Experts are saying that the way in which we evaluate risks and make decisions has been dramatically altered by the corona virus, and that there are no guarantees this will change once the crisis has finished. Looking to China, experts have found that even while the country and its residents move out of lockdown many people are experiencing heightened levels of stress and anxiety.
If you’re not someone that normally feels stress or anxiety beyond the normal parameters, then you’ll either find that the pandemic hasn’t altered your mindset, or discover that you’re feeling unusually worried about things. Whatever the case is for you, having a healthy mindset is important not just for your mental health, but for your overall wellbeing, too, and if Covid-19 has caused you to experience unwanted thoughts and feelings that you can’t shake, you certainly won’t be alone.
While fears may dissipate, the sense of risk may not…
Gradually, you may begin to lose any fear that you might have had of catching the virus yourself, but as lockdowns are being eased, the sense of risk, and the worry about how best to assess it, may prevail for many months to come, and your mindset may well have been changed long term.
Developing long-term behaviors…
Many experts believe that the building of new habits and routines in what is now being coined as the ‘new normal’ will help us all to develop a set of long-term behaviors that can benefit us in many ways. The way in which most people assess risks is based upon what they know about things that have happened in the past, and this probably applies to you, too. When you assess a risk now, you’ll doubtless make your decision and choice based upon the pandemic that you’ve just lived through (and are continuing to live through), and the emotions that you experienced then will help you to formulate new behaviors such as keeping your store cupboard full, avoiding crowds and not shaking hands.
Of course, this may not be a bad thing for everyone…
Thoroughly evaluating risks is important in many aspects of our lives, but for some, those risks may become elevated or disproportionate due in part to Covid-19, and could prevent us from doing some of the things that we love or make us stressed and anxious more often.
What can you do to help cope with the changes to your mindset?
One of the most effective ways to tackle any changes to your mindset, is to talk abut what you’re feeling with people whom you trust; these may be family members, friends or a professional counselor. Once you’ve verbalized your concerns, they somehow become more real, yet at the same time, more manageable, and with the help of someone experienced, such as a qualified counselor, you can learn ways to adjust your mindset so that it becomes healthier, while you’re still able to rationally assess risk levels as you go through life.