dark; they are entirely black. It's not that we should not talk about the pandemic that is affecting the whole world. It concerns all of us, and yes, unfortunately, it still holds a prominent place in our daily lives. But there is a big difference between "I take precautions for myself and others" and "the end of the world has come."

Do not allow natural fear to transform into a phobia; while fear can shake you and get you into action, phobia paralyzes you and leads you to inactivity.
What we are going through is difficult and unknown. It's not in our nature to abstain from hugging our family and friends; however, this is the reality humanity faces today; tomorrow, things will be different. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We know that this, too, shall pass, but we also know that our lives after COVID-19 will not be the same as before. What we refer to as "normal" will not exist. It's not the first time humankind is going through such hard times. World War II is one such example; everyday life on a personal and professional level was different both before and after the war.

Nothing is permanent other than ourselves and our relationships, so we need to take special care. By allowing situations to influence and direct you, you are not helping yourself or others.

So what can you do? Here are some tips that will help:

1. Use the two outstanding skills you already have: patience and endurance. If you feel that you do not possess them 100%, don't worry; a few exercises will help you develop them.

2. Commit to something that is very important to you and that you will do every single day—for example, not checking your cell phone and social media for half an hour every day.

3. Observe what you allow to get into your internal and external environment. This practice will help you maintain a calm state of self-confidence and achieve something you want.

Opportunities exist in every situation. If someone else can do it, so can you!


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