But What If
Over the past few weeks, the world has been experiencing a pandemic which has stolen almost everything that we previously called “Normal”. No one seems to understand the virus, and we are unquestionably receiving a lot of contradictory information from sources that we used to blindly trust and respect.
In the past, I’ve written articles about depression and anxiety. You see, there have probably always been mild forms of anxiety and depression, possibly even before recorded history.
Those who experience depression are often “stuck” in the past. They emphasize the events that have already occurred and cannot be changed. They are gone!
Anxiety, on the other hand, is usually about the future and can be quickly spotted when a person starts a sentence with the words “But what if… “.
Sadly, anxiety and depression can be distractions, much like static on a radio. They divert attention away from the present and inflict agitation in its place. Our ability to feel at ease and perform well is hampered by this.
Do you recall the children’s tale of Chicken Little, who had an acorn land on his head? He decided to ignore everything the day had to offer because he had the wrong impression that it was the end of the world and that he should go tell the king that the sky was falling. Not only did his anxiety ruin his day, but it also affected the people he encountered along the way. Goosy Loosie, Ducky Lucky, and Turkey Lurky succumbed to his irrational fear and abandoned their own concerns in order to follow Chicken Little.
If you let them, uncertainty and erroneous assumptions can also ruin your day. As soon as you find yourself saying “But what if… ” consider the following:
- Write down the worst-case scenario that could occur on a piece of paper.
- Analyze whether this is a promise or just a wishful thought.
- Adopt the attitude portrayed in the old adage “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst”.
- Take into account the challenges you and your family have faced in the past and how they have forged your strength.
- Speak to people who can teach you wholesome techniques.
- As you count your possessions, remember to express gratitude.
- Spend time with peaceful friends and surroundings to feed your mind, soul, and time.
- Since tomorrow has already passed and is not yet here, keep your attention on today.
- Control the things that you can control – like getting enough rest, eating regularly, reaching out to others
- Now flip the paper over and list the best-case scenarios.
What if you discovered a new position that you enjoy more than your current one? What if you indulge in a long-forgotten hobby during your time by yourself? What if you could make better decisions and enhance your mental and physical health?
Chicken Little erroneously assumed something and freaked out. But his followers were also in trouble because they clung to Chicken Little’s fear and impulsivity without any empirically based proof. They all missed out on the day’s splendor. They are not forcing you to be like them.