We have never faced anything like this in modern history. We, as a society. We, as a community.
And while many of us have not yet managed to grasp the severity of the situation we are facing, others are preparing. Let’s all be prepared! Mentally and physically.
Because the truth is: nobody knows exactly what’s coming; and that’s the scariest part. Today I simply wanted to take the time to highlight what I think will be most important in the weeks and months to come.
1. Don’t panic
First things first, panic is a natural human impulse. It acts as a protective mechanism among herds and other groups of animals. We as humans, however, possess something no other species does: rational thought.
And rational thought tells us that panic won’t do anything to alleviate this situation.
Now fair enough, that is easier said than done. But let me lay out a few other steps that may make it easier to have rationality prevail over fear.
2. Accept that your life is going to change
Daily life as you have been living it for the past years and decades will change drastically in the coming months. It is vital that you understand this now in order to take the appropriate measures early and be prepared.
Accepting and preparing will be the two most important things you can do now to prevent panic from taking over later.
3. Develop mental strength
One of the most important skills to have in times of isolation and uncertainty is mental strength and a clear vision of who you are as a person and what you stand for. Developing mental strength is like building a muscle; the more you do it, the easier and more enjoyable it becomes.
This includes building new habits, routines, social contacts. Perhaps rethinking your goals. Unfortunately, this does not develop over night so the earlier you start the better.
4. Take decisive action
Some things cannot be planned out or are too important not to be done immediately. Take any action that YOU think might set you up well for the coming time NOW. Don’t wait until the last moment. Not only will this give you peace of mind, it will also free up mind-space formerly occupied by worrying.
Those are the things I am thinking about right now. Maybe you can find some inspiration in them as well!
NOTE: This is not intended as a lecture on things to do or ways to behave. I am simply concerned by the lack of concern I see all around me. Better be over-prepared than not at all.