Corona Crisis: Relax, Everything is Out of Control
Media makes you petrified, the global economy wants you to be fearful, and your fellow men fuel your pessimism – a deadly cocktail most of us aren’t immune to.
The whole world wants you to drag into a downward spiral, and you have no other chance than to give in.
Are you destined to live in apathy and stagnation?
What Really Matters
In the back of our minds, I’d argue, we all know the answer: There’s a choice. Always. At any time.
We have a choice to be strong, focused, and decisive in our thoughts and actions.
In good times, however, it’s challenging to experience the essence of life because there’s so much external distraction: countless social events, gossip, a luxury lifestyle – just to name a few.
Consequently, the important things in life get neglected, and your personal development shifts into the background of your life. Some examples:
- You could meditate, sure, but your life already feels good – why bothering with this stuff?
- You could work on your finances, but you already have enough money – so why care?
- You know it’s time to improve your professional skills, but you do have a safe career – maybe next year?
Here’s the good news: personal transformation is easier and more accessible in times of crisis because you have no other choice than facing your fears. Matter of fact, even the most important figures in human history have gained their deepest insights in times of immense tribulation.
Buddha reached enlightenment while sitting under a Bodhi tree, suffering from poverty, loneliness, and internal chaos. Jesus had been lost in the Judaean Desert for 40 days, abandoned by God, tempted by the devil, and still had managed to save his soul.
As you can see, you’re in great company if you’re currently suffering adversity. But it’s on you to use this exceptional opportunity to uncover your hidden potential which has gotten buried down by the duties and chores of your daily life.
Now, the obvious question that arises is this: where to start your own journey of self-transformation while the whole world is falling into chaos?
Why You Feel Helpless
If you start to look for an external solution, the current state of the world will make you drown in information overload, uncertainty, and, ultimately, fear.
As soon as you browse the internet, open the TV, or even talk to friends, everyone seems to speculate about Covid-19 and its local, regional, and global consequences – without any satisfying result.
There’s a lot of talking out there, but no-one really understands what’s going on. Nobody gets the big picture, and nobody can tell you how all of this will shape our future.
So far, we all know the necessary Corona basics, and that’s all we need to know. Try to stay at home, do social distancing, wear a mask outside, and wash your hands as often as you can. But once you do all of this, there’s nothing much left you can do about this pandemic and it’s totally ok to accept our limitations as human beings.
Your Only Job Is …
It’s not your job to think through this crisis because you’re (most probably ) not a virologist, futurist, economist, or politician.
So forget infection numbers, vaccines, stock markets, and politics for a minute. None of them will help you much with the practicalities of your life. Right now, your only job is to keep a clear mind, control your fears, and then take care of yourself and the people around you.
And in case you should be afraid of missing out important news about the pandemic, just remember that, if something really important happens (like free money for everyone), your friends, family, and colleagues will let you know – trust me.
One Simple Question
Instead of looking outwards and falling into the current chaos of the world, turn inwards and ask yourself one simple question:
What do you really fear?
Please allow me to explain.
Covid-19 is most certainly dangerous, but if we’re really honest, we do fear something much deeper than that: we’re not only scared by the Coronavirus itself, but rather by its implications for the world as we know it.
That’s no wonder as most of us have gotten used to living inside the human rat race: we wake up early, go to work (or school), and in the evening we visit friends or watch some Netflix. And now, this way of life has begun to show initial cracks.
For the first time in many decades, the (western) world faces uncertainty and destabilization on a global scale – and we’re scared.
It’s definitely not healthy to downplay these fears because whatever we resist will persist.
Therefore, it’s time to pinpoint these fears one by one, every single one of us. Otherwise, these fears will lead to panic, irrational decisions, and eventually to irreversible damages on a global scale.
So again; What are you scared off? Is it really just Corona, or maybe something deeper?
„The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” – Rumi
Are you scared of losing everything you have worked so hard for? Your job, your savings, and even your loved ones?
Maybe you fear upcoming changes, and you don’t know if you are ready to handle them?
Or is it more of an oppressive feeling inside your chest? Uncertainty feels heavy, doesn’t it?
Whatever it is, start to tap into these fears. Start to cherish them and, ultimately, use them as a catalysator for your personal transformation.
Your Corona Gameplan
But once you got very specific about your fears, STOP.
Stop conceptualizing your fears, stop immersing yourself into them, and stop trying to understand them. Your mind is playing a trick on you. Eckhart Tolle summarized this perfectly by saying „the primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.”
All you need to do is acknowledging your negative thought patterns, and observe how your thinking activates negative emotions like anxiety, nervousness, or anger. Become an observant of your internal chaos, and it will subside eventually.
If you keep applying this strategy, you will reach a point where you won’t take your negative thoughts and emotions too seriously. Eventually, your negativity will become like a good old friend who visits you from time to time.
Great practical starting points are meditation, emotional freedom techniques, and extended walks in nature – choose the one which suits you best.
Activating Your Monk Mode
Every time you succeeded in accepting your negative thoughts and feelings, it’s time to take decisive action. At this point it’s crucial to shift from your inner world into the external world, otherwise, all of your inner work has been in vain and you will drown in self-doubt and apathy.
Start small, start slow, but start now: clean your room, declutter your basement, and arrange your files. You could also go for a run – do anything that gets you in motion. And if you want to take it to the next level, start to manage your finances, learn a new skill, or even start to build a side project. The list is endless.
Whatever you decide to tackle first, keep in mind that once you get into motion, you need to keep on moving at any circumstance. Otherwise, you will fall into passivity and be prone to toxic people and fear-based mainstream-media.
Stop the endless chatting on WhatsApp, cut YouTube to a minimum, and avoid mainstream media at all costs. All of this stuff opens the gate for unhappiness and apathy – especially in times of crisis.
And in case you should end up in a negative downward spiral of negativity, remember that your old friend called fear is supposed to visit you from time to time. That’s totally fine. All you need to do is to treat him with some respect, engage in a small conversation, and before you know it, he will be gone again.