We are undergoing two physical and mental epidemics. COVID-19 has unfolded uneventful terror, triggering a crazy public reaction between Netflix binging and desperate toilet paper. In 2019, a year after Gallup found that global anxiety and anxieties have hit the maximum ever. It is the latest turn in public health. The term “coronavirus” is currently the most sought after the term in Google’s history after previous reports seem to be reaching the news hour by hour.
The planet is shifting right before our eyes and the effects of these seismic changes on our society and way of life are hard to comprehend. In the future, how will travel look? What are the markets going to happen? Is it ever going to work the same? There is plenty of uncertainty, and there is a natural overwhelming and concern, but it is crucial that we tap into our deep reserves of hope to succeed and not just endure this unique time in history.
Encouraging a positive mindset in the midst of a task does not mean overlooking risk, dangers, and worries, but it means leaning into mental endurance, realizing that the human brain is told 11 million bits a second, but that it can handle only 50 bits at all times. Enabling our brains to persevere in tension, hassles and grievances in our setting enhance our brains ‘ ability to find other knowledge that is just as important, as real and probably more useful. To be able to see and rely on constructive things about the setting was connected to qualities that as a society we desperately needed at present, three times the amount of imagination, 31% more efficiency, and 23% less tension.
- Reconstruct the situation. Alternations can be a source of tremendous tension, but can also catalyze new beneficial behaviors. Improvement in our routine. We have also seen that worldwide public health practices have changed, families spending more time together, distance learning is faster than ever, and how mutual empathy and collaboration are higher than ever in our lives. As pattern analyst Li Edelkoort says, “The coronavirus provides a blank page for a new beginning in a profound conversation with De Zeen.” We now have the ability to switch quickly from a vacuum intake to double focus and communicate. That’s our time, what are we going to do with it?
- Stress rethinkers. Research indicates that our brains use a different section of the brain to interpret the information when we think of stressors as a challenge rather than a threat. Although our natural response is fight or flight (which is focused on the emotional regulation portions of the brain), our neural pathways in the pre-frontal cortex will consciously re-transmit into our cognitive centers by suggesting a basic micro-comportment that attempts to cope with stress. When you wake up in the morning, for example, force yourself to take a minute before you read the news. The mind will concentrate on the key things you need to move forward, not only will the body be less painful. One other suggestion, every time you wash or sanitize your face, is to think of one gratitude.
- Connect with friends and family. Try to isolate yourself rather than to isolate yourself from society. We live in an era when digital networking is absolutely possible, and in this turbulent time, we can offer an emotional boost. Instead of waiting to receive your emotional support from others, try to reach others to check-in or give them a word of help. People that give other people social assistance are 40% more likely to obtain it in reverse. But research shows that with Facetime, Marco Polo, and House Party you can remotely talk with a friend or group of friends.
- Regularly refresh your mind. Stress needs more time and self-care focus. Positive medicine expert Dr. Bobo says: “Without healthy, we are not satisfied.” Good nutrition is important to the mind in the midst of stress, to exercise, to write and to say thank you. Try a body scan meditation to realize that you could retain tension and to consciously relax your muscles to smooth your own body.
It is a struggle to stay optimistic in the midst of vulnerability, but all four approaches are skills to practice and develop. By knowing brain consciousness and spending just a few minutes to base our attitude on this global crisis, we can unlock our full potential and unleash our imagination and resilience.