Practising resilience during the coronavirus pandemic

By Créde Sheehy-Kelly, High Performance Psychologist
March 13th 2020

If Isaac Newton can use an outbreak of bubonic plague to figure out how gravity works, just think what opportunities there might be for people to actually thrive during this coronavirus pandemic. The secret to flourishing is in our approach to the crisis and the uncertainty that surrounds it.

Had Newton crumbled under the anxiety and uncertainty surrounding the bubonic plague, the world as we know it would be different. One man keeping his head under pressure led to the advancement of the human race.

In 1665 during an outbreak of the bubonic plague in England, Cambridge University closed its doors. Isaac Newton was forced to return home to Woolsthorpe Manor. While sitting in the garden one day, Newton saw an apple falling from a tree, leading to a realisation that eventually developed into his law of universal gravitation. As Newton took time to stop and smell the roses during a period of intense fear, he solved one of humankinds most important puzzles.

There is no doubt that coronavirus is a significant global concern and that, separate even to the obvious physical health implications of the virus, the economic, social and mental health implications are profound.

The measures being taken by governments to contain the spread of the virus are understandably warranted. However what if, instead of feeling helpless and frustrated by the disruption to our normal day to day lives, we chose to view this unprecedented turn of events as an opportunity? This is the very definition of resilience – bouncing back from adversity and experiencing growth as a result of successfully navigating a challenge.

When we experience a stressful event, it is our response to the stressor that determines how it impacts us. Specifically, our perception of the stressor and our assessment of our ability to cope with it are the factors that influence whether it defeats us or leads to our growth and strengthens our resilience.

Adopting a resilient mindset during this time of uncertainty and disruption will go a long way towards mitigating any potential negative impact. Focusing on the things that are within your control, seeking learning opportunities in the challenge and practising gratitude are key aspects of a resilient mindset. These strategies helps to move you from a sense of overwhelm and helplessness to feeling empowered and optimistic, which in turn leads to positive action.

Are you an office worker who has been requested to work from home? Perhaps the diminished contact with colleagues and commute time will allow you some time to focus on strategic thinking and personal development, items that often get overlooked during the intensity of the day-to-day running of the business. 

Are you an athlete who has been prevented from training physically over the next few weeks? This could be an ideal time to focus on building the mental side of your game so that you maintain or improve performance as a result of the time away from the pitch or track.

Are you a trader who is in unchartered territory with the volatility of the current markets? Why not use this time to really test how committed you can be to your normal trading process when the market is behaving like an unruly goat.

I want to help you thrive and flourish during this challenging time. If you want to find out more about how my online performance coaching can help you do this, pick up the phone and let’s discuss how you can navigate this challenge like a boss.

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