COVID-19 has changed the routines of everyday life for nearly everyone. But for some, it isn’t just the upheaval of their day-to-day schedule that’s worrying them. Many people are also worried about the financial impact this pandemic could have on their life, the health and safety of loved ones, the mental and emotional health effects of sustained uncertainty, or their changing family relationships. If you’re concerned about managing the potential life changes caused by COVID-19, take these steps to mitigate fear and empower yourself to deal with changes as they arise.
First, write down your worries.
Be as specific as you can about what you fear might change in your life because of COVID-19, and how it could affect you. Getting your thoughts out of your head and down on paper helps you release them emotionally. It also allows you to see your concerns as distinct items that can be dealt with.
Second, make a list of potential solutions.
Approach your list with the attitude that every problem has a solution. Remember, solutions don’t have to be perfect or completely erase the problem. Your list should include things that could help you to deal with the emotions caused by a potential change, things that could soften a life change or make it happen more gradually, and things to help you get by if a significant change does occur.
Third, create an action plan.
Once you’ve got your worries down on paper and have created a list of things you can do to deal with those worries, decide if there’s anything on your solutions list that you can get started with now. If there is, make a plan of action and do what you can to make sure your solutions are ready if you need them.
Fourth, carry on with your life.
You’ve recorded your worries, come up with solutions to deal with them, and taken any steps that you’re able to at this time. Now, put your list away. Keep it in a safe place where you can easily access it if needed, but try not to refer to it unless you have to. Allow your mind to rest, knowing that you’ve done all you can to prepare for the potential life changes that COVID-19 might bring, and that you have a plan you can rely on.