Experts are raising the flag to warn that the COVID-19 pandemic has spawned a mental health crisis which could last for months and years.
The measures we have been taking to control the virus – isolation, lockdowns, business closures, restricted access – have brewed a dangerous cocktail of anxiety, loneliness, grief and deep uncertainty.
Forbes recently conducted some research into 5000 employees mental health and wellness, called the “Potential Project”. When they asked “What are you feeling right now?”, two emotions accounted for 50% of the total answers – worry and anxiety.
In general, negative emotions accounted for a whopping 81% of the responses and positive emotions only 19%. The root causes of that negativity? Isolation, loneliness, uncertain financial futures, and fear of their personal and loved ones’ well-being.
Forbes’s “Potential Project “worked with one of the world’s largest, global health technology companies. Anticipating the stress and strain brought on by the coronavirus crisis, the client initiated a rapid, global roll-out of resilience training across their organization.
Delivered by Potential Project, the training included Resilience Booster webinars and three weeks of daily, drop-in resilience training sessions.
The daily sessions were 10 minutes of mindfulness practice, plus time to share tips for finding calm and balance with work and family life.
Over 700 employees from 40+ countries attended the daily drop-in sessions over the three-week run. Forbes polled participants on how they felt both before and after the sessions, and the difference was striking.
At the beginning of all sessions, the emotional tone of the participants was fairly low.
75% of participants reported a negative emotion, such as sad/down/tired, anxious, angry and stressed.
In contrast, at the end of the sessions, the emotional tone was overwhelmingly positive (99%) versus negative (1%). After only ten minutes of quieting their minds, 45% of participants reported feeling a sense of calm and 29% reported feeling gratitude.
The exciting news is that a small investment can deliver high dividends. This research has shown that creating even small, 10-minute opportunities for coming together and recharging our minds can alleviate anxious uncertainty and boost resilience and performance at work.
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“paying attention in a particular way;
On purpose, in the present moment, and
– Jon Kabat Zinn, Professor of Medicine.
The benefits of regular
Reduced stress and anxiety
Improved sleeping patterns
Less self judgement and more self awareness
Greater feelings of joy and freedom
Improved mental health
Effective ways to work with difficult thoughts and emotions
There are a number of online courses and workshops as well as apps that you can use to help you practice Mindfulness. A recent study showed that after only ten minutes of quieting their minds, 45% of participants reported feeling a sense of calm and 29% reported feeling gratitude.