So lockdown has proven to be tough on some people.. So I thought I’d share some tips to try and help deal with stress in these times.
You see ... ANXIETY.... It is all about accepting things as they are, and not wishing them to be as you want them to be.
If we can’t accept the reality of a situation and want to try and change it, or argue it all of the time, this can bring on discontentment, and frustration, leading to negative feelings and sometimes even anxiety or depression.
I am talking of circumstances that we can do nothing about, and the coronavirus lockdown is one of these instances, where for our own good, we need to do what we don't want to do, and we mostly don’t want to accept the reality and seriousness of this virus on the economy and our worlds as we know them. Hence, instead of thinking of different ways of living, and learning a way around working in the lockdown, a lot of people find themselves scared, lonely and anxious or depressed.
STRESS - It is not your circumstances that make you stressed it is how you respond to them.
Take two drivers, the first driver gets angry at other drivers, frustrated by the traffic, and angry at the fact that there are potholes. He is very stressed and uptight by the time he reaches his destination, now his cortisol levels are through the roof which are detrimental to his immune system and health.
The second driver notices someone try to cut him up, but wonders where that driver’s mind is, and what he is thinking about or going through today. He acknoweldges the road is bad and puts his energy into avoiding the potholes, and he knew the traffic would be heavy so has left an extra 1/4 hr for his travel time. This driver is calm when he reaches the other end, and has been more mindful of other’s situations. His cortisol levels have not been raise and is in good health!
You see ... it is how we react to the situation that causes the stress levels and not the incident itself.
A + B = C
where A is the incident, B is you and your reaction, and C is your stress level
So how do we manage our emotions and react differently??
We need to train ourselves to think LATERALLY...
There is generally more than one answer to a question, more than one solution to a problem, more than one way of fixing something.
When you have recalled how to fix something, react to something, but that doesn’t work, then think again and find another solution!
Be open, be flexible in your mind, and realise that a creative mind is not about being a genius, it is about learning to relax and open the mind to different ways and ideas......