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Healthy Me in a Corona Virus VUCA World

Posted 19 March 2020
by Diane Lynch

As the level of anxiety and disruption grows exponentially within the Australian community and globally Allegra Consulting as specialists in Change and Transformation has historically provided support, tips and tools on how to support yourself, family and the broader community in a VUCA (Vulnerability, Uncertainty, Chaos and Ambiguity) world.

Feelings of unease are expected following a stressful event like the current pandemic; however, we must learn to manage our stress before it turns to more severe anxiety and panic and ultimately has a negative health impact.

Let's address some of the points that are challenges for people here and now in March 2020 and beyond, conscious of the fact that the situation is changing hourly and how we can help our Community and Clients manage their journey and maintain a healthy body and mind.

With any disaster or significant challenges, whether global or not there is often an opportunity for personal growth and transformation, so let's all work together to stay healthy both physically and psychologically.

This article has some answers to the questions you may be asking yourselves and also practical suggestions that you can take to maintain a Healthy Me and a Healthy Us.

I wanted to introduce you to one of our digital tools, HealthyMe Digital.  HealthyMe Digital focusses on holistic health and wellbeing issues with content that can be accessed on-demand in bite-sized portions.  It's a proactive and positive way of providing some help and advice where and when people need it. The HealthyMe Digital product is designed to take a proactive approach to Health and Wellbeing by introducing digital 'bite-size' information that supports users with their Health and Wellbeing across all dimensions of our lives including Mental, Physical, Emotional and Environmental. (check it out at www.healthymedigital.com)

Some Essentials specific to our current climate

Remote Working

  • Remoteness and isolation – how does this affect people? Some people will cope perfectly well, but others will suffer from isolation anxiety. How do we keep connected when working alone remotely? Virtual technologies to enable collaboration amongst individuals, as well as other similar support mechanisms, are out there for us to use in these situations. Utilise some of these great tools like Zoom, Microsoft teams etc
  • Be mindful of the specific needs of individuals, who are working alone
  • Ergonomics – Make sure your home office setup is just as appropriate as your standard/work office set up. Your physical wellbeing is important
  • It is important to take regular breaks, walks and exercise during the day. Eat away from your workstation 

 

Health and Self Care

  • Situations can be happening in other people’s personal lives that colleagues and partners may not be aware of. Personal circumstances are different for everyone and we need to be aware and show empathy
  • It is important that we know our own bodies and how we take action early when we start to see early signs of physical or mental strain. Taking responsibility early can mean our health is maintained
  • Support groups and coping mechanisms are available, and we can take advantage of some of these groups. Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) , coaching, counselling and other external support groups are out there. Virtual sessions are now available in certain situations also so more flexible for people to access

 

What can I do?

Being proactive by following basic hygiene principles. The World Health Organization recommends a number of protective measures against the coronavirus, including:

  • Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell until you fully recover
  • Washing your hands, for 20 seconds, regularly and or use anti-bacterial sanitiser or 65-90% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Sneeze and cough into our elbows
  • Seek medical care early if you have a fever, cough or experience breathing difficulties  If you are unwell or suspect you or a member of your family has Corona Virus what should I do?

 

To help encourage a positive frame of mind, it is important to look after your mental health. Everybody practises self-care differently with some examples including:

  • maintaining good social connections and communicating openly with family and friends
  • making time for activities and hobbies you enjoy
  • keeping up a healthy lifestyle by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting quality sleep and avoiding the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs to cope with stress
  • Avoid panic and acting irrationally causing social conflict and violence
  • practising relaxation, meditation and mindfulness to give your body a chance to settle and readjust to a calm state.

 

Ways to manage yourself

  • Listen to and follow expert health advice
  • Get your news from reliable sources and be aware of potential scams and fake news
  • Take a break from the news if it gets overwhelming
  • Do what you can for the most vulnerable in our society and take responsible action to reduce risks to others
  • Recognise we need to all act together to help each other
  • Check in with people who feel anxious and overwhelmed and be supportive.  Caring for others in the team and being aware of vulnerable people who may need additional support
  • Let facts not fear inform your actions and feelings
  • Protect your mental health by doing things that help you relax
 

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