Despite the uncertainty about what tomorrow will bring, reframing one's situation from a place of anxiety to a more constructive state can actively boost our psychological resilience during these trying times. Here we share our approach to help you and your workplace community stay mentally strong.
Keep things in perspective
As Michael Bush, Global CEO of Great Place to Work® so eloquently put it: “We’ll get through this. However long COVID-19 impacts our lives and our work, eventually life will go back to 'normal' and the world will understand that we are all connected and better together than apart.”
While staying home full-time during lockdown may seem a mammoth challenge, remember that this behavioural change really is going a long way to keeping yourself and others safe. It shows our solidarity with the NHS and frontline workers the world over, and it reminds us that others are experiencing a much tougher time than we can imagine.
"A negative, or indeed positive, attitude can act as a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you decide to thrive at home and adapt to the situation, you will."
Surround Yourself with Supportive People
A problem shared is a problem halved – but this isn’t just about making time to socialise with friends or family. Lockdown can be an ideal opportunity to evaluate which of our relationships are healthy and offer the most value to us, then prioritise accordingly.
Writing out reasons of gratitude for specific people may be a good way to get started. By acknowledging and actively nurturing the positive relationships in your life, you can weave a social and emotional support network of people who will be ready to catch you if you were ever to fall – and for whom you’d be willing to do the same.
Social support – and knowing when and how to draw strength from this – is perhaps the single most enduring resource for resilience.
Think and talk about positive, non-coronavirus related topics
Whilst awareness is crucial, an obsessive focus is not healthy. Covid-19 has brought radical changes to your way of life, but life as a whole is made up of much more than the pandemic. Consciously thinking of the other things in our lives which are important to us can help lift our moods. Maintaining a sense of light-heartedness, optimism and, where appropriate, humour will help you stay mentally strong.
Focus on an internal locus of control
One day at a time
Lack of an ‘end in sight’ can be a huge driver of anxiety and poor mental health. Remember that the future – with or without a pandemic – will always entail some level of uncertainty. Bring your focus to the here and now. This is not to say that we ignore our fears and worries but accepting them as completely natural and adaptive responses to your personal life experiences will help prevent them from being overwhelming.
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Great Place to Work® specialises in helping organisations build impactful workplace cultures. We are here to help support our clients during this period of uncertainty. If you are a client, please reach out to your Account Manager who can share the tools we have in place to enable workplaces to measure and understand their current employee sentiments. If you are not a current client, stay tuned to our blog posts, Twitter and LinkedIn for people practices, advice and thought leadership on how best to navigate this unprecedented time.