Anchor & Flank
One of the basics concepts in wildland firefighting is to "anchor and flank" (more in this blog post here). It is a key to safety, and to effective tactics. You find yourself a safe spot. You make it safer if need be. Then you work out from there - along the flank of the fire. You anchor and flank. While you're at it, you always "keep one foot in the black" - meaning that you keep one foot in an area that is safe, because it has already burned.
There's a lot of metaphor there - enough for one of my really long blog posts. The point is: it's a good principle for life, too. Find an anchor point. Make it safer. Work out from there. If it gets dangerous - you go back to the anchor point.
That being said - it's easier when you have a definable disaster, like a wildfire. They have nice well-behaved if not often fast-moving perimeters; it's usually clear-ish what's on fire and what isn't. Life in the pandemic is different - it's ubiquitous. When the disaster is everywhere, you have to adapt. Find anchor points, safe spaces, safety, and grounding where you can. Create the space for an anchor point if you're in a position to - or for anchor points in the different real-world or metaphorical places where you need to operate. There are ways. We do coaching to help figure out stuff like this.
I'll throw in one more metaphor. During my brief stint in construction, we had to take a safety class that covered electricity. You need to make sure you have a "ground" in structural wiring, and for construction site cords. The ground wire gives any extra electricity somewhere to go so it doesn't damage anything. In a building, it literally puts that energy into the ground. I like to think that being grounded means having a safe spot, and having some safety mechanisms in place to route dangerous energy. If I get off center, I check my grounding tools; and my anchor points.
The blog posts and resources linked below in some way fit this metaphor - to anchor and flank. Obviously this isn't just a metaphor - anchor points can be real-world, too, as mentioned above for this world in a pandemic. There are ways to find and create them in the real world, even in this disruption. And anchors may be spiritual; about getting grounded in your beliefs. As we're navigating disruption, it helps to have an anchor point to start from.
The point is to get grounded in some way, to work out from there, and to come back to the anchor point if you need it.
Be safe. Light it up.