“When will it all end?” or in praise of monitoring 🔬

COVID-19 pandemic prompts for better vigilance, awareness of destructive emotions and thought loops
"When will it all end?" or in praise of monitoring 🔬

“What will happen and when?” is by no means the only question that so far has no chance of being adequately answered. And to avoid, thereby, related worries.

The “computer” of our consciousness is pulled from all sides, while it is feverishly trying to add 2 + x, where “x” is a collection of many unknowns that change daily. Hell for the perfectionist.

Yes, the loss of control makes us all feel like pawns on a board with a constantly changing terrain and a number of teams.

But this is not reason enough to give free rein to apocalyptic thoughts and scenarios. Their likelihood will be fueled by the emotional background. Therefore, given the extreme bias, we better simply stop the waves of “what if?” on takeoff.

Yep, let’s simply stop the next chain reaction ignited by “how do we live further?” so it does not make agitated consciousness search for “good” news, hints of a way out, magical healing, etc. — turning into doomsurfing.

Earn a small victory of not allowing the anxious thought to draw yourself into an endless quest for exit options. Just stop it. Yes, shamelessly, without explaining anything – allow yourself peace of mind.

“Non-engagement”
The cycles of worries, searches for nonexistent answers and expectations of problems do not just vanish like “clouds in the sky” (whatever “mindfulness” experts tell you). They usually trigger all kinds of sore buttons they may reach. If they already did, at least let’s not throw any more firewood into the flame … Yes, – stop ourselves.

Logistics of monitoring:
few people can afford to constantly observe their state of mind and thoughts. However, we can certainly take a look once we remember about it. Good enough.

PS
Clearly, monitoring and “stopping ourselves” is not a panacea, but only one of the tools of emotional regulation. Without an understanding of what we see and why we react like this, an ecological worldview (through the prism of which we “see”) and real work with the causes of emotions – “mindfulness” / “looking at” aggressive states may easily aggravate them.