I read Joe's post, "I am angry." It triggered a thought process.
Are you Afraid of the COVID-19 virus? You should be afraid, but what you do with that fear is the utmost importance.
Some will let FEAR debilitate them. Some will go against the safety nets and lash out. Some will allow it to control their every move. Some will deal with fear with denial.
Fear Is Not Real
Most will think that fear is real, especially in light of the many deaths that are taking place from the virus across the world.
But the Marriam webster definition lines it out for us:
FEAR is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.
Do you see this? It is a perceived emotion. Not a real one, but one we believe may happen.
Do you believe you may die from the virus? That is a fear that has not happened.
Do you believe you will lose all of your money and not have a job? That is a FEAR and not real at this time. Not to say it may not happen. But if you FEAR it, then you are placing energy on worry and not on the positive.
Do you FEAR the pain and uncertainty of what the virus can do to you? If you haven't had the virus and don't have it now, then you are wasting energy with FEAR.
Fear Will Dibilitate You
Fear can lead us to anger, frustration, psychological changes and behavioral changes.
We are witnessing these changes in people across the nation. Countries are blaming other countries for the virus. Responsibility has fallen by the wayside.
People are buying and hoarding guns and ammunition. Looting has increased. Left-wing militants are rising up.
Facebook confrontation has increased with everyone trying to convince another to believe their way.
And neighborhoods have turned into massive arguments and blaming wars.
FEAR Will Kill Our Nation And Our Families.
So what can you do about it? Right now, you have good sound reasons to fear. But is your fear real? For some, it is because they have the virus or are losing family members.
But for many, FEAR is a perceived idea of what may happen.
You have to practice social distancing, but you don't have to isolate yourself to the news 24/7. Keep up to date, but don't bury your head in the news. Keep your mind on positive things that will lift you.
While you are at home and away from friends, you can still text them and make sure they are safe and well. Don't let your fear keep you from caring about others.
You can exercise. I know some don't like to exercise as I do. But activity can come in the form of setting a goal to walk across your house 25 times a day.
Exercise releases endorphins that help to calm the mind. It only takes five minutes of exercise to begin to relieve anxiety. It promotes sleep and keeps the joints lubricated.
Give Your Fear Away
Actively remind yourself that you are alive, and what you think may happen is FEAR. When you feel a thought or anxious feeling rising, don't tamp it down. Give it away to the air or your higher power.
There are many people in this world working on a vaccine for COVID-19, so you do not have to fear. Give your fear up and let it go.
Acknowledge your fear
Speak your fear out loud. When you do this, you are acknowledging that you have control over it, and it is not real. What you are afraid of is a perceived concern. If it hasn't happened, then it is not real.
Occupy Your Mind
Now is an excellent opportunity to work on your business. Or practice writing, or re-write some of your older posts. People are sitting at home on their phones, i-pads, PC, and TV. They are looking for surfing the internet looking for you. Let them know what you have and what you can do for them.
You are one of the fortunate ones who have an online business, and with the social distancing and separation, you now have time to work your business. Do all you can in the period you have.
An active mind doesn't have time to worry or FEAR.
I hope these suggestions help you alleviate fear. Just remember, fear is not real; it is a perceived thought. And you have control over your thoughts.
Stay safe, social distance, and above all, wash your hands. You will all be in my prayers.