In no way do I mean to lessen the significance of the Covid-19 impact, but at the same time I do encourage you to consider the impact to your health if you allow your brain to shift into perseverating on the illness.
There are many things that you can, and should, do to reduce your risk, but also you could ask if getting minute-by-minute status updates on the number of verified cases in another country is one of these things. Or, if finding out that a celebrity in another country has tested positive is going to increase the likelihood that you will too.
You know that our brains are very powerful, and yet, they are also designed to be more attracted to the negative. This bias makes sense in a world where knowing the part of the river where a hippopotamus has staked claim can allow you to avoid it and stay safe. But in a world where the constant news feed from all over the world is biased toward the negative not for your safety as much as for your consumption, then you have to take a more concerted effort to determine what is right for you in order to best protect yourself.
This protection for some could be taking an increased amount of time away from the pervasive news. For others, it could mean looking at the same statistics and seeing a 97% survival rate. And for others the focus on finding opportunities to create calm is how they best weather the very stressful situations.
If we have learned anything over the recent years, as the volume of negative news continues to snowball, we would all benefit from filtering the information that we allow in and striving to become better at processing how it impacts our mind and body. It takes effort. The fear is strong and the brain’s goal of protection can be bolstered by seemingly logical points that makes it seem all the more necessary to be afraid and pay attention to the negative. Take a moment and thank your brain for this focus on protection. Then, maybe find space to relax and allow yourself to create some calm. Your immune system needs it.
As always, let me know how I can help.