Author : Sunil Shah , Founder : http://adviceyogi.com/
Yes!these are times of unprecedented uncertainty, volatility , fear and anxiety, and it’s easy for us to become overwhelmed by the world around us. And consciously or sub-consciously we may focus our thoughts on the things/events we can not control like the lockdown/the epidemic / the world economy / the future post epidemic and so on and so forth ….. This continuous focus of our thoughts on “things/events we can not control” exponentially increases our fear and anxiety level.
But here also we have a choice , a choice of shifting our pattern of thoughts to the things / events we can control.
The first thing is the thought itself. We should remember that in the times of crisis also we have the opportunity that we are in control of our own thoughts, which in turn control our emotions and our actions. Though it requires a regular practice of discipline , deliberations and intentionality, it greatly benefits both our mind and body
How we experience the over all scene around us . We need to live with these unprecedented scenario as normal . Means we need to take/comprehend whatever is happening now around us as “new normal”. It exists , simply exists now.
We create our thoughts. We in an effort to make sense of our external environment, we consciously / unconsciously try to decode what’s going on around us . If we continuously think a negative thought , our thoughts will cause our emotions. Soon our feelings will follow suit, causing more emotions like anxiety, frustration and panic. Our actions create our life. What we do and what we don’t do shape our personal world, and they’re all set into motion by the thoughts we created after the initial event.
We can intentionally make minor shifts in our thoughts . For example , we can think “This is fun, a new style” instead of our primary response in a state of crisis “I can’t possibly work from home”.
We can alter our response to crisis by intentionally thinking “Yes I can safely navigate through these times of crisis , Yes I can manage my business , Yes it is a new normal and I accept it , Yes I’m doing my best , Yes I can and I will make optimal use of available resources, Yes it is an opportunity to upskill myself , and so on and so forth”.
These minor shifts is thoughts are easily accepted & welcomed by our brain.
And the magic happens ,as these thoughts influence our actions, we start the day with new energy and with more control over that energy. Instead of reacting or not acting at all, now we have the energy to be proactive, feeling more powerful , more resilient and in control of ourselves than we did before.