Some people are ok, some are not. Some people are deliberately not watching the news so that they can manage their emotions and get through this roller coaster of a time so they might never know the extent of the effect that this pandemic has had on individuals and the world as a collective group.
We all need to determine what we have to do to survive without hurting others. If that means not watching the news then that is what you have to do. Knowing what is going on with people you don't know is not going to ease their suffering. Increasing your suffering is not going to ease theirs and believe me when I tell you, trying to somehow control the pandemic by absorbing every bit of information and staying completely diligent to everything is not going to change the course of it. Unless it's to follow the health officials guidelines. This is a trick of your anxiety. I know because I have it too and over my lifetime have managed to calm it and have noticed that good and bad things happen whether I'm vigilant or not. It would be nice to think that I was somehow God and could just focus my attention to relieve the world's suffering but alas I am merely an imperfect human being trying to navigate and survive my first pandemic.
We will get through this. We will get through it whether we get through it well, or poorly and the world will rebuild. I'm not going to tell you that things will be ok in your world because I can't make that promise. What I'd like to offer is the reassurance that if you focus on managing what is happening, ask for support when you need it, stay connected to the people you love and make a realistic plan then you are doing the best you can to get through this challenging time and that's all we have control over.
So here are my 4 top tips for getting your business and yourself through this pandemic.
Assess your cash flow needs for the next 3, 6 and 12 months.
Once you know what your cash flow needs are, come up with a best case/worst case scenario plan
Get real with yourself, now is not the time for a blanket, I'm fine. Find someone you can talk to about how you are really feeling. Someone you can be vulnerable with that you know will be empathetic. Sharing how you feel with someone who is able to be empathetic and supportive is key in staying connected and managing your emotions. Check-in with them as often as you need.
Offer help to someone else. The fastest way to get out of our own heads is to offer help to someone else.
I hope these simple steps help. There are plenty of resources for planning and I'll be sharing more in the coming weeks.
Stay safe and happy,