What if?

At the moment the whole world seems ready to go down the “what if” rabbit hole.

“What if they have to close the schools because of Covid-19?”

“What if I can’t go to work because of the coronavirus?”

“What if I get the coronavirus?”

What if I die of the coronavirus?”

Go down that rabbit hole of fearful thoughts and you will soon find yourself in Wonderland where nothing seems real anymore.

Coping with Coronavirus

I know all of the above can happen, but I also know it might not.

Giving in to fearful thinking only means that you suffer now! Right now!

Your body and mind do not distinguish between yesterday, today or tomorrow. What you are thinking right now is what your body feels right now.

When you have a fearful thought, your body immediately steps up to support you. Adrenaline starts pumping and you are in the flight or fight mode before you know it. Keep up the fearful thinking and the body will keep on supporting your fearful thoughts. Adrenaline will continue to pump through your body, eventually leading to complete fatigue. In this vulnerable state, your immune system cannot function at its best and severe tiredness, and especially long-term tiredness, can cause feelings of depression and anxiety.

What to do?

To have fearful thoughts is completely understandable. All we see and hear about at the moment is Covid-19 this or that. Coronavirus is the hot topic of discussion.

With over 60,000 thoughts buzzing through our heads on a daily basis, trying to catch and control every single one is futile.

But you can do a number of things that will make times like those we are experiencing at the moment, easier.

Remember

Remember that we are more robust than we give ourselves credit for. People in general are in good health and have built-in defence systems that help the body to fight illness, the coronaviruses included.

Protecting the vulnerable

We can also protect the more vulnerable. Because everybody is aware of the coronavirus, we can avoid vulnerable people when we don’t feel very well. We can give vulnerable people the opportunity to protect themselves, whether that is by self-isolation or by taking extra precautions. Thank goodness we got the heads-up!

If you have to stay at home, use the time you would have travelled to catch up on reading or do tasks you have been putting off for ages. Use the extra time to do positive things, clear the loft, tidy your drawers, call friends on the phone and have proper long conversations. 

Surviving Covid 19

Try new recipes and plan all the things you want to do when the world once again gets used to this new phenomenon and things return to normal.  

Don’t listen to the news obsessively. Catch up once or twice a day to make sure you are up to date with arrangements that might affect you but do not listen to everybody’s story. Otherwise, it’s like starting a tiny snowball that keeps rolling until you have a gigantic boulder that can destroy your confidence.

I know it will be traumatic for people who are caught up in this crisis. Weddings, concerts, parties and festivals are being cancelled and it is hugely disappointing if you have been planning a special trip for ages. Trust yourself and know you will make the right decision for you.

Also, remember how humanity comes together in times of crisis. The best of us comes out when things get difficult.

Join Billy Ocean and sing: “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” and you will see, we will get through this.

If you are struggling with feelings of anxiety or finding it difficult to cope and would like to talk to someone, please get in touch. Life coach sessions can be conducted by phone or Zoom

If you have any medical concerns, make sure to check the NHS 111 Website