These days, it’s hard to not be sacred. We are surrounded by government warnings, bad news, and well-intended but misguided advices on social media. Too much hearsays? Can’t help but wonder – what is to believe?
The safety blanket we have been used to is off. Feeling a bit naked? You’re not alone.
What can one do in time like this? Whom to trust? How do you fact-check on an unknown virus? Anxiety on top of the fear exacerbates the situation. To ameliorate, perhaps we can start by looking at where we ground ourselves.
I am referring to the non-negotiable values and beliefs that each of us has. While at it, examine the reason. Why do we feel this way? A worthy journey for anytime but more so now. Be gentle with the self and be reassuring at the same time.
An opportunity to invest in ourselves, because self compassion builds trust and confidence.
By chance, others may have the same feeling that they are scared too. Maybe just a little. But to reach out and form solidarity with others, we need to first extend our compassion to ourselves, then to others.
What are your emotional anchors? How important are they?