In times of stress, we tend to focus on the stressors and ignore the rest.
During this season of uncertainty, Emotional Intelligence - awareness, intentionality & purpose, will be key to maintaining balance. Here are some mental health and wellbeing tips and strategies, that will help you to flex your EQ muscle and ensure wellbeing.
Focus On What YOU Have Control Over
Right now, so much seems beyond your control – there is so much uncertainty. So focus on what you can actually control.
Focusing on what we can’t control often takes our energy and attention away from what we can control.
And there’s the rub. Focusing on what we can’t control makes us less effective and potentially leads to the outcomes we fear the most. The more time and energy we’re spending on the things we can’t control, the less time and energy we’re spending on the ways in which we can make a difference.
Manage Your Media Exposure
Manage your exposure to media coverage as this can increase feelings of fear and anxiety. Be mindful of sources of information and ensure you are accessing good quality and accurate information.
Show compassion & kindness
In these times of fear, isolation (both physical and social) and uncertainty are when it is most important that we strengthen our sense of community by connecting with and supporting each other.
Remind ourselves that we can manage this much better together in solidarity, and that COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate – it can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, nationality or ethnicity.
Research after the SARS pandemic in Hong Kong in 2008, provides evidence of the significance of connection through epidemics. It found that residents in Hong Kong experienced increased social connected-ness, which offset the negative mental health impacts of the pandemic.
As connection is so important during this time, here are some tips on staying connected to others during this time. Remember – we are all in this together.
If there is someone you think may struggle through social isolation, it is important to reach out to them and let them know you care: Call them to check on their welfare or send them a message
Don’t underestimate the power you have to offer hope to another person.
Helping your children
This is an uncertain time for everyone, and children may be impacted by fear and anxiety. Here are some tips on how to ensure your children are supported;
Give your children extra attention and reassurance. Where possible, minimise their exposure to media and social media that may heighten anxiety. Acknowledge your own feelings about the situation and let children know it’s okay to share their own feelings. Include your children in plans and activities around the house.
Emotional Intelligence is being more aware, more intentional & more purposeful.