I CAN’T CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THE WIND!
Good morning Tuesday,
This is Dan and my 36th day of staying at home.
I’m forming a schedule daily and it seems like the days are forming together, before you know it; it’s the end of the week. This is what you would call my perspective of the corona virus. I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can always change the sail to reach my destination.
A SMILE, A LAUGH, OR A CHANGED HEART
To be honest, my goal is really just to have a positive impact on everyone I meet, whether it’s a smile, a laugh, or a changed heart.
Today we are going to speak of our perspective of physical distancing. First, we need to know what the word perspective means. It’s a particular way of viewing things that depends on one’s experiences and personalities. It’s the ability to consider things in relations to one another accurately and fairly.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” ― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
How are we coping with corona virus? Well, it depends on your perspective!
Use Your Strength of Perspective - Perspective is your character strength that involves keeping the big picture in mind. While it’s easy to get sucked into atrocious details and a fearful future, perspective reminds us of the wider view of issues, the scope, and the larger whole of the situation's past, present, and future. This is not to say there’s nothing to worry about, but perspective helps you step back and say – what’s the bigger reality for me and for others?
When your brain perceives a threat, a structure called the amygdala hijacks the brain into emergency mode. The thinking centers of your brain, located in your prefrontal cortex, go partially or fully offline, and the primitive, emotional brain takes over. The primitive, emotional centers of your brain are hardwired to create a “fight, flight, or freeze” response when they perceive a threat to your survival.
Adrenaline and cortisol flood the nervous system, leading your blood pressure to rise, your breathing to get shallower, and your heart to beat faster. Your thoughts speed up, and you feel a strong urge to do something right now. Alternatively, your brain’s “freeze” response, modulated by the parasympathetic nervous system, may cause you to freeze in your tracks.
What Happens When Your Lower Brain Takes Over - We are all now familiar with the long lines in Food Lions, Kroger’s and Targets as people fill up their carts with frozen food and toilet paper. Hand sanitizes and disinfecting wipes are nowhere to be found, and an atmosphere of panic and scarcity prevails. While buying some hand sanitizes and toilet paper is a good idea, hoarding excess amounts of these items may not be.
What do you do instead of panicking and letting your lower brain lead you into unwise, impulsive, or extreme actions or helplessness and despair? The five tips below will help to get your prefrontal cortex firmly back in charge so you can make well-thought-out, mindful decisions about what level of risk to assume and what actions to take.
1. Notice when you are getting triggered.
2. Focus on your senses or your breathing.
3. Reach out to a friend or family member.
4. Make a wise choice
5. Decide what level of risk you are willing to tolerate.
I call my mom twice a day for she is by herself, she keeps busy by taking a walk during the day, working on the computer, playing games on the computer, cooking her meals, speaking to her friends, zoom with her church and watching TV. Her perspective is that since she can not go out to play her board games that she used to three times a week, why not play games on the computer. Since she can not go out to church on Sunday, why not do it on Zoom.
a poem that will change your perspective on life
Until tomorrow, just remember everything is beautiful in its own way if you look for the positive.
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