Staying at home, worrying about finances, increasing family obligations and grieving the loss of our old routines make up a recipe for prolonged stress during the pandemic.
To combat the many negative effects of prolonged stress, experts are pooling resources to give you the necessary tools. Salesforce has recently published a wellness playbook in cooperation with Thrive Global to address their findings:
- 82% of individuals feel the COVID-19 pandemic has had a bigger negative impact on their stress than any other event in history.
- Over 75% of people agree the COVID-19 outbreak has negatively impacted their habits, routines, and structures.
Shian Chuan, mindfulness and leadership coach, NLP Master Practitioner and holistic healer contributes to Thrive Global. She joins us on The Level Up! Podcast this week to provide our listeners with a roadmap to shift from surviving the pandemic to thriving in the new normal.
Shian defines mental health as emotional well-being. This emotional well-being is the first step that she takes with her clients in order to establish stability, which is necessary for working toward their goals.
She clarifies further that your state of mind and emotions regulate your ability to handle stress, and that stress is triggered by threats. These threats are not only caused by external forces but also internal thoughts. No matter how strong you are, if your emotions and mental health are not addressed over a long period of time, then you’ll likely experience burnout.
In the Philippines, our own Department of Health Secretary has admitted that there is less than one mental health worker for every 100,000 Filipinos today, more than two years after the passage of The Mental Health Act (RA11036). Shian points out that there is a shortage of therapists even in the US.
Thankfully, we can equip ourselves and our teams with basic tools to ground our emotions, get stable, and start thriving. She therefore trains HR leaders to spread awareness about how people’s emotions are caused by their needs. Addressing those needs unlocks compassion and the energy to work toward a shared goal.
She recommends you start by meeting your personal needs today. It might be as basic as giving yourself 10 minutes to move your body or do your favorite routine that powers you up for the day. Shian adds that it’s important to understand what expectations you have of yourself and whether you need to let go of some old habits in order to grow.
Finally, asking questions in the areas of physical, emotional, spiritual and community aspects of yourself will allow you to identify a holistic roadmap toward thriving.