Indeed these are troubling times. Both uncertainty and fear of the unknown are now our companions anywhere we look and every time we leave our homes. The spread of the coronavirus (Also known as COVID-19) is one of the most serious global health security threats in decades. Our hearts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this outbreak, and we are deeply grateful to the thousands of healthcare workers who are now on the front lines fighting the diseases.
In times like these, it is important to try and keep safe but also feed our mind with positive thinking. Now is the time for taking actions and doing something about it rather than sitting on the fence.
What can we do about it? Here are 5 tips that can help.
You are not alone.
Other people are scared and feeling the negative effect of uncertainty. Now more than ever we need to reach out and see what we can do to help each other. Don’t be naive, in these times of crisis people won’t reach out to their wallets to help you, as they fear that nobody will help them when they reach rock bottom.
But having said that, we can offer the following:
- Support ( It doesn’t cost a dime, but it builds a relationship and sympathy that can grow into something big in the future)
- Barter consultancy and services (let’s say you are good at something, maybe you can offer your services in exchange for someone else’s?)
- Share your knowledge – Build your reputation as a professional. Stand out from those who are not doing anything right now. This way you will position yourself as someone with positive added value that can be relevant for future opportunities.
- Reach out – Whether if it’s your family, friends, old business colleagues or complete strangers. We are all in the same boat right now. Don’t ask for anything, just try to help in any way you can. (Good things will come back to you, big time)
Here is a great throwback from the 90s to lift your mood:
Remember that a little light can overcome a lot of darkness.
Let’s remind ourselves to be thankful for what we have. Do you remember that beautiful song by Kansas, dust in the wind? Everything we are, together with what we have accomplished can easily disappear. Now, more than ever, let’s be grateful for what we do have in our lives. Is it your family? Friends? Health? Write down anything that can boost your spirit and recharge your soul with good vibes, then try reading it out loud several times a day.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”– Melody Beattie
Make room for critical thinking but also for doing.
We are living in a hectic and super demanding century. We struggle to keep our work-life balance and most often we get the feeling of living in a rat maze.
However when was the last time when we had the chance to evaluate and examine our lives with the magnifying glass of critical thinking? To ask ourselves questions like: What do we care about the most? How to live a life of meaning? What do we want to do with the rest of our lives and how we would like to be remembered?
This can be a valuable opportunity to decide what we want with our lives.
Further reading in times of void:
Humanity will prevail, but the world as we know it will be completely different.
Plagues, epidemics, viruses, cataclysms, and wars, seems that humans have seen it all. With the advancement of technology and science, most likely that humanity will prevail in this outbreak and we will all go back to our daily lives. But what kind of world is waiting for us outside? With the economic crisis just behind the corner, millions of people will find out the harsh reality that they’ve lost their jobs and maybe even worse, their job role became no longer relevant.
In his insightful book, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (2018) by the anthropologist David Graeber, where he claims that over half of the jobs in our society are pointless, they nither provide any added value nor they are harmful. He then goes on with descriptions of five types of meaningless jobs that will be replaced by automation or they will no longer be relevant.
Are you doing whatever you can to prepper yourself for this scenario? Do you have the right skill set that can be relevant in the years to come?
Great places to learn new skills for free (or almost free) – I use them quite often:
Are you overthinking it? Don’t fall into the analysis paralysis syndrome.
Analysis Paralysis (also known as the paralysis by analysis) describes an individual that is overanalyzing or overthinking a situation and therefore their decision-making muscle becomes “paralyzed”, meaning that no course of action is decided upon. (Wiki).
No one could have predicted this outbreak. Both governments and people are doing what even they can. Personally I think that in times like these, it is important not to fall into stagnation and to flow with the curve waiting for something to happen. Now more than ever you must focus on doing rather than thinking because after it will all be over, the world will need people who are doers and not talkers.
Take the time to build a formidable character, improve your decision-making skills and build that just do it muscle.
The world will need people who are doers and not talkers.
We are all in this together. Let’s try to help each other.
Feel free to reach out and share what do you think we should do to help each other.
Till better times, stay safe stay healthy.