This is a free e-book from Russ Harris, author of many books about ACT, written especially for now.
The human mind is an incredibly useful thing. BUT, it also causes a lot of suffering.
When circumstances are new and uncertain, this is likely to be heightened.
To deal with this in the best way, we need to understand more about how our minds work.
Have a look at this.
So, what can we do to manage our wonderful but danger-fixated minds?
Start by observing what your mind is doing.
NOTICE what is going on. Then NAME it.
You might say something like: "Worrying again"
"Predicting the worst"
"Lots of what ifs"
Once you have started to NOTICE & NAME what your mind is doing, you can start having a different relationship with it.
You can understand that coming up with the Worst Case Scenario is just what minds do. If you weren't worrying about the virus situation, you would be worrying about something else. What's new?!
The next step is to ALLOW your mind to do its thing. You won't win a battle of trying to stop it. (This video is good for understanding more about this )
You could try thinking of your mind as a radio playing in the room. Do you always stayed totally focused on what's on the radio? Even though the radio is still playing your focus your attention on what is important to you.
If you want to know and try out more, have a look at these: