It's easy to get overwhelmed in today's landscape. Even a quick scroll through the latest headlines can deflate anyone's hope. I know I've let myself get absorbed with scary statistics which is followed by a spiral of worry. If worry becomes part of our new normal, then we must offset it with something positive to provide balance.
Achieving this balance, however, is now more complicated than anyone has ever seen in their lifetime. Gone is our past normal we once knew even just a few months ago. Reality is different now and it's here. Every single individual in the world is having to cope in the best way they know how. Thing is, it's not common for the average person to know how to handle something new, especially as precarious as a pandemic. So if you're spiraling with worry, grieving for what's happening in the world or just sad that our past normal has vanished, it's OK to allow yourself to feel whatever comes up.
None of us really know what the future will look like. But we do know that we are here today so why not just focus on today and only today. That's not to say you don't still have the future in the back of your mind, but switching your primary focus to just today can narrow in your attention.
You can shift your attention by taking one day at a time and infuse with mindfulness; meaning, turn off autopilot and really focus on what you're doing -- become the observer and the experiencer instead of the rusher. This may take practice, but you'll get the hang of it.
How you can start with mindfulness is to focus on your senses -- sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. In addition to the senses also add focusing on your breath, how your body feels and tuning in to how you're feeling emotionally at this moment too. Make a reference list of these things if it helps. There is a chorus of subtle experiences just waiting to sing out for you if you're willing to shift your focus and attention.