With a serious virus circling the planet and all of the financial, social, and day-to-day impacts to our lives, we are in uncharted territory.
Of course the unknown can feel scary. Worrying makes it worse. What can we do to ease fear and anxiety?
I had to first ask myself this question. Here’s what’s been working for me.
Practicing mindful choosing.
When you become aware of feeling fearful or anxious, choose to put your focus on something that feels better, and true to you.
For me, I started by shifting my focus away from my retirement savings losing value. I’ve instead focused on not needing that money soon and remembering there is time for it to grow again.
I’ve gotten outside more. Feeling the solidity of Mother Earth beneath my feet, the wind in my hair, and the sun on my face. I’m taking more pictures of nature, focusing on all the gifts that surround me.
The half moon rising above Gore Range,
across from Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Colorado
And, I’ve been meditating and praying for calm energy for me and for anyone else who needs it too. I’ve also been more patient and kinder, with myself and with those around me.
Maybe most importantly, when I notice I’m fearful or anxious, I stop what I’m doing and simply witness the fear and anxiety. At the same time, I give myself some positive attention, allowing the fear and anxiety to be melted by love.
Practicing mindful choosing – it’s called a Practice for a reason. We may not do it perfectly, but every time we mindfully choose something that feels better, we give ourselves a gift and make the world a better place.