Natural disasters and pandemics shake us in body (shock, heart rate and breathing), heart (anxiety, sadness and anger) and mind (confusion, pessimism and worry). We cannot control nature, but we can modify our mindset and behaviours. By learning to Bounce we can remain calm, focused and effective after the challenge.
Common Reactions after a Disaster
During and after a natural disaster or pandemic people often find themselves feeling confused, disengaged, withdrawn, vulnerable, distressed and even depressed. Even if you are not part of the action at ground zero, friends, family and loved ones all over the world will have these feelings.
Look at the emotions listed on the left hand side and discover actions you can take immediately to reduce your distress, and bounce back fast.
|Disengaged||Take a break|
|Distress||Calm yourself |
It is absolutely normal to be feeling many of these emotions.
The key is recognising how you are feeling and then taking action to Bounce.
Breath properly to induce calm
When you’re feeling stressed don’t take a deep breath – breathe out instead. Use the exhalation to calm and focus your mind.
Reframe negative emotions
Counter negative emotions with their positive opposite. This means that when you are experiencing any of the following negatives try to focus on feeling the emotional opposite. This exercise alone can shift your mindset.
Anger > Compassion
Fear > Equanimity (calmness and composure)
Craving > Gratitude
Sadness > Rejoicing
Fatigue > Passion