Hi KALMers, it seems that lately many of us are fixated on watching television or scrolling our social media feed for news about the Covid-19 virus. We are all worried and anxious about the whole situation. But the problem is, we will never know what is going to happen even in the next minute with or without Covid-19 virus. The future is always -and will always be- a mystery to unfold. Not too long ago, a dear friend lost his wife of 36 days, not because of the Covid-19 virus, but due to a tragic accident involving a waterfall in Kupang, NTT.
What we’re trying to say is, as much as this Covid-19 virus seems to overtaken our whole perspective, there are still so many possibilities in life. So many things could happen that it would have been impossible to anticipate all of them. So although the Covid-19 pandemic should be a concern for everyone, excessive fear and worry is not the right response. Fear will drain your energy and replace it with anxiety that could take over our sound mind. Excessive fear might also stifle your creative thinking, which will disrupt your ability to work.
To Not Be Afraid Does Not Mean To Not Be Careful
Of course, fear is not always a bad thing. This particular emotion forces us to wash our hands more often, do physical-distancing, as well as Work From Home (#stayathome) as recommended by the government to curb the spread of the virus. But again, anything that is excessive is not good. Extreme fear could make people act unwisely, such as hoarding up groceries, masks, and hand sanitizers. The panic-buying that has caused scarcity of goods happened because people are being terrorized by their own fear; the fear that is partly being fueled by hoax and provocacy.
However, what is even more devastating is when fear kills off kindness and care for others. As a nation that is united in diversity and upholds a strong culture of tolerance, our fear of Covid-19 virus should not make us lose our empathy and tolerance for others. Instead, let us grow even more in empathy.
What We Can Do Instead
If a friend is infected by Covid-19 virus, for example, we don’t need to judge or blame them for it. What we should do is to give them moral support – inspire and encourage them to keep believing that everything is going to be okay. Yes, you might not be able to visit him in person if he is undergoing isolation in the hospital but you can always express your care through texts or online messages.
Then when shopping for groceries at the supermarket, remember that we have to think of and respect one another. Please avoid fighting over certain goods and supplies. On the contrary, we should be helping each other in times like this. Especially if there are elderly people shopping. Put those who are weaker than us first. Believe it or not there is a certain feeling of contentment when we do good to others.
Spreading Kindness In The Midst of Covid-19 Pandemic
So KALMers, don’t let fear and anxiety make us individualists who stop caring about the needs and safety of others. To be cautious is good but your heart must also be “good”. Do not lose your heart. Do not lose compassion for others. The most important thing you can do is to diligently manage your anxiety so you can respond better in this situation. If you need to some guidance on how to manage your fear and anxiety, do not hesitate to talk to our Kalmselor through our KALM App that can be downloaded from Playstore and App Store.
In the next article you will find ways to adapt and address the Covid-19 situation wisely and how to overcome the anxiety that is caused by the Covid-19 outbreak. So, let’s move to the next article shall we? (link)
Writer: Audrey Christy
Editor: Lukas Limanjaya