Tips for Coping with Uncertainty due to COVID-19

It’s important to look after our physical and mental wellbeing and the wellbeing of our community as we get through this uncertain time. Here are some tips and advice to help you through.

Changing Your Mindset

  • Fear about coronavirus is normal – but don’t let it control you
  • Instead, do what you’re good at – take action with what works eg. Wash your hands more often, don’t touch your face, stay home if you are sick
  • The important thing is not to panic. Take a deep breath, remember that a pandemic describes a disease’s ‘spread’ not its severity

How To Deal With Uncertainty

  • Spend time with people who accept you as you are – you don’t have to explain yourself to them
  • If you have hobbies or work tasks that you find interesting and satisfying, do more of them
  • Talk to your GP, if s/he is someone you feel you can trust to help keep you on track
  • Find out about EAP – if there is some available at your workplace, book yourself in
  • With family, give support but also remember you can use some too: making simpler meals, helping with housekeeping
  • Talk to your manager or someone else at work that you trust for support

Reassuring the Young and Elderly

  • Listening is key, rather than instructing or advising
  • Don’t brush off their fears, feeling overwhelmed is understandable
  • Encourage open communication and give them a chance to say how they are feeling
  • Then help them find the information they need to feel better

Talking To Your Teams

  • Talk often and give your team your full attention
  • Expect difficult questions and acknowledge fears and concerns but don’t make promises you can’t keep
  • Use a calm, reassuring tone of voice
  • If you’re concerned about someone in your team, talk to them one-on-one
  • Always be honest but admit when you don’t know the answer
  • Encourage self-care and self-belief

Feel Like You Can’t Keep Going?

If your thoughts become dark or you think you can’t keep going, talk to someone. Whether a friend, a trusted work colleague, your GP or an online support group.