This rapid change in an atmosphere of fear and constant uncertainty can be wearing on our nervous system. The negative impacts are further fuelled by the 24-hour news cycle, which intensifies our sense of things being out of control. In some cases this prolonged state of worry can lead to negative responses within our brain and body.
This often builds up slowly, so we don’t always notice the cumulative negative impact it is having on us both physically and mentally. It can lead to broken sleep, feelings of being out of control and overwhelmed, as well as feeling distracted or irritable.
There is a silver lining: rapid change can create opportunity and draw out the best in human potential. Now more than ever it’s important that we do what we can to build our own resilience so we can stay grounded and calm as the world changes around us, and even be inspired to find positive ways to do things differently in amongst it all.