Updated: Mar 24
How To Manage Fear
I am not a psychologist, but I've reached out to a friend who is a Doctoral Psychology Student at Fresno State, and he's provided some valuable resources and insight to help us build enduring personal resources to leverage the COVID-19 event to create a better future.
First, events that happen in our world are neutral. We interpret events by an inner dialogue in our minds. Within these intimate conversations, we give events a conscious meaning, which creates your emotional response.
These may include hurt, confusion, anger, fear, surprise, or embarrassment. Positive emotions are love, joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, and awe, which have given life to many of the happiness habits.
In short, the meaning we attach to events drives positive or negative emotions.
Second, in any event, there's an opportunity to create beauty from the chaos. It's an opportunity to look at the future with fresh eyes. Let's not waste this experience but confront this event with expanded imaginations. Crashing down perceived limitations of the past and recognize that tomorrow will be better than today, a future pregnant with hope, potential, opportunities, and possibilities.
It's our best hope!