The social distancing measures we’ve adopted in the face of this global pandemic have caused many people to feel increased stress, isolation and loneliness, which not only takes a toll on our mental health but also negatively impacts our work performance. Here are some expert tips to help you and your team get through the crisis without letting these negative emotions take control.
Social distancing has separated us from our family, friends and co-workers, but being alone doesn’t need to mean lonely, says a new article from Harvard Business Review Ascend.
In the first week or two, many people probably saw the lockdowns as a chance to finally do all the things they wanted to do if only they had the time—learn a new skill or language, read more, try some new recipes, even just clean out their email Inbox. But as the weeks pass by, this forced alone time can lead to feelings of isolation.
How can you combat loneliness?
Source: How to Be Alone Without Being Lonely
Rituals can help us manage extreme emotions and stress during turbulent times—such as coping with the anxiety and grief produced by a global pandemic, says a new article from Harvard Business Review Senior Editor Scott Berinato.
Personal rituals can help lessen our grief after a loss, make us feel closer to our families or reinforce our commitment to our partner. Even little things like how you get ready in the morning or walking the same route during your lunch break can become ritualistic. These rituals, in moderation, can help us gain a sense of control and reduce anxiety and stress.
With the pandemic changing so much in our lives, people are using technology to recreate their rituals as best they can, scheduling virtual dinners, happy hours or even game nights so they can still interact with family and friends. Others are creating whole new rituals—for example, “one company has started all its virtual meetings by having participants click on images of Patrick from SpongeBob to indicate how they’re feeling.” This kind of ritual may seem silly, but it gives people a sense of familiarity in a new and uncomfortable situation.
Source: The Restorative Power of Ritual
Work-related stress can leave us feeling helpless. While the cause of that stress may be out of our hands, we can still learn to control our response to it, says emotional intelligent expert Harvey Deutschendorf in a Fast Company article.
Among his tips:
Source: 7 Steps To Take When Your Work Stress Gets Too Much To Handle