Whenever a major disruption collectively affects us, the immediate reaction is often either skepticism or panic. Some level of hysteria is also a common side effect when conflicting data and misinformation spreads like wild-fire. Fear of the unknown drives us to act out of desperation, long before the need for taking such measures are necessary.
So in these times of crisis, what is a person to do? Should we ignore the warnings and chalk it all up to fear-mongering? Should we believe the hype and jump immediately to Defcon-1, retreating into the hills to live off the land?
With most things, the truth is usually somewhere in between...
Currently, there is tons of information, thoughts, and ideas, regarding the status of COVID-19 and how we should react to it. Depending on who you listen to, it is considered no more dangerous than the common flu. On the opposite end of the spectrum, we should all fear for the worst and prepare ourselves for the end of the world as we know it.
However, neither of these reactions are particularly useful or realistic. The fact is that this thing is real and that it will affect all of us in some way. It already has. That doesn’t mean that everyone is going to catch it or that the human race will be wiped from the planet. But we can already see and feel some of its effects.
And unfortunately, things are probably going to get worse before they get better. The difficult part is that no one really knows how much worse, or for how long. Which is what is causing such a panic in many.
But if we have learned anything from studying the psychology of survival, panicking has never been helpful or useful for anyone.It is a calm, rational mind that we must try to maintain whenever we are faced with difficult times.
If we look at this current situation from a survival mindset (even if circumstances are not completely dire), we can formulate a strategy for helping ourselves and others get through this as smoothly as possible.
Here are some things to consider and implement over the next upcoming days, weeks, or possibly months: