Best-selling author Margie Warrell, an international expert on brave leadership and founder of Global Courage has been dealing with two extremely stressful situations lately. She had to help rescue her parents from the bush fires in her native Australia and recently found out that her husband has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Her husband Andrew has been isolated in an Australian hospital.
Warrell is releasing her new book at the end of the month, You've Got This: The Life Changing Power of Trusting Yourself.
Warrell is in Singapore right now, and can't visit her children or her husband after learning of his diagnosis.
She spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about how we don't have to live in fear. Warrell says left unchecked, fear can set up residence in our psyche and leave us living in a real life nightmare of our own making.
Margie says even though the coronavirus pandemic is a challenging time for everyone, it doesn't have to be terrifying, she says it call comes down to how you're dealing with it. She stresses doing rituals can help you.
"For some people it's exercise, for some journaling, praying, listening to music, spending with time with those who lift you up, avoiding people tha stress you out. A lot of people are living in a high state of anxiety right now but if you stay in that state it really impacts our physical and mental health."
Warrell says social media is playing a vital role in helping people get through this pandemic.
"I think we're so fortunate that we have social media and ability of technology to stay connected. I think the term social distancing was wrongly named that. It should have been called physical distancing because I think we have to be more socially connected than ever."
You can find out more about Margie Warrell on her website.