You can be forgiven for thinking that the COVID-19 situation seems to have made the world go crazy. It can seem chaotic and uncertain. Things can appear like they’re spiralling out of control, particularly if you have lost your job, or you don’t know how long you will have your job, if finances are tight, you’re worried for those you care about, and a multitude of other factors that come into play.
It’s easy to suddenly find yourself slipping into anxiety and / or depression because of the uncertainty, grief for your old way of life, and a sense of a loss of control for your future.
In times like this, it’s important to acknowledge what you CAN control.
I came across these nuggets of wisdom from Caleb LP Gunner. It’s my hope you will find comfort in these words:
THINGS YOU CAN CONTROL
How honest you are
Who your friends are
What books you read
How often you exercise
The type of food you eat
How many risks you take
How you interpret the situation
How kind you are to others
How kind you are to yourself
How often you say “I love you.”
How often you say “thank you.”
How you express your feelings
Whether or not you ask for help
How often you practice gratitude
How many times you smile today
The amount of effort you put forth
How you spend / invest your money
How much time you spend worrying
How often you think about your past
Whether or not you judge other people
Whether or not you try again after a setback
How much you appreciate the things you have
You can read Caleb’s full article here.
If you’re feeling a lack of control in your life, focus on the points you CAN control, as outlined above.
What one point are you going to focus on this week to put normalcy into your life and have greater control over how you feel and respond?