March 16, 2020 —
Day by day, news of the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to dominate conversation and incite fears, doubts, and worries. Most Americans have never experienced a health crisis of this magnitude and can feel paralyzed or insecure on what to do, where to go, and how to prepare for the uncertainties ahead.
But panicking, hording, and other negative actions and emotions are counterintuitive to successfully navigating these unprecedented waters. If you want to not only survive COVID-19, but also thrive in the days ahead, a must-read is Stepp Stevens Sydnor's self-help book Survive or Thrive? Creating the Life You Want Out of the Life You Have.
Of particular help to those struggling to cope with the effects of social distancing and what tomorrow will bring is the book's chapter on managing your 'self-talk', which helps readers separate fact from fiction, gives them pointers and tips on how to stay calm and logical, and perhaps most importantly, keeps their imaginations from running wild.
As the old saying goes, change is the only constant. As Stepp Sydnor sees it, some people choose to deal with negative change as a survivor: doing the absolute minimum to make it through one more day. Others thrive, embracing hardship as a lesson for the future.
"The coronavirus outbreak is a trying time for everyone in which we are looking for guidance and waiting for things to get back to normal," Sydnor says. "Instead of staying in that passive 'survival mode', you can use mental exercises and techniques to keep yourself focused on making the most out of every day, regardless of the circumstances, and continue to thrive while everyone else is fretting about toilet paper and bottled water."