As our world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, we see that the uncertainty factor can be itself dangerous by causing fear and panic.A leader’s job in times of crisis is all about alignment, and alignment is about focusing energy. To keep everyone else focused, it’s necessary to lead yourself first. Here are some practical ways to lead yourself.

Take control of your mind
The brain is wired to look for threats, therefore during a crisis, it’s difficult to stay centered. As a result, the mind runs wild with imagination leading to cognitive fusion and rumination. Cognitive fusion is when you believe every thought.

Instead of distinguishing thoughts as opinions or interpretations, they become facts in your mind, which leads to rumination — worrying about the same thing over and over. Scientists know that rumination can create anxiety and depression.

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