Don’t Let Stress Get the Best of You.
The year 2020 was already destined to be crazy year given that it’s a presidential election year and the unusual levels of contention and divisiveness of the current political climate. But now we have to contend with the Covid 19 pandemic and the profound impact it can and will have on virtually every aspect of life for some time to come.
Most of it, as individuals, we have no control over. We can only do our part as a co-dependent society to minimize the impact. In fact, the only thing we can control are the choices we make in the face of the circumstances. Those choices are not only about what we’re going to DO, but how we are going to BE as well.
You’ve been inundated with advice about slowing the spread of coronavirus and practical things to do to stay as safe as possible and what to do if you start to feel ill. That’s all important and we hope you have been able to stay safe and healthy. And…
What is also concerning is the tremendous harm that stress can do, not only to people’s emotional and social well-being, but to their physical and mental well-being as well. Now, even more than ever, it’s important that the world gets the very BEST of YOU.
Here are some things you can do to make the best of yourself and the situation.
Don’t sugarcoat things or rely on “positive affirmations” to compensate for any negative self-talk you may be experiencing. That may work temporarily, but the science of neuro-axiology teaches us that such a practice is not a viable long-term strategy and we’re collectively in for a long-term disruption.
Make a commitment that the stress of the situation is not going to get the best of you. Rather, choose to let your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and community get the very BEST of YOU. Having to keep your distance doesn’t mean being disconnected. Now more than ever we need to come together emotionally, collaboratively, innovatively, and lovingly. We are all in this together and when this craziness eventually passes (or becomes the new normal), we will still need each other.
To accomplish all of the above, start or keep asking yourself The Central Question of Life, Love, and Leadership as often as you can:
What choice can I make and action can I take,
in this moment, to create the greatest net value?
This question isn’t about the choices you wish you could make, nor is it about creating value only for yourself and your immediate family. It’s about that, but also the greater community of humankind. It’s about the big picture AND the little picture. The short-term AND the long-term.
Now, even more than ever, it’s important that the world gets the very BEST of YOU. Every moment is an opportunity to make the choice to be either a value generator or a value diminisher. We know from the science that when we are thinking “valugenically” the brain releases stress-reducing chemicals – it literally brings out our best thinking and being.