With the COVID-19 situation, many aspects of the people’s lives have since been impacted and are adapting with changes, be it physically, financially, professionally, socially or psychologically. Workplaces are activating remote working arrangements for all employees, putting digital working processes into play at the most nimble possible way for businesses operations that could continue remotely. People are expected to practise strict social distancing at social and professional levels. All social and lifestyle-related venues are being closed temporarily due to tightened social distancing measures. While facing all these challenges, the core of coping and adapting with this global pandemic is for the individual to have resilience and maintain social cohesion.
“We should take courage and see through this stressful time together.”
- PM Lee Hsien Loong
It is indeed that certain factors such as health, job security, social environment, etc, are beyond one’s control. Within what can be determined by oneself, the individual can take useful steps to manage emotional stress and build resilience:
- Engage in meaningful social relationships virtually, support and show empathy towards each other;
- Engage in activities mindfully and put more focus on self-care;
- Stay in the present moment and focus on what can be done and do it well;
- Embrace flexibility and learn to adapt to changing situations;
- Ensure that one’s first reaction is not to worry, but to take a problem-solving approach to respond consciously;
- Practice keys to more sustained well-being, like gratitude, mindfulness, awe, and compassion;
- And emerge stronger psychologically out of the crisis, as things will pass in time.
This calendar is a day-by-day guide to well-being. This month, we hope it helps you find resilience in these uncertain times.
Source: www.actionforhappiness.org - Active Coping Calendar (April 2020)
Let us take the opportunity to continue to care for others around us and step up to calls of social caring in these times. And amidst this adversity, we are indeed reminded of countless acts of goodness, kindness, and heroism are taking place all over as Singapore and the world battles COVID-19 virus.
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- How to Keep the Greater Good in Mind During the Coronavirus Outbreak:
- Eight Acts of Goodness Amid the COVID-19 Outbreak:
- Free Online Emotional Resilience Program: