These are difficult and challenging times, however it is easier to handle when we understand some things about peace of mind. Videos posted on this site should give you enough information to recognize what is going on and to know what to do to fight back fears.
One thing I should tell you is what I learned about “excessive thinking” and how it led to my own depression after 9/11/2001.
Excessive thinking is when we focus on something to the point that it negatively affects us. This affliction caused me to lose my job because I could not even fill out a bank deposit slip at work without making mistakes. Depression set in and I no longer wanted to do things that I used to enjoy. Finally, I realized that I needed to do something to refocus the bad energy inside me and turn the energy into a constructive project. What I did was start writing in my journal (later those writings turned into a book in The Treasure Box Series).
It is vital for us to protect our peace of mind when dealing with the tribulations of our times. We can become consumed with worry about the future or be overcome with excessive thinking. We need to stop the worrying–accept that we can only do what we can do, and then let God take care of the rest. However, this does not mean we neglect things or tune out on our responsibilities; then we become part of the problem.
Keep in mind that we always have the choice to answer challenges with preparation, planning, and proper responses to the chaotic situations that exist around us. Of course, we also have the choice to throw it all to the wind and say, “Oh well, I can’t do anything about it anyway,” and then react to a situation out of default.
My goal is to help people acknowledge that there are always alternatives to reacting by default (reacting without thinking about it as an automatic reflex and continue doing things the way we always do them). When we apply the principles known to keep our peace of mind intact, we will find that there are more options available to us that create peace, than there are by reacting in default, even in our present circumstances.