3/18/2020 8:00:00 AM
We are going to talk about refusing to live in fear. And we're talking about this now for a particular reason. There's a virus out there right.
My guest is Kristen Ekanem, Community Relations Manager with Capital Health Home Care Concierge.
It's March 13, 2020. Friday, the 13th, to give you some reference of where we are in time, because we don't know how this whole thing is going to play out. But I think the tips that we're going to go through and the advice that we're going to give you is going to be good beyond this virus. Because we will get past this virus.
We found a great article about fear, and here's an excerpt - "It is human nature to avoid emotions that scare us who wants to walk directly into what promises to be a painful experience, except that by continually avoiding looking at the boogeyman within you become hostage to the monster."
Times likes these can seem crazy. You can become overwhelmed. So one way to overcome the fear is ask yourself, Who can I help today? All of us can help. We've had disasters before. And if you look at it after the fact, most of what you're talking about is what good came out of it, the community who came and helped each other.
Tip No. 1 - Face your fear.
Tip No. 2 - Write down the things that you're grateful for. Your anxiety is a storehouse of wisdom. Write a letter to the anxiety. "I am no longer intimidated by you. What can you teach me?"
Tip No. 3 - Exercise. Exercise can refocus you and your mind. And we do know that when you exercise, you use up all that extra energy that you use to make you nervous.
Tip No. 4 - Use humor to deflect your worst fears. It may feel strange to make fun, or poke at, the very seriousness of the situation, but humor has healing powers.
Tip No. 5 - Appreciate your courage. It will make you stronger and less likely to let the next fear attack and stop you.
So, the message is don't let the boogeyman stop you in your tracks. You're bigger and better than that. And you're braver than that. It's in your best interest not to be captivated by the boogeyman. He can't hold us hostage.