Were you charging forward with a full head of steam prior to the pandemic? You were getting things done; making progress; hitting markers; achieving goals. Wow… you were out there and you were killing it.
And now, the world has shifted gears. Here in Canada, we are deep in this pandemic. Drastic measures have been instituted by governments at all levels. Legal restrictions and common sense have forced us to respect this virus’s deadly profile.
Therapeutic Counselling for employees (Online!)
If you are adjusting to a home office, be patient with yourself and your co-workers. These routines take time to gel. You and your colleagues may be simultaneously juggling kids and pets who are eager to have you around. They need to adjust to your “work face” too.
Stress and anxiety is a real problem at these times.
- Accept your situation.
- Adjust your previous expectations.
- Be flexible and patient.
- Focus on attainable short term goals.
- Frequently check in with your people.
- Provide encouragement and guidance.
Offer coaching and counselling services to your people. Hire therapeutic counsellors to work with individuals as they struggle with uncertainty and frequent change.
Therapeutic Counselling is an excellent service, especially during these stressful times. Call my office at 250.869.0881 and discuss options for you and your colleagues.
What else can I do?
- Protect your health. Comply with recognized health authorities and new legislation.
- Use this time to get caught up on some important and neglected activities. As an example, practice deliberate, centred awareness… mindfulness.
- While in a grounded, relaxed state: acknowledge your resources (internal and external):
- Internal resources include things such as: wisdom, experience, skill, stamina, resilience, creativity, resourcefulness. Also: personal power, toughness, fierceness. And at the same time: compassion, kindness, care, love.
- External resources include things such as: access to food, shelter, loved ones, access to credit, safety within a stable government (Canada), a culture of respect, care, support.
- Practice deliberate awareness of appreciation and gratitude. Let this awareness be the foundation for a feeling of abundance, security and confidence.
- Learn to enjoy doing nothing. Rest with an awareness of the moment and any sensations as they come and go. Become friendly with your efforts to be in the moment. Suspend tendencies to be judgemental, analytical, mentally over active. Let your mental and emotional systems rest. Rest in silence. Rest is essential for overall health and longevity.
And now the easy stuff…
- Get physically active. Just because you are physically isolated doesn’t mean we should fall apart and become a couch potato. Create a personal exercise plan and improve your physical fitness.
- Turn off the news channels, radio and other background noises that are saturated with charged emotional drama.
- Selectively read only legit news sources such as the official government websites, recognized local and regional news agencies. Limit your exposure to only relevant news and choose what and when you read it. This will build your sense of personal power. Reading news removes some of the hyperbole and emotionally charged energy.
- Reach out to friends, family and other loved ones. Send them feelings of compassion and love.
- Perform other practical, essential activities, including: Cleaning up digital files. Clean up our physical workspace. Get rid of junk, clutter, garbage. Repair broken equipment, gear, furniture.
- Learn new things: technology, arts, music, cooking recipes, jokes, yoga, meditation, gardening etc.
- When interacting with the public, be a force for good. Be patient. De-escalate intense emotional dramas. Thank the people who continue to work and serve the community: Health care professionals and all other essential services, right now.
You may have plans and strategies and you can model these over and over in theory. But worrying about the future can grind away at your mental health. To balance this, take deliberate breaks and apply yourself to the moment. Rest gently in awareness.
For more information about mental health strategies, call Kelowna Hypnotherapy Centre (250) 869-0881.