The emotional drain and weight of these times are significant. I am not even sure we know how this pandemic is really impacting our mental state. There is uncertainty, disruption, and financial pressure. We do not have our normal social outlets available to us. This is all on top of life’s routine challenges. People are still losing loved ones and marriages are in turmoil. Kids are dealing with chemical dependency and new cancer diagnoses are made daily. Mental illness, poverty and hunger continue to plague people. Our friends, families and associates all have their normal baggage. Now they have a pandemic on top of it! People are crumbling under the weight of it all.
1. Be kind to yourself. Don’t ignore the signs of stress. As leaders we want to be strong, but it is okay to not be okay (MMM 3.30.2020). Give yourself a break; this is uncharted territory.
2. Be there for others. People are hurting due to the crisis but still challenged by life’s normal heartaches. You might not be able to hug them, but you can still be there for them.