The Urgent Need for Leaders of Calm
Many people, even though being quite pragmatic about CoVid 19 are feeling or experiencing a ‘low grade’ anxiety.
Right now, the world needs Leaders of Calm. People who are wise, practical and sensible to help others who are feeling fearful and uncertain.
Yesterday I facilitated a Facebook Live in my Living Lighter group, using Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) to help those in the group understand how their low-grade anxiety is being triggered.
As they participated in the Tapping, many began recalling times in their lives when they felt fear because life felt out of their control. As we ‘tapped’ on the emotional connection to those memories, the anxiety or fear started to dissipate, and a sense of calm and empowerment returned.
Those of us who have lived through the Recession of the 90’s, the Dot Com Bubble, 911 or the Global Financial Crisis, remember experiencing challenging times in business. What is happening now with CoVid19, can trigger those memories of the past, or fear of the unknown future, rather than the reality of the present.
Challenging times build courage and resilience, and the realisation that you are far more capable that you believe possible. Building resilience is the ability to recognise when the anxiety you are feeling is impacting on the actions you are taking.
But standing in the way of that clarity and resilience are the ripple effects of fear. When people see images of panic buying in supermarkets and empty shelves, they began to imagine shortages and panic and fear rise.
For instance, no matter how many times toilet paper manufacturers and large retailers have said there will be no shortages -people are still panicked by seeing the empty shelves, and the fear, like the ripples on a pond, continue to grow exponentially.
If you are feeling fearful or anxious, even if you try to hide it, other people feel it on you, and it creates a contagion effect of more fear. Like throwing a rock into a lake and watching the ripples of the water flow outwards, each ring getting larger and larger.
The Heart Math Institute, in the United States, has undertaken numerous studies to measure what they term, Heart Resonance. The impact of your emotional energy on those around you. What they discovered was that your ‘heart resonance’ actually reaches out about three meters, or nine feet from you!
Have you ever walked into a room where people have been arguing, and they stop talking and you can just ‘feel’ the uncomfortable energy? That’s Heart Resonance.
The emotions you feel impact on others.
That is why we need Leaders of Calm, to spread more heart-based reassurance and leadership.More people with pragmatic, solution-based energy that inspire others to lift up out of the fear and create their own intuitive solutions to the CoVid19 crisis.
So How Do You Find Calm in the Midst Of Anxiety?
The moment you feel yourself moving into any fear or anxiety,the first step is to acknowledge it. Just by acknowledging it, helps to take some intensity off the feeling. Then use a modality like EFT (Tapping) to calm the emotional responses, all the while being aware of why you are being triggered. Perhaps a time in the past where you felt like you had no control, or you felt unsafe in a crowd, or even a movie that may have triggered an irrational fear-based response. Once you feel calmer and more focused,then ask yourself “How can I create a solution that works?”Then let your intuition do the rest.
This time will pass, just like all the crises of the past, and we will be OK. In the meantime, we need to follow factual advice and focus on building both strong physical and emotional immunity. Infact, this could just be the beginning of a whole new way of doing business, and treating others, that could possibly change the world.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by the low-grade anxiety and feeling stuck in making decisions. Click here to book in for a free strategy session to see if and how I can help you create wisdom-based solutions for you, your staff or your business.