If you are feeling powerless, it is high time you cultivated empowerment, even if you are in the middle of the crises.
We’ve been through a real tough time, but this year the world is beginning to heal and we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel. We all desperately want to be back in the world, but somehow don’t feel ready.
For many of us the world as we knew it, changed completely, unexpectedly and forever. It can leave us feeling powerless and anxious. But, how to feel in control again?
Identify the source of anxiety
Instead of trying to forget and escape from feelings of disempowerment, try identifying what is it that makes you feel helpless and try to work out how to change that situation. You might even find out that your fears are not even real, but they can affect your daily decisions and actions.
Restructure your faulty thinking
It is important to understand faulty thinking, or cognitive distortions, and learn how to interrogate your thoughts. This will help you reframe what you think and challenge them. Writing your thought is a good way to restructure your thoughts –ask yourself if your thoughts are realistic, if they are based on a fact or feeling or if you are misunderstanding evidence. This will help your take a step back from the damaging thought.
Don’t invalidate yourself by comparing your experience to others or practicing self-compassion. Stay active, challenge your beliefs.
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