We are in a very strange new situation and fear anxiety and panic is a normal reaction. However we do have the power to control this.
The death rates in places like China and Italy are horrendous. in Australia our borders were closed earlier than most other countries and we are being advised to use social distancing and avoid big groups. This should slow the virus uptake so that the hospitals can cope.
So, let’s all decide to calm down. Do not panic. It’s understandable that people feel fear of the unknown. But we do not need to let the fear build up so that we get the full-blown fear anxiety and panic response.
I went to Woolworths aged and infirm early opening this morning. It was much calmer than other times of the day. Yes, there were still some empty shelves, but I got most things on my list.
I was concerned and stopped to help an elderly lady who was totally overwhelmed and exhausted by getting up so early and still not being able to get toilet paper or tissues.
When people panic, they stop behaving rationally. They cease to think. We don’t need a room full of toilet paper and we can all wash our hands often without the need for hand sanitiser.
My business group is meeting online now so we can still keep in touch.Life is going on and it will go back to normal. If we stay calm it will be easier. Sure there are huge problems with work and workplaces, protecting the vulnerable and social distancing does not feel as good as a hug! most of us will be fine when this is over and staying calm will help.
I’m giving my anxiety clients the option of an online course, online hypnotherapy which I have done for years of they can still come into my clinic if they have none of the Covid-19 risk factors.
I will be seeing my quit smoking clients on my peaceful palm filled front verandah. Quitting smoking is even more important that usual at present because smoking damages the lungs and increases thee risk if you do catch the virus.
If you are feeling increased anxiety just call me to discuss my Escape from Anxiety program. It really works!