Sunday, 29 March 2020

The Power Of You

The saying life is what you make it might be a cliche, but it has never rung truer than it does today. We are all going through a very difficult time brought about by a virus which we do not know much about except that it is called Covid-19, that it makes part of the Corona family and that it has the ability to spread like wildfire leaving many victims in its wake. It comes as no surprise then that governments worldwide are implementing some hard measures to try and combat this new reality.

Needless to say, many are those feeling anxious and stressed because of the insecurities we are facing. This makes it all too easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for ourselves when what we need to do is to:
  • Shoulder our responsibilities 
  • Ensure our bills are still payed on time
  • Hold on to our job or at least ensure we have a job once we get back to some sort of normality
  • Keep sane
          We have the power to make it happen          

Here are four tips to  help you keep it together.

Be Responsible: Following rules and regulations has never been a forte with us humans, but at this point in time it is our biggest responsibility. Although different countries are following different procedures, we all know what the authorities in our regions are asking of us. Let's make life a little easier for everyone involved and actually do what we are being told to do. It is not that difficult once you set a plan in motion. For instance, do we really need to go to the shops so often? Of course not - if we plan it properly that is.

Keep Informed: Listening to all the information coming our way is enough to make us lose it. Let's all ensure we do not drive ourselves crazy by:

  1. Limiting the time we spend in front of our telly or on social media
  2. Only reading or listening to info that comes from trusted sources
  3. Seeking answers to our questions through the right channels
In this way, we can be rest assured that we are not being misinformed or overwhelmed by what is happening around us. If nothing else, it will also give us more time to deal with some of the other things that will see us through this difficult time which brings me to the next point.

Use Time Wisely: So if we are all spending so much more time indoors and if we should not be watching so much telly or scrolling through the barrage of posts on social media, what should we be doing with our time? A hundred and one other things. Below are but a few ideas.

Now is the time to explore new ideas and venture into different avenues. Remember that we will probably never again have so much time on our hands. Take advantage of the fact that there are so many talented people out there offering free on-line lessons to keep us busy while at the same time offering us the opportunity to empower ourselves better. Once we get going we will find that there probably aren't enough hours in the day to do everything we want to do. Besides, we can now think with a clearer mind and can cope with our health, financial or employment issues much better. 

Keep Things In Perspective: Look at the bigger picture and try to predict what the situation will be like for you in three months time. Look at it from an outsider's point of view. Think of how you would advise a family member or a good friend if they found themselves in that situation and then act on it. So, for example, if it is paying bills you are struggling with, have a good look at all the things you have to pay for on a monthly basis and decide which you can do without and which are absolutely necessary. Stick to the absolutely necessary.

On the other hand, if the problem is your job, think of what you can do right now to put yourself in a better position when the time comes. Is there anything you can train yourself better for? Any career options you can retrain for?

Only you know your reality, but one thing is for sure, you have the power to make it happen. The following are some links to get you started. Enjoy!

Exercising:    Adults          Kids                                                                                                              

Yoga:              Adults         Kids                                                                                                               

Art:                 Adults         Kids                                                                                                              

Languages:     Everyone                                                                                                                          

Books:             Adults         Kids                                                                                                              

Audio Books:  Everyone                                                                                                                         

Music:              Everyone                                                                                                                         

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