As we all are aware, the past week was absolutely crazy.
The financial markets were going every which way, the WHO declared the COVID-19 spread a pandemic, sporting and other entertainment events kept being canceled, people getting sick, toilet paper, etc.
I woke up Saturday morning with a stiff back, and since I usually have a little tightness when I wake up, I wasn’t too worried about it.
Later on in the day however, I started feeling tightness both in my back, and in my upper chest. I also noticed I had two huge knots in my upper back.
At this point, I was a little worried.
Fast forward to 5 AM on Sunday morning, I woke up with tightness again.
This time, I knew what to do, stretched a little, listened to some calming music, and went back to bed.
In the past, from time to time, I’ve dealt with anxiety in the short term, and each time, it was necessary for me to slow down, identify the stress, and figure out a way to not become overwhelmed.
What I realized on this weekend was that each time I went on Twitter or went on a news site, I quite literally was having a physical reaction to the negativity and noise.
A few years ago, I wrote the following article: Tips for Removing Distractions and Becoming Successful
In this article, I talk about how the news typically is noise and usually does not have an effect on your daily life.
Obviously, in this case, COVID-19 is a serious threat and does have an effect on your daily life, HOWEVER, what we know isn’t going to change the outlook during the next few weeks and months.
In my case, I’m going to be working from home for the next 3 weeks, if not more. I’m not going to be going out, probably not going to be going to the gym, not going to be seeing friends, etc.
Will this change if I keep checking the news?
So instead of becoming physically ill with anxiety in the short-term, I’m going to be turning off the news, not going on social media, and removing noise from my life.
It’s so easy to become addicted to the news – but in times of crisis, the news are going to be 10x as maniacal as they are in times of non-crisis and this is not productive for my life or your life.
While yes, I will check the news and see what my local authorities are saying periodically, the CNN’s, MSNBC’s, Fox News variety of news outlets will not be viewed.
Disconnect from the Media and Remove Noise
My advice for you is the same: right now, we are at a huge turning point in the world and I have no idea what is going to happen.
First, creating a plan for your family and loved ones to be safe over the next few weeks and months is vital.
The next step is focusing on the plan, trying to stay sane and connecting with your loved ones.
While this isn’t going to be easy, there is some benefit to slowing down and taking life one step at a time.
In the United States, at least, this rarely happens.
Usually, it’s go go go go go, and never stay stay stay stay.
So, take this as an opportunity to slow down, assess what’s right for you and your family going forward, and wait out this pandemic as things hopefully get better in the coming months.
I hope you stay safe, stay healthy, and can get through this period of stress successfully.
Thank you for reading,