As the spread of Covid-19 rules the world news, we, as human beings, are witnessing stress in our physical, as well as mental and emotional well-being. Emotions abound, ranging from ennui (world weariness), anxiety, depression, sadness, fear and many more, as clouds of uncertainty and chaos is wearing many of us down.
The new routines of life such as remote working, social distancing, self-confinement, is affecting all of us in various ways.
Dealing with it:
Our mind has a natural tendency to get distracted, even without any bad or worrisome news. Research shows that as the mind meanders, it gets caught in different patterns of thoughts and negative reasoning. During times of emergency or crisis— such as those we are living through now— this pattern is exaggerated, and the mind tends to get significantly hooked in chains of obsessive thinking and a feelings of helplessness. So, acknowledge it as given is the first step to dealing with it.
Building it up!
Having understood our own mind, the next is observing our natural response mechanism. Remember the mantra ‘to each is own’. Yes, it is a different process for everyone, and what works for one individual may not work for another! What’s important? each one of us has an in-built natural emotional and psychological response mechanism for emergencies and crises. So, observe your natural response before you modify or adapt your response, which is a vital second step.
Cutting the Clutter!
Resilience is the ability to notice our own thoughts, unfastening from the non-constructive ones, and rebalancing quickly. This skill can be nurtured and trained. At the point when you focus on calming and clearing your brain, you can focus on what is truly going on around you and what is coming up within you. You can watch and deal with your thoughts and get a hold of them when they begin to flee towards doomsday scenarios. Train/adapt your thoughts, is the third and the key step to take while handling it like a pro.
Remember, Resilience is not an inborne trait – it can be learned by anyone, and mastered with time and effort.
Building resilience can be a tough process. Here are some tips for reinforcing your resilience to difficult times in life:
- Maintain good relationships with your family and friends and accept their assistance during stressful situations. Additionally, engaging in hobbies/activities that you enjoy, may help relieve the stress and provide you with the much-needed support.
- Look at the big picture of life and abstain from viewing difficult times as an impossible scenario. Take small steps toward your goals and take one day at a time.
- Look out the window – Fear and uncertainty can prompt overreactions. It always feels better by accomplishing something … anything … as opposed to sitting with awkward feelings. Invest energy in looking out of the window and reflecting. Doing as such, will assist you with being ready to discover more clear answers about how best to move forward, both personally as well as professionally.
- Accept that change is a part of life and come to terms with circumstances that you cannot change. Keep a positive perspective on self and your ability to solve problems by and visualizing what you need.
- Take care of yourself! Get enough food, sleep, and exercise to keep yourself healthy. This is particularly significant amid the stressful times.
- Seek professional assistance in the off-chance where you get the feeling that the circumstance is unreasonably difficult for you to deal with all alone. A licensed mental health professional, counsellor or psychologist, can assist you build resilience for moving ahead in your life.
At Fincare Small Finance Bank, we are focussed on providing a resilient culture and ecosystem for people. Crisis, are part and parcel of life and business, and we remain focussed on building a sustainable future for all our stakeholders. Our firm belief is “tough times don’t last, tough teams do!”.
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