One of the reasons that the current situation is creating so much panic on every level is because it is out of our control. Unfortunately, the reality is that some of this is outside of our control but there are somethings that are within our control. By establishing what exactly it is that you are worried about, you can start to work backwards from that end point to work out what you need to do right now. It might be that you need to innovate new products, make staffing cuts or change tactics in your business plan. There are a whole host of things that you might have to consider, but you will only be able to do this with a calm mind. Ensure that you take regular breaks, practice gratitude, even though things feel tough, it’s important to remember the good things to enable you to maintain perspective. Set boundaries for everything. Healthy boundaries are the fundamental of healthy psychological functioning and you may need to revisit those boundaries at the moment. If checking the news is causing distress, don’t check it. If you have friends who are constantly worrying about this which is creating additional panic, perhaps tell them that it is making you worry. Reach out to the right people who can help you, whether that’s staying in contact with friends, other business people, a therapist or online support groups, being able to talk about your worries and fears with others than can understand and appreciate what you are going through will be helpful and cathartic.
It is important to stress that it is normal to feel anxious and panicked right now, especially with the relentless media coverage and fear of the unknown. The best way of managing this is by using techniques to help you feel calm. Each of you will have your own ways of relaxing and I’d urge you to do these more now than ever before.