Right now, there are a ton of webinars you can join that are all talking about everything from the impact of COVID-19 on businesses to how we can make working from home (WFH) work on a long-term basis.
Luckily, I happened to stumble across an event recently that really spoke to me. The topic? Building Your Emotional Immunity. The speaker? Lisa Morrow, a Global HR & Wellbeing professional with 20+ years experience managing health and well-being programmes for companies to achieve optimal health and productivity. Lisa is passionate about helping people achieve their best selves no matter what they do.
The talk stated what we all know. COVID-19 is so top of mind these days. We can’t get away from it. Whether it’s the worry about getting infected or the health of older family members, coping with the constant changes and/or restrictions, or just not being able to WFH with ease, we are all coping with it in some way. And since every person and every business is trying to adapt to the situation, it’s more important than ever to retain a healthy sense of perspective, focus upon practical ways to adapt to the situation and respond in a composed way to the outbreak. In other words, we need to learn ways in increase our emotional immunity to be able to deal with all these new changes that are become our new norm.
What I found so inspirational, is that while Lisa reminded us that while 80% of us will experience zero to mild symptoms of the virus, we can all build our emotional immunity to cope with all the other symptoms that we’re feeling. And the tips and techniques she gives us are all very doable, practical and full of common sense. Like the following:
Look after yourself
Be prepared to say ‘No’
Impact of current newsfeed
Turn off notifications
Shop locally and consider what you truly need
Think about who might need help
Incorporate strengths in daily activities
‘Never forget that what you do for other people, you’re doing for yourself too.’
In addition to her helpful nutrition, sleep, mindfulness and well-being tips that are all necessary to keep us ‘healthy,’ what I took away from it all is that the best way to strengthen your emotional immune system these days (and indeed anytime) is to turn yourself into a ‘promoter of positive emotions’ and uplifting moods.
By simply focusing on all the good parts of yourself, by liking your personality, your actions etc. Because without even realising it other people’s mood will start to line up with your good attitude. All you have to do is focus on the good, on the best side of things by seeing the best in people. And maybe if we can do that, we will be able to focus on all the good things that are happening right now in these disruptive, surreal times.
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