Coronavirus or Covid19 has swept the world and impacted each and everyone of us.
It’s a time of uncertainty, confusion and frustration. No matter who you are, you’ll have been affected by our current climate.
We’ve been instructed to remain at home, social distant ourselves from the outside world including members of our own family and friends. Work from home where we can and only leave our homes for essential reasons such as shopping or an hour’s exercise a day.
Businesses are struggling and many are finding themselves financially vulnerable and having no option but to let staff go. A great majority of the 5m self-employed workers in the U.K. have had all their work vanish in a matter of a few days with no visible income for the foreseeable future. Hospitals are at their limits and key workers are working themselves into the ground. Moreover, there’s the fear of loved ones contracting the virus particularly if they are in the 1.5m group of people classed as a high risk and extremely open to developing more serious complications.
We’re not wired for this level of uncertainty and change. We’ve gone from ‘living’ to ‘survival’ mode and we are on high alert and pushing our stress to it’s limits and can leave us feelings completely overwhelmed. So, it might be time to review what’s really important and letting go of some of the other stuff, as least for the time being, so that you aren’t stuck in grief or anger.
In reality, we are all in this together and we need to take a collective and shared responsibility to care for and look out for each other. At a time when there’s greater uncertainty about life than we’re used to tolerating, we all feel more vulnerable. Anxiety is a normal day-to-day feeling, just like hunger, excitement and tiredness. It’s part of how we rationalise things and make decisions. However, when under increased stress, our bodies can misinterpret this stress as a danger, triggering an overwhelming anxiety response.
This is known as the ‘fight, freeze, flight or flock response and it provides the body with a burst of energy – adrenaline – so that is can respond to the perceived danger. While this was necessary for survival thousands of years ago, this reaction isn’t helpful when you’re trying to work or fall asleep.
With the outbreak of Covid19 our stress levels are being pushed to the maximum and if not addressed will have an impact on our mental health. Remember, this time will pass. We’ll soon be in a different space, learned a lot about ourselves and the world around us.
In the coming weeks I will be publishing some guidelines on how to keep yourself healthy both physically and mentally and supporting both businesses and individuals through this crisis period.
Stay safe and well