Thinking about what can ground you.
It can be very difficult to think clearly when you are panicked. So take time first, sometime when you are feeling grounded, to think of reassuring phrases and activities that can help you handle difficult emotions. Make a set of columns on a piece of paper. Under the first, list negative emotions, feelings, and challenges such as loneliness, aggravation, health and financial concerns. A second column should list axioms and advice for difficult emotions we are facing. For example, for feelings of aggravation, you might list “I am an anchor in the storm”. For financial panic, remind yourself of other instances of financial difficulties in your life, and how you rebuilt.
Although we enjoy good times, it is mostly through difficult times that we learn and grow. This is a period where we are all building resilience, the inner musculature that will help us withstand this and future challenges. The third column, actions, might include bringing yourself back to the moment, reminding yourself to breathe, playing music, calling or video calling a friend. These are activities that remind yourself that this is temporary and that you are not alone. Then, when you experience one of the negative emotions or challenges in the first column you can turn to columns two and three for help.