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My Tips to deal with stress, anxiety and other challenges during the Covid-19 Lockdown

This article is part of the series #SupportEachOther, a campaign through which PRCAI aims to bring PR professionals from diverse verticals and different levels of experience onto a common platform for discussion. By spreading awareness and the use of storytelling, we aim to destigmatize mental health issues within the PR industry and start a dialogue to help and #SupportEachOther, in the midst of various professional challenges we are confronting because of the COVID19 pandemic crisis.

Anxiety occurs when one encounters a certain event/situation, which seems too overwhelming – in terms of one’s own perception of their ability to overcome the same. This self-doubt manifests in the form of anxiety. Therefore, in order to navigate through such challenging situation, one has to look inwards. 

  • Accept the situation 
  • You are not the only one but everyone else who is passing through the same
  • Stop resisting and start being in the moment – alleviates fear
  • Your action towards internalising the situation will lead to acceptance

It will calm you down and bring peace

  • Start getting objective 

Bring in the “Third Person” perspective to the situation that you are in (In Gita it’s called Drashta Bhav – away from Karta Bhav). 

Separating yourself and your personal stakes from the chaos can lead to better clarity. You start to strategise and deliver without ever becoming a “subject”. Quickens the process of accepting the situation and therefore helps you to focus on the next priorities. And always remember two things – every situation demands one to take some action and sometimes taking no action, is also an action.

Build confidence to deal with the situation 

  • Engage and Educate yourself 

In the fast-evolving world, normally we would be too busy to stop and smell the roses or pursue our passion or simply read the book we longed to. Every situation has a bright side – the one which we cant control and hence gives us much needed downtime or a perspective to view it with optimism. Use this time or situation to work upon yourself. 

  • Analyse yourself and see what are the things that you would like to add to your professional or personal capabilities
  • Rebuild broken bridges or engage with people that you will gain from 
  • Start reading more – time is equally cruel to all living beings. Read biographies of the ones you admire or speak to them to know all have gone through the grind and overcame anxieties to achieve what they did.

It will build perspectives for you

  • Start Visualising

Start visualising the future when all this is over and normalcy returns. “Nothing lasts forever” or “This too shall pass” are powerful mantras but going beyond that is important. For example, visualise what would be the world order post Covid19 scenario and what you be doing therein.

This would lead to hope, positivity and perspectives 

Some Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Avoid watching, reading or listening to news that makes you feel anxious
  • Don’t keep seeking information constantly on the situation or event beyond your control; take updates only at specific times
  • At times- switch off, limit what you listen, watch or read
  • Top of it – SLEEP WELL!!!

 

Harsh Wardhan
Founder & Managing Partner, Fortuna PR