Conquering our minds in times of Covid-19

LET’S face it, being at home for two days seems like a holiday but being home for over 25 days is something else altogether. We have never, as a community lived something like this before, and because it’s new it can come with overwhelming feelings we probably have never had before either.

Our main challenge for this moment seems to be conquering our mind. And having the realisation that our minds are truly powerful and can bring out the best or worst in us during these struggling times.

Anxiety. Has someone been feeling anxious these past days? I know I have. I have been reading the news like probably never before and every bit of news seems either dramatic or hopeless.

Cases rising everywhere, people losing loved ones, governments fighting, and the community just wishing for things to end.

My question here is, can we do something to change the way things are, other than do our part? I have decided to change anxiety for responsibility. What if instead of worrying about everything that I can’t control, I change it for doing what I should.

Stay home and follow the rules. Be safe for myself but also for my family. If we keep to that, then maybe we can have the certainty that things are more likely to be more positive. When times get overwhelming and we feel anxious, I encourage everyone to just keep to what we have to do each day and feel comfort from that. Just doing our part by staying homes, we’re saving lives.

Frustration. No motivation to go through each day? I know I wake up some days wondering what to do. Should I start a course? Should I try a new recipe? Should I work out? Should I work? Some days I just want to stay in bed, and you know what, it’s OK. It’s OK if there are days where you feel lost. Accept them and let them sink in. Don’t run away from the feeling, embrace it and understand that it’s OK also to go through struggling times. But when you come out of it, go for everything!

Who said being home means you can’t do anything? Don’t let your mind trick you that you’re stuck in life. Break through and realise that when you have a motivation to push forward you will always find a way to succeed in anything you do.

Angry. Has anyone been angry these past days?

I can imagine some people are starting to get on each other’s nerves and any conversation feels like a touchy subject to go nuts about!

These will of course come up that can be difficult moments staying in one place together but this is the best time to show extra compassion.

Small things like helping with the house chores, making the coffee for your partner, surprising your kids with a fun game or activity or help check in with other families or friends through video calls or messages.

It is important to make an effort to appreciate them and be thankful that everyone with you are healthy and safe together.

Now more than ever we have to be more considerate with everyone in our home and the ones closest to you.

I believe this time is also a time for reconnecting. How about we change all the negativity and think about gratitude. Be thankful that we have been given an opportunity to spend more time with our loved ones, to rediscover things about ourselves, to find creative ways to have fun, to come closer to friends and keep in touch.

We can then make a conscious effort to be good to ourselves and change the negative feelings into feelings we can be with that gives us energy each day.

Among the many lessons we will get from this pandemic, the most important one in my opinion will be building a strong mind.

A mind that has the vulnerability to understand and feel what’s happening, but also the strength to pull through and give us the power to grow and come out of this.

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Nicol David , column , Covid-19


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