Uncertainty is a fact of life. But the last few weeks have been especially intense with all of the fear, anxiety, confusion, and frustration surrounding the global outbreak of the coronavirus - on top of the myriad of pressures you already face on a regular basis.
But what if this was all happening for you, not to you?
What if the virus was meant to bring us together?
To remind how great it is to be alive?
To emphasize (usually) how easily we can access the rest of the world?
The truth is most of the get used to these luxuries in our lives. We take them for granted, forget to appreciate them, or focus on what is not working rather than on what is.
While it’s important to stay informed and not take the situation lightly, it is also an opportunity for growth, presence, and gratitude.
So, where to start?
1. Power of presence
You get to choose your thoughts in every single moment. You can choose to be anxious, fearful or you can choose not to be. Assuming you want to choose the latter over the former, a great way to get out of fearful thoughts is focusing on what is actually happening for you in this moment. Where are you sitting or standing? What can you hear? What can you smell?
Grounding yourself into what is actually happening for you will help you relax.
Taking a few deep intentional breaths will help reset your nervous system, allowing you to feel more at ease. Notice where your breath feels most alive in your body and use that as an anchor point. If your mind is racing, fearful or frustrated, direct your attention to your breath.
If you’re reading this, you’re likely not at high risk for the virus. Can you think of other things (besides your health) that are a part of your life that you can be grateful for?
I invite you to notice something about your current situation that can make you feel safe. Whether it is a roof over your head, support from friends and family, pets -- let this be your reminder that at this moment you are okay.
Staying healthy is at the top of everyone’s priority list right now and we can all support our immune system by washing our hands frequently, sanitizing our work and home environments, avoiding shaking hands, and staying away from anyone who may be showing any symptoms.
Thinking healthy thoughts helps too!
Sending you so much love.
Samara Zelniker is a yogi, wine drinker, pet lover and travel junkie.