The COVID-19 pandemic is producing increased levels of stress and anxiety amongst a global workforce.
SARS-CoV-2 is gathering pace around the world. As we watch the situation unfold, businesses in the UK, are already beginning to experience the devastating effects. As more and more people start to self-isolate.
Schools were closed in the UK on Friday (20th March), it isn’t clear right now when they’ll reopen. All the uncertainty is fuelling a levitated amount of stress and anxiousness amongst the population. What happens now that parents can’t leave school children with grandparents. Who’s going to look after them while they work? That’s the problem now, but soon enough we’ll be on a nationwide lockdown. What does this mean for businesses? – Non-essential companies will close. More of us will have to either work from home or not work at all.
As we struggle with managing work, we also have our welfare to think of as well as our dependants. Anxiety is setting in for many people now. How do we juggle it all? Not all businesses can afford to say to their employees take some time out. Hopefully, your employers have worked out some contingency plans to reassure you. As the situation becomes more and more unclear and out of our hands, we need to identify some coping mechanisms.
Here are some tips to help you keep a positive mind during the COVID-19 outbreak:
We’re in this together! We will heal. Look at the positives like nature returning to the Grand Canals of Venice. The goodwill of humanity. Take some time to meditate and reflect on life itself. Use self-help apps such as Headspace and Calm to help relax and sleep.
Did you have any hobbies as a child? Playing the keyboard, learning Spanish, reading or cooking. Nows the time to revisit these hobbies or learn something new.
Check-in with people
Now more than ever is an opportunity to catch up with your friends (over the telephone). You might not have seen someone in a while, so check-in and see how they are. Talk to people as they’re probably feeling the same way.
During all of this, we can get into unhealthy habits like eating and remaining on the sofa. Your garden is the ultimate place for a workout. Or even the open outdoors. Sometimes it’s good to walk off that cabin fever. Endorphins from exercise trigger positive feelings in the body. You’ll feel so much better afterwards.
Limit Social Media
Sometimes it’s great to have a breather from all the chaos. We continually see updates, which isn’t a bad thing. Absorbing this information frequently can profoundly impact your health. Take a break.
The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has created a valuable guide.