COVID-19 will impact everyone sooner or later, in ways that are simply inconvenient for some and completely life-changing for many others. The novel coronavirus is unseen by the human eye and not physically perceived in 40 – 60% of individuals who are infected. How do you combat a threat you can’t see and may not feel?
Anxiety, Stress, & Burnout
COVID-19 has focused a bright light on a long-standing and growing danger – physician stress and burnout – in a way that makes it evident to all. The novel coronavirus is exposing many societal inequities and areas of vulnerability resulting from years of neglect and failures to effectively and proactively plan for the future.
Fear is contagious. One person’s actions quickly change the perception or outlook of another. The chain reaction of events impacts everyday people and even leaders. So, how do you control your mindset when fear grips a nation or even the world. These tips will help you calm your mind and stay mentally strong when uncertainty, anxiety, and fear fill your mind.
Stress is an inescapable fact in the lives of most people, whether they are poor or rich, old or young, well-educated or not, employed or unemployed, sick or healthy. Of course, there are degrees of security, frequency and duration, and a wide range of reactions/responses to stress.
When you think about it, we are pre-wired for stress. During the hunter phase of the evolutionary process, humans not infrequently found themselves in “run, kill, or be killed” scenarios, and life was a daily challenge of simply surviving.