When you change your perspective, you change your life.
“Looking at life from a different perspective makes you realize that it’s not the deer that is crossing the road, rather it’s the road that is crossing the forest.” ~ Muhammad Ali
There is great fear and anxiety as a result of what is reported in the media. This is especially true with the reports surrounding Covid. Fear shuts down logic and rational thinking in the human brain.
When we are dealing with emotions like anxiety and fear, control has an opposite effect on what we are hoping for. The harder we try to get rid of our anxiety, the more anxiety we seem to have.
“If you don’t like it, get rid of it” does not work when dealing with emotions. What often happens with our emotions is “If you want to get rid of it, you end up with more of it.”
Using control to try to get rid of anxiety and fear is like digging when you are already in a hole. Prior to Covid, we did not obsess about the number of people dying from an infectious disease or the number of people dying from a Brain Injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The statistics for these situations were not reported on with the frequency with which Covid case numbers are reported.
Learning how to use our mind to be mindful of our negative feelings will promote acceptance and ultimately growth. Being mindful means that you are able to see your thoughts and not allow yourself to get carried away by them.
Practicing mindfulness in the present moment will help one deal with anxiety and fear and it is a skill that you can use in many other areas of your life. Rethink, Redo and Rewire your brain for more peace and happiness.
Reference: “The Worry Trap” By: Chad Lejeune, PH.D.