Widespread lockdowns, social distancing
requirements, and economic concerns caused by COVID-19 have imposed feelings of
personal isolation and uncertainty. With constant news reports,
outbreak-related statistics, and physical restrictions, it’s easy to feel
overwhelmed. We’re all experiencing
elevated levels of stress and anxiety. But there are ways to recognize and
address these emotional shifts.
Step One – Evaluate your emotional state.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you lose your temper more
quickly, or more often, than you did pre- pandemic?
- Are relationships strained with
those in your innermost circle, like family and friends?
- Are you tired more often,
unable to keep up with daily tasks?
- Do you respond more emotionally
than you used to?
- Are you feeling hopeless or are
you unable to picture life post-pandemic?
It’s important to carefully consider these
questions and answer them honestly. Try to consciously recognize if any of
these are affecting you as you go through your day. Feelings of anxiety or depression are common
during times of uncertainty, so no one should feel alone or ashamed. And realistically diagnosing these feelings
is the first step toward recovery.
Step Two – Determine what’s missing.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What did I used to enjoy that
I’m no longer getting because of the crisis?
- Examples: More alone time,
regular exercise, or more time reading, etc.
- What factors are now preventing
you from doing those things?
- Examples: More people in the
apartment more often, gyms are closed, or I’ve been too busy to read, etc.
- Are there creative ways to
solve these challenges in our new environment?
- Examples: Find a quiet
corner, closet, or balcony to claim 15 minutes of time for yourself, exercise
at home using online classes or resources, or make time to read each day, even
if just a few minutes at bedtime, etc.
Step Three – Avoid common stressors.
Engaging in activities that are known
stressors can sabotage both our progress and positive mindset.
Consider the following guidance:
- Take a break from watching news
shows, channels, or reading phone app updates. Access to media is everywhere, so
it helps to take frequent breaks. Constantly monitoring news reports and
pandemic-related stats can feel overwhelming.
- Try to minimize time on social
media. And, when you are checking, try to avoid negative posts or comments. It’s
even ok to temporarily unfollow people who regularly post upsetting content so
you can focus more on the positive and uplifting messages in your feed.
- Be patient and generous with
others. Everyone is feeling the impact of the pandemic — including children,
spouses, and your extended support team like teachers. So, it’s important to
show everyone patience and forgiveness if someone else is having a bad day, or
acting more emotionally than usual.
Now, more than ever, we should practice the
mantra of being “slow to anger and quick to forgiveness”. We’re all under
extraordinary pressure with these unprecedented circumstances and deserve mutual
understanding and compassion.
Step 4 – Invest in yourself.
Rather than focusing on the negative
aspects of the lockdown, look for positive and productive ways to use your
View this as an opportunity to:
- Try a new activity like yoga or
meditation. New experiences are exciting and provide a constructive way to use
the additional time at home. Is there something you’ve been wanting to do, but
had trouble finding the time for it?
- Focus on a project you’ve been
planning to tackle. Now is the perfect time for that home project you were
never able to get to before.
- Learn something new, like a new
skill or foreign language.There are endless amounts of online courses,
tutorial videos, and step-by-step guides available – and they’re only a few
- Prioritize staying connected,
despite the physical distance.Humans are social creatures who need to feel
connected to others.So, take advantage of today’s technology to video
conference or chat with friends and loved ones while maintaining a healthy
At times, it may be difficult to stay
positive and envision life after the pandemic. But it will come to an end – I
promise. So, in the meantime, it’s important to take care of ourselves, and
those around us. Beyond just focusing on our own emotional struggles, we should
also recognize that others may need a boost.
We welcome you to share this information
with friends and family members who may need it. Nothing provides a sense of
fulfillment and purpose like helping others. Plus, maintaining a personal
network is your greatest defense against stress and anxiety.
So, stay safe out there, both in body and
mind! We are all in this together.
“Let’s take care of each other. Let’s be
human together. And let’s remember that no one within our extended
Teleperformance family is facing this crisis alone.” – Daniel Julien, Teleperformance
Founder and CEO