I feel like a bit of a professional on account of the fact that much of my life has been about trying to dodge and escape people’s post apocalyptic dystopian fantasies and random power grabs. I’ve developed some gallows humor of the Monty Python sort, I’m telling you.
Also, I think I’ve survived the end of the world about 8 times now, so that makes me kind of an expert. Y2K was the most amusing.
So, let me just cut to the chase, it’s all a mind game. Psy/ops. Step one, the most important thing, wayyyy more important than toilet paper, is to have a good attitude and to rid yourself of all fear. Rhythms, routines, rituals, are exceedingly important. That means, get out of your jammies, take a shower, and put on some make up. Unless you are a guy of course and then skip that last part.
A bit tongue and cheek, but I am deadly serious. I actually got dressed and brushed my hair today and hubby was like, all anxious, “Where are you going??” Into the kitchen to clean the mold out of the window runners? It’s quite pathetic, I really need to get a life, but my point being this is my routine, my “normal.” When the world goes mad you really have to normalize the structure around you.
If you have kids that’s really important, too. Try to keep things as “normal” as possible. We are comforted by what is normal, familiar, routine to us.
Turn off the media, seriously limit your exposure down to almost nothing, because consuming mediated reality is just like mainlining fear directly from the fear mongers themselves. Stay away from conspiracy theories and “vain imaginings.” That’s what the Bible calls letting your imagination run wild or ruminating about worse case scenarios, “vain imaginings.” Don’t let yourself overthink, just take it one day at a time.
I’m really concerned about people’s mental and spiritual health in the midst of this pandemic panic. Fear, anxiety, and uncertainty, are just huge stressors, a nasty trifecta of tribulations that can be really challenging to battle against, and far more dangerous than any virus.
Some of my favorite verses are 2 Corinthians 10:5, “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..” and Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. “
I’ve been in really bad shape before, literally walking miles just muttering whatever is lovely, puppies, kittens, chocolate, fluffy clouds, seriously struggling trying to find something good to focus on. It can be a real battle to get a grip on your mind and emotions. You can do it though, you control the horizontal and the vertical.
So, get out of your jammies, get some exercise, do something normal, do not fear, and make yourself focus on the positive. Gratitude helps to slay fear. It’s really hard to be thankful and fearful at the same time. I love the verse, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” I used to wonder, why “thanksgiving and supplication?” Because it slays our fear.
That is how you survive the end of the world.