Quieting our thoughts will help us to think with more clarity.
Most of us have not experienced lockdowns or periods of ‘distancing’ where we may not be able to access support systems such as school, work, friends and even family. The loss of our social framework affects many people severely because we are largely a communal species. The statistics of mental stress worldwide since the Covid-19 pandemic started show results that are staggering, with manifold increases in reported cases of depression, domestic violence and anxiety.
Psychologists say that the effect of the pandemic on mental health will continue even if social restrictions begin to relax, with some people suffering for the long-term. This is partly due to fear of the unknown which proliferates in our minds, conjuring thousands of ‘ifs’, and setting off another frenzy of negative thoughts. We can manage this better by being mindful of our thoughts and bringing them back to the present moment, whilst gently convincing our minds to not overthink.
Take a deep breath, and be aware of your breath to calm down. Clear our minds, so that we can move forward with clarity. We can then focus on what we can do instead of what may happen. To gain confidence in taking positive actions, set a simple goal to achieve. Keep taking these small steps until good momentum is gained.
When we stabilise our own emotions and minds, we are able to help those in need. Look out for friends or family members who seem a bit more subdued, quiet or moody, and reach out to them.
Lend them a listening ear, without judgement or forcing our views upon them. If they need help from qualified counselors, assist them in finding a suitable one. Our simple caring actions can go a long way in making a positive impact on others.