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What you focus your attention on will determine the results you get and by results, I mean, when you look back at this time you will remember the way that you felt more than anything else. So how do you want to feel when you’re remembering the time that coronavirus happened?
If you focus on all the negative and spend too much time watching the news, then you’ll likely find this time extremely stressful and hard to deal with.
This is not to say that this isn’t a difficult time, but we get to choose what we focus our attention on, and how we want to feel.
If you choose to look for the silver linings in this experience it will determine how you feel now and what positive things you remember in the future.
Do you complain about working from home and not being able to go and do the things that you used to do? Perhaps you’re focusing too much of your attention on the things you’re missing out on.
Do you choose to think of all the things that you’re now able to do because you’re safe at home? If you focus your attention on all the new things that you now get to do, you will have a different experience. We have peace and quiet to focus for longer on work projects, more time with our partner or family, more time to focus on hobbies that we love, or simply enjoyment out of slowing our lives down a bit. If this is what you choose to focus on, you’ll find that you’re able to enjoy this time a lot more.
Our brain is built to look for the risk and see the negative in everything we do to keep us safe, so we have to train ourselves to look for the good in the world.
My family and I talk about what we’re grateful for when we sit down for dinner each night. It’s helping my kids focus their attention on what we are gaining out of this experience, instead of what we may be missing out on.
When you put your head on the pillow each night, ask yourself – ‘What was one thing that I’m so happy I got to do today?’ It will change your whole experience.