Wellbeing Amidst Pandemic: Reframing perception

By Sadie Hussain

Concerns about the pandemic are perfectly normal. However, to those that experience intense anxiety or unhelpful thoughts that impact their day to day lives, try to focus on issues that are in your control, such as how you act, who you speak to and where you get information from.

It is fine to acknowledge that some things are outside of your control, but if constant thoughts about the pandemic and its effects are leading to overwhelming feelings, try utilizing the coping methods such praying, meditation, mindful breathing or setting positive affirmations. Be attentive to negative emotions and identify relaxation techniques that best work for you.

During a time of heightened uncertainty and unrest, it is natural to have many questions in mind and in the absence of information, an anxious mind will often consider worst case scenarios (what if’s), leading to feelings of helplessness and vulnerability.

We are at a climax of the history of our Earth. Take deep breaths, practice mindful grounding, be grateful for today and for all that you have. Cultivate thoughts of hope and better days ahead.
Consider reframing questions in order to shift thinking to a more constructive mindset. Examples of questions may be:

  • What are the things within my control?
  • What are the strategies that have helped with challenging situations in the past?
  • How can these strategies be tailored to help me cope during this time?
  • What are the positive actions that I can take now?

There are certainly some things that you can control such as your attitude, your output and your contribution. When you control your thoughts and emotions, you harness clarity of mind. Remember the well-known serenity affirmation? “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.” Do not use your energy to worry. Instead, use your energy to believe and to make a change.

  • The above advice should not be considered as a comprehensive report or medical advice concerning issues that may affect physical and mental wellbeing.
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