Leadership Development
Mental Mastery

Achieving Mental Mastery in a Crisis

Lisa Danels
published on March 27, 2020

As we continue to stay home we are not sure when our lives will return back to the way they used to be. Our ability to control our mind (Mental Mastery) will be the determinant of how we feel during and after this is over. 

Emotional Tension

We are torn between doing the right things (ensuring we stay inside and are doing our part in society to keep the spread to a minimum), being compassionate (feeling for the health care workers and people or family members that have been affected), and taking care of our emotional needs. It’s important to acknowledge that we may have feelings of disappointment. Disappointment that we lost our jobs due to the outbreak, canceling a dream vacation, or not being able to celebrate a friend or family member’s birthday. All of these mixed emotions are normal and sometimes can be overwhelming.

Honoring where we are

We need to honor all of these feelings and take time to let all these emotions move through us. Remember, emotions are energy in motion. We want to ensure we are feeling all of our emotions, so they don’t get trapped inside of us and wreak havoc later.  Once you fully feel the emotions then it’s complete. When we ignore our feelings then it creeps in the cracks and takes us down a negative spiral. Take time to write in a journal, go for a walk outside if permitted, exercise inside, or talk to your friends or family.

Being Present

The way to get through this is to be as present as possible with what you are thinking and feeling. Watch where you focus your attention and notice how your thoughts are creating your feelings. When you can alter your mindset to feel more positive then you have achieved Mental Mastery. Also ask yourself: What do I need at this moment?  This will help you in honoring yourself and giving yourself what you need. 

Walk the line between Realism and Optimism

It’s important to keep informed and know what is going on in the moment but if you watch or read too much news it can become overwhelming.  If you notice feelings of disappointment coming up regularly then it gives you an indication that you’re stuck in the past and longs for your life to return back to the way it used to be.  See if you can shift into optimism and see that silver lining for you personally.  Maybe, you finally have time to write that book that you’ve been dreaming about, connecting with loved ones, cleaning out the closet that has been bothering you for years, or skilling yourself up.   

Emotional Connection

Don’t miss the opportunity to first connect with yourself on a deeper level so you feel more whole. Sometimes we have to remember there is great intelligence in the universe. Every day you don’t worry if the sun is going to come up or the stars are going to shine in the night sky.  Trust the universe’s infinite intelligence and know that this infinite intelligence also runs through you.  Once you find a deeper connection to yourself then you can connect to others in a more meaningful way and find how you can help yourself and others in the crisis.