The Coronavirus – stay calm, cause this too shall pass. It may seem that this Corona Virus situation is getting progressively worst for all but in particular, for you the entrepreneur. However, if you can remain calm, we can navigate through these trouble waters together and come out on the positive side of things. All we have to do is remain cool, calm, and collective.
When a serious situation arises, such as this pandemic, most people’s first inclination may be to panic. Unfortunately, by panicking, severe anxiety and stress can drive you into a complete meltdown. This type of response can also cause severe long-lasting damage to your health. In addition to lowering your ability to react positively, it may even spin you into an analysis paralysis scenario from which you may not recover. Remember to stay calm as you fight through the Coronavirus crisis.
Readiness… A Mental State of Mind
I learned my mental toughness through my military training. It taught me how to reach my maximum level of success by learning to stay calm under pressure. I was taught the ability to develop and maintain a particular state of psychological readiness, a mental preparedness that I could summon on demand. This was not a magic potion; but a learned survival trait, that you too can tap into.
Prepare For Mental Toughness
Consider today’s environment regarding this viral pandemic. You have a business and a family to protect. How do you provide for one while trying to keep the other afloat? It’s not easy and you need not lose yourself trying, what you need is mental toughness. Mental toughness is a process that filters out noise, help you sort out the good from the bad. A process that sharpens your mind so you can see alternatives clearly and stimulates you into taking actions so you can stay mobile to weave through the minutia that comes your way. Remember that your goal is to stay calm through this Coronavirus crisis.
If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come. ~ C. S. Lewis
Ignore the media
Today’s media is nothing more than agenda-driven political hacks. Do not listen to the talking heads. Do your own research and listen to what the medical community is saying. If possible do not react immediately. Once you have valid verifiable information and not opinions, begin forming your plan of action. By doing so, it will help you remain less emotional and improve your ability to make rational decisions.
Stressful situations may make your mind go in a thousand different directions and clouds your thinking. The more your mind wanders, the more difficult it will be for you to remain calm. Avoid imagining the worst-case scenarios for yourself or your business. Instead, let go of negative thoughts and focus your mind on positive thoughts. Stay positive.
Do Not Engage In “What If” Scenarios
This mental exercise induces sheer panic and forces you to see yourself in scenarios that have not occurred and may never occur. Focus instead on the facts and work on actionable positive solutions for you to consider.
Take good care of yourself. Pay attention to the signs that your body is giving you. Make your health a priority. Get plenty of rest, do not forget to eat. Stay hydrated. You will be amazed by how quickly your body will react to stress and anxiety. If you allow your body to deteriorate, you may not be able to work through a crisis. In order for you to work at your peak, your body must be at its peak to respond well in a crisis situation.
Reach Out To Others
If you have a supportive friend or group, reach out to them. It is best to knock ideas around among people your trust than to bottle them up inside and try to deal with it yourself. Sometimes a person that is not emotionally tied to the situation may have enough insight as to provide you with a hint or solution. As you knock ideas around among your group, you yourself may start seeing the beginnings of a solution more clearly. If you can, take notes from which you can pull ideas from later on.
Take A Break
Whenever possible, distance yourself from the situation for a while. By doing so, you keep from being in a prolonged state of stress and anxiety. Allow yourself time to process these dilemmas and its baggage of emotions. Later on, you’ll be able to approach the situation with a fresh perspective.
Stay calm, disconnect, stay healthy, and do not allow yourself to be consumed by a crisis.