PSYCHOLOGICAL IMMUNITY AND PERSPECTIVE SHIFTS FOR A PANDEMIC
Fuel your faith in the face of fear by paying attention to your psychological immunity and wellness. Here are 10 things you can do to build your psychological immunity and also the single most important phrase that can help you have a powerful perspective shift that will keep you positive, not panicked, during a pandemic or time of crisis. Get the full show notes at www.trishblackwell.com/382
In this episode of The Confidence Podcast we’re chatting about:
- How to have faith and power during chaos
- Psychological immunity in a time of psychological overload
- The perspective shift that comes from saying: this is my time.
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HOW TO BUILD YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL IMMUNITY
This new normal of distanced, isolated and cautious living is filled with unknowns, but it is also seeping with opportunity. As we all tiptoe around one another, mindful of our physical immunity, it’s important that we talk about our psychological immunity.
We are all going through this together, and so instead of focusing on all that could happen, why don’t we focus on what we can control – and on what we can get from this that is positive?
Here are five simple things you can do right now to improve your psychological immunity:
- Pay attention to your media input – don’t get pulled into the fear-spiral of the news cycle.
- Put your heart at ease– fill it with peace with prayer, time with God, or uplifting music.
- Pursue thoughts that serve you– train your thoughts and use this time to mature mentally.
- Prioritize self-care at home – create a routine that promotes your mental wellbeing.
- Participate in a structured coaching program, like the College of Confidence, to keep your mindsethealthy and strong so you can be a pillar of hope for the long-haul of this new normal.
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10 WAYS TO BUILD PYSCHOLOGICAL IMMUNITY
- Create some structure to your daily routine, even if you don’t leave the house
- Set up weekly group video chats with friends to maintain a sense of social normalcy
- Exercise every day, in some way – even if you have to get creative, move for 20-minutes.
- Make time to journal about your anxieties and fears to prevent any spiraling negative thoughts
- Limit your screen time outside of work – and consider putting a time limit (like 10-minutes) on how your daily consumption of COVID-19 related news articles or media.
- Jot down 10 gratitudes daily – grounding yourself in gratitude will help you stay mentally determined to find the good in a new lifestyle that might be tedious, lonely, isolating and limited. Your gratitude will keep you focused on what you can control.
- Be intentional about your use of music in your home throughout the day – use lively music to energize yourself or to create transitions in your day.
- Get dressed and change your clothes multiple times per day, as you would on a typical day – this will help you segment between the different parts of your day and you will feel less cramped in you are self-isolating.
- Keep a consistent bedtime and don’t check email or read the news after 9PM.
- Look for the opportunity in this new lifestyle — what do you want to use this time for that you might not have had time for before? How do you want to grow or be different once this all ends?
A SIMPLE PERSPECTIVE SHIFT THAT WILL SHIFT EVERYTHING FOR YOU:
The shift that matters the most is this:
This is my time. This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.
We can certainly wish circumstances away and worry away, but both are futile. Instead, it is more effective to simply be thankful for the perspective gift. What a time such as this to acknowledge that we are all suffering, that no one likes the unknown, and that as humans, we truly have less control than what we think we do.
Why is this your time?
Because you are alive.
Because this is just the new normal for now.
Because today is still worth rejoicing.
Because you can encourage and change so many others who need you right now.
Because we can live with peace – and joy – no matter what swirls around us.
Thinking about God gives me so much peace.
He made me.
He gave me my children.
He placed me here, in 2020.
He equipped me to be capable to walk through this.
He fills me with love and hope.
He created me with a mind that has power and is bold.
He turns everything into something good.
THIS IS YOUR TIME.
What would happen if, instead of wishing this time away, you told yourself, “this is my time?”
Remember, you don’t have to like something for it to be something you embrace. I certainly would prefer something other can social isolation and worldwide sickness, but I also see the gift that is in this. For years I have wanted to slow down, do less, and live a simple life, and now I can. For years I have yearned for personal growth in my heart and mind about what is important in life – and now God is stretching me to a new place of maturity, confidence, faith, and appreciation for life.
The way I look at fresh fruit right now is unlike anything ever before.
The happiness I feel when someone waves at me from a vehicle, feels more human than ever.
The thought of being in a large gathering feels foreign and is exciting to think about having in the future
The ability to still buy food and have access to money feels indulgent
The low-key life with my family feels more valuable than I have ever felt before
This is your time to work on yourself.
This is your time to master a budget.
This is your time to stop making excuses about being too busy.
This is your time to uncomplicate your life.
This is your time to deepen friendships.
This is your time to mature in how you talk to God.
This is your time to use the power of choosing your words.
This is your time to reach out when you need help or encouragement.
This is your time to be generous with your light.
This is your time to ask people how they are really doing.
This is your time to start writing that book God put on your heart.
This is your time to trust God with joy and confidence.
This is your time to stretch and strengthen your faith.
This is your time to establish a legacy and value system for your family.
This is your time to pour into your creative brain and unleash your creativity.
This is your time to explore what makes you curious.
This is your time to see the brotherhood of humanity across the world.
This is your time to live the simple life.
This is your time to think outside of the box.
This is your time to create ridiculous family memories that cost you nothing.
This is your time to stop running from your problems and start facing them.
This is your time to make journaling a cornerstone habit.
This is your time to have fresh conversations with your spouse.
This is your time to develop a rejuvenated perspective of hope.
This is your time to fight for your faith and tell the fear from the enemy to go far, far away.
This is your time to start your weight loss journey and track your meta-data.
This is your time to give away money – so that your subconscious pushes away scarcity thinking.
This is your time to put more into the world than you take from it.
This is your time to look beyond politics, beyond bounders, beyond religions and just see people.
This is your time to stop making excuses about bad habits and start changing them.
This is your time to set and reassess your life goals
This is your time to slow down and simplify.
For me, I have an honest question for you:
Do you want to do this on your own- and look inward – or do you want to do this with the King of Heaven and Earth and as a child of God?
I don’t want to be zen, and to trust myself in what is to come.
I’m so evidently human, so without control that this makes me all the more grateful that through Jesus I am considered a child of God. And God takes care of His children. He is in control – He will provide – I feel safe in His hands – and He will use all things to work together for the good of those who love Him.
That is what is giving me peace and joy in this chaos.
And if you want that peace too – it’s available, and I’ve never done this before, but the world has never seen times like this before and God has put it on my heart that we have never needed hope or peace as we do before.
Lord Jesus, for too long I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith, I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.
This is your time, because God will take this time of your life – a time that might feel like dirt, and He will turn it into mulch that brings forth to life something absolutely life-giving and life-changing. This just very well might be the time of your life that makes your life more beautiful than you ever before imagined.
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See you guys in the College of Confidence – this is your time to master your mindset and build your psychological immunity.