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How Mindfulness Can Help You Navigate the COVID-19 Panic

Updated: Mar 20, 2020



Due to the growing concerns related to COVID-19, we have all experienced an increased level of stress. Whether it be regarding work, our own personal welfare or that of friends and family, we are all being impacted.


Here are a few things that will help you better manage your mindset during this period of uncertainty.


Set the Tone- Create a Space of Connectedness


Connectedness during social distancing? Not as impossible as you may think. Social distancing is a way to keep people from interacting closely or frequently enough to spread infectious disease but does not mean your employees must feel alone.


Be intentional about communicating solution-based advice for day-to-day operations. The perception the employees have is what sets the tone for whether or not they feel valued as a human being. Ask yourself- Do the actions of my leadership reflect that of a concerned employer and best place to work?


Practice Mindfulness


Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. Implementing mindfulness in your daily routine has the ability to;


  • Improve performance

  • Assist with eliminating distractions 

  • Provide clarity and focus for sound decision making


Stress impairs judgment and compromises your immune system. Mindfulness brings you to a relaxed state of mind and reduces the probability of costly, impulsive decisions. As a leader, you must remain grounded in times of uncertainty.


If you are self-managing and trying to stay calm, maintain focus and have the clarity to find solutions, implement mindfulness into your daily routine and reap the immediate benefits. A peaceful mind is a productive mind.


Think Like a Living, Breathing, Human


Concern, uncertainty, and frustration are often associated with unexpected changes, especially if a change management strategy is not part of your organization's strategic plan. There are a few things you can do to impact the day-to-day morale of the employees who are still commuting to the office.


  • Take time for your mental health. Be mindful of how you're feeling to ensure you are able to be present and have a clear mind when dealing with the emotions of those on your team.

  • Provide information and tips on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what you're doing to mitigate the in-office risk.

  • Explore how technology can be leveraged to reduce the disruption of operations and implement an interim solution swiftly.

Now is the time to show your employees your company truly fosters a culture of well-being and connectedness. Rather than putting your focus on the inconveniences of the disruption, try focusing on solution-based, actionable outcomes.


Communication is Key (cliché, yet accurate)


This is the time to over-communicate. People are genuinely concerned about their families, finances, and future. In times of uncertainty, ALL communication is valued and should be consistent and genuine. Your employees need to know you are thinking of their overall well-being-not just your bottom line.


Lack of communication allows employees to create their own narrative. Take control of the narrative by creating a communication strategy to provide consistent communication to your organization. Ensure real-time communication is available for employees at all times during this transition.


Although we aren't in control of the outcome, we are 100% in control of how we manage our moment to moment actions, emotions, and communication. Make sure you are only engaging in behaviors that align with the legacy you are creating for yourself.


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