We face fear and anxiety about many things on an ongoing basis. However, the fear and anxiety, not to mention the number of things we are anxious about, have grown exponentially as we are currently dealing with the Coronavirus. We’re worried about our health and the health of those we know, we’re worried about our jobs, we’re worried about money, the stock market, being able to buy toilet paper… and the list goes on.
The following journal prompts will still be useful when we come out on the other side of all of this, but I thought it was particularly timely to share these right now.
1. Make a list of all of the things you are feeling anxious or fearful about right now.
2. Put an (*) by those items on your list that you have control over. Maybe you feel like you don’t have control over any of it, but take each item one by one and ask yourself “can I do anything to find a solution or information relating to this?”
Some examples might be:
– I’m currently out of work and my car payment is due. In this case you could call your lender and tell them what you’re current situation is and see what your options are. (Information is power! – take back your power).
– I’m worried about my family getting sick. In this case, you can make a list of what you do have control over and what precautions you can take.
Once you have that list, make notes about actions you are going to take – whether it’s to ask for help, get your options, or just put a few minutes of thought into it because you already know some of the answers. Now, you can cross these items off of your main list!
3. The remaining items on your main list are things that you feel like you have no control over. There are some ways that you can reframe how you think about them.
– If I can’t do anything about this, how is worrying going to change it?
– Ask for guidance where these things are concerned
– Ask yourself what’s the worst that can happen in that situation (likely that won’t be what happens) and will it be catastrophic, or is your lack of control making it seem bigger than it actually is?
– If the worst case scenario from above is catastrophic, are things you can control that will keep the worst case scenario from happening?
Did you find these helpful? Comment below with how you used them or if you have suggestions for how you deal with fear and anxiety.