Today’s world is changing in ways we couldn’t have foreseen a year ago. In 2019, masks and queues weren’t everyday occurrences and lockdown was a term we hadn’t even heard of. We’re also hearing the term ‘a new normal’ being bandied about a lot, but what is our new normal? The simple answer is no-one knows for sure, so, rather than trying to find certainty in uncertain times, let’s work on ways of becoming comfortable with where we are at.
LIVING WITH UNCERTAINTY
When things change, it’s natural for humans to experience an emotional reaction. Change involves a transition from one state/situation to another; from what we find comfortable and predictable, to the new and unknown. The actual change is an ‘external’ event, but transition is an ‘internal’ adjustment process, and you can help yourself make that adjustment.
It’s likely that COVID-19 and moving in and out of alert levels is here to stay for a while, so think about what you can do to plan, prepare and be ready.
Think of others
Even if we are coping really well, and in some cases even thriving, this is not the reality for everyone. As always, be kind, patient and thoughtful. Our blog, Creating Positive Workplace Relationships, offers some simple ideas that may helpful.
The EAPworks Resource Library is chock full of reading material with ideas and information to support you and your team. You may find The Nature of Change and Personal Reactions and How to Stop Worrying particularly relevant at this time.
GET IN TOUCH
As always, the EAPworks team are just a call away. To discuss how we can support you and your team through these uncertain times, get in touch on 0800 SELF HELP (0800 735 343) or firstname.lastname@example.org.