How not to let your mind be infected by the Coronavirus

Read the headlines, talk to your neighbors, or notice the growing number of faces covered with surgical masks. Frightening, huh? No doubt there’s a potential pandemic looming on the horizon, but does this mean that anxiety and worse, panic, are now inescapable parts of life? The answer is a resounding NO!

When we’re anxious we worry, we anticipate chaos—things getting worse. And when we anticipate chaos, we become stressed, which affects us emotionally as well as chemically. If you couple stress with insecurity, it becomes anxiety.

Don’t misunderstand, the courageous person isn’t averse to taking precautions—it’s the same reason we buckle our seat belts and take vitamins. The less courageous person, however, is susceptible to the projections of insecurity. Insecurity is the culprit that promotes a disproportionate, agitated reaction, the dreaded “what-ifs.”

Starting today, you can learn to choose a more courageous path that doesn’t permit your what-iffing mind to be eclipsed with hysterical fantasies. How? Look around you, take a deep breath (or two) and recognize that your fantasies are not your reality. Anxiety lives in some arbitrary, insecurity defined future; you live in the here-and-now present. Stay present!

If you really want to minimize or eliminate anxiety about this epidemic, you’re going to have to risk believing that this too shall pass, that you’ll be okay. For some this form of optimism will feel reckless, but remember, being concerned isn’t being panicked. The essential difference is that concern deals with prudent here-and-now precautionary facts, being worried deals with unrestrained fantasies of doom-and-gloom.

If nothing else, starting today, practice staying present and not allowing your insecurity-driven fears to go unchecked. No doubt, this may take practice, but if you work at this, you will be ensuring something important: you will not be allowing this virus to infect your mind.

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