Written by Desmore Samios, Public Speaking Coach and Speaker www.desmoremedia.com
I have experienced many different emotional responses during the COVID19 period so far. My initial feelings ranged from feeling fear, anxiety, overwhelm, uncertainty and feeling ungrounded. I have felt my heart racing at times, feeling a pit in my stomach and feeling restless.
I have allowed myself to feel all of these heightened emotions and allowing myself to process what I am feeling as valid in this present moment. Once I felt the sensation of how all these emotions where making me feel, I then had something to work with. I had written down all of my feelings, self-talk and the conversations I was having with myself. Honestly, most of them were absolutely negative, fear based and filled with events that hasn’t happened yet. My brain was imagining the worse case scenario and my body had followed with an equally stressful response.
I flipped the switch and created rituals that encouraged me to come home to my inner world and inner wisdom. I meditated in prayer; made a list of all the things I can control. I can’t control the external world, and now more than ever it can seem grim, hopeless and heightened with fear-based realities. The one thing I can control for sure is how I respond in my day-to-day life. Over the years I have been blessed with having a growth mindset, investing in my evolution and myself. I have always leaned into my fears, walking towards them with sweaty palms and overcome my darkest days with a strong unwavering faith that I would be ok. I have learnt that resilience isn’t built when life is going effortlessly 24/7, hurdle free and unchallenged. In fact, resilience is built upon, your ability to survive and thrive even when the odds are stacked up against you.
I believe that COVID19 is going to unground humanity and have us think about what we value most. Encouraging us to deal with the underlying issues that we have swept under the rug, so we can face our fears and come home to ourselves. We are going to get through this period with a stronger awareness of who we are, who we are meant to be and how we respond to life, especially during a crisis.