Leadership Tip

How to stay calm during the crisis

The coronavirus outbreak may be a physical health crisis, but it is also taking a toll on people’s mental health. The World Health Organization put out guidance on handling the stress of the pandemic and mental health campaigners have provided advice, particularly for people with existing anxiety issues who may find the situation particularly stressful. Here's a few ideas:

  1. A constant stream of news can add to feelings of stress, so the WHO advises getting updates once or twice a day and using official sources of information.
  2. It can also be helpful to take a break from social media or mute specific words or accounts that make you anxious.
  3. For people finding social distancing measures difficult, the charity Mind advises sticking to a routine and planning regular check-ins.
  4. If you're working from home, you could video call a friend or colleague in the background for company, suggests psychotherapist Nick Blackburn.
  5. Helping others has been shown to have mental health benefits and can be as small as ordering someone's shopping or texting someone you haven't spoken to in a while.
  6. If working from home, keep your schedule as similar to how it is in the office as possible. Take the same amount of time to get ready, keep your start time, and check in with your colleagues.
  7. Try to have a “transition” to mark the end of the working day. Clock out with your colleagues, and find a place you can put your work materials and laptop away.


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