By Ettie Rutherford
As we all experience the overwhelming challenges with the Coronavirus pandemic, it is evident that one of the side-effects to be conquered, is stress, that ever-present enemy during challenging times.
Donald Tubesing, a stress-management expert, emphasizes that stress is our response to a situation, not the situation itself. He further states that 90 percent of stress is brought on, by not living in the present moment – but worrying about what’s already happened, what’s going to happen or what could happen.
Instead of allowing ourselves to be “stressed-out”, we need to acknowledge that going through this unchartered territory, can be the catalyst that will eventually make us stronger, wiser and more vigilant, as leaders and decision-makers.
So, we all need to view life, during this pandemic, not as a stressful journey, but rather, as a teachable moment that can make us better versions of ourselves.
For this to happen, we need to activate specific actions that will not allow stress to lower our immune system, or to distort our thinking. We can do this by:
1. Letting go of things that are out of our control.
2. Verifying information, before reacting.
3. Getting authentic information about government support programs.
4. Helping children, without expecting classroom efficiency. Just let them do their best.
5. Using your skills to assist others, and
6. Realizing that thankfulness, prayer and benevolence will drive away stress and enrich lives.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org