21 Resources for Emotional Health During Coronavirus Times

As feelings escalate, it’s time for more Emotional Intelligence

As the virus continues, millions of people are in a health and.or economic crisis… and billions are grappling with emotional and mental challenges from uncertainty and isolation.  Just in the US, 60% of people are experiencing daily stress and worry (Gallup). Loneliness is increasing. Wellbeing is declining – especially for people in marginalized communities.

We’ve collected recommended articles and resources for the emotional side of wellbeing — Coronavirus stress, anxiety reduction, ways to use emotions intelligently. We’ll keep updating this list, and please add your suggestions in the comment. 

What is the role of emotions in change? How are you feeling in the middle of change? Big feelings are everywhere. Why? What do emotions like fear do, and is there a better way to understand and handle feelings in the midst of change?

At Six Seconds, we say, “Exercise Optimism.” It’s hard work, and can feel impossible. But the three bridges will help shift perspective.

Anxiety is a feeling of generalized threat. It can cause us to shut down. One key antidote is reconnecting with our own sense of purpose.

Understanding stress provides insight on how to “bust it” — here’s some background on stress and emotional wellbeing in the pandemic, plus a “baker’s dozen” (13) tips for how to feel better in these challenging times.

13 Tips to Reduce Stress & Anxiety During Covid-19

What are stress & anxiety, and how does emotional intelligence help? One of our “Key Topics” pages, you’ll find a brief, practical introduction plus curated resources and tools.

How to Deal with Anxiety & Stress: Top EQ resources

In times like these, we need to strengthen our connections and our emotional skills… so join us live-online for low-cost classes to support you to grow and practice of EQ: Grow-U Online

Grow U Online: Emotional Intelligence Mini Classes

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 from the CDC

“Coping with these feelings and getting help when you need it will help you, your family, and your community recover from a disaster. Connect with family, friends, and others in your community. Take care of yourself and each other, and know when and how to seek help.”

Coronavirus: How Emotional Contagion Exacts a Toll from Wharton

Sigal Barsade is one of the pioneering authorities on “emotional contagion” — the way emotions are automatically and almost instantaneously transmitted between people. In this podcast & article, Barsade says, “I would argue that emotional contagion, unless we get a hold of it, is going to greatly amplify the damage caused by COVID-19.”

Uncertainty often leads to anxiety. Here’s useful research about how we typically respond to the unknown, and strategies for using emotional intelligence to do better

Practicing Emotional Intelligence During Covid-19

Part of emotional intelligence is tuning into the full range of our feelings, even when it’s hard. In this week’s EQ for COVID19 video is about finding new perspectives.

When fear rises, we tend to get into short-term thinking. Yet it’s times of great challenge when our essence becomes more clear. Like a cup of tea.

Racism and a lack of social justice are amplifying the negative effects of the pandemic in marginalized communities; we need to understand this intersectionality.

For managers, the multiple challenges of working remotely, supporting teams, and fostering equity are making it increasingly important to practice EQ.

One reason the emotional reactions to Covid-19 are so strong is that STRESS is already so high. Here’s a quick insight into the neuroscience of stress and why we become so volatile.

The way we think about mental health needs to change. Engage with this a global, intergenerational dialogue about seeing mental health in a POSITIVE way.

Sometimes we treat feelings like anxiety as something negative or something to push away. Yet from an emotional intelligence perspective, every feeling is a message about something important. One of the keys to getting that insight is to accurately name the feeling.

Getting Unstuck: The Power of Naming Emotions

Optimism is more essential than ever when we’re facing big challenges. Martin Seligman’s 3 Ps offer a simple, powerful test of your explanatory style.

3 Habits to Maintain Hope in the Face of Adversity

If you’re a parent or teacher, you may also be grappling with the added challenge of supporting children in navigating their emotions. The key insight in this article: Respect that their feelings are real, and while it mightn’t be appropriate to share ALL your adult perceptions, they will be re-assured by you being real.

Talking with Kids About Tragic News

A Healthy Mindset In A (Health) Crisis from GSCFit

Offering practical insights on how to use the skills of emotional intelligence in the Covid-19 crisis, Steve Goodner reminds us to pay attention to which parts of this situation are under our own control.

“I admit, I have struggled with some of these emotions. So how do we find truth, perspective, and a healthy mindset in the midst of a global health concern. Whether it’s Coronavirus, SARS, Ebola, or something more personal, the fear of the unknown is a strong emotional trigger, and getting information from reliable sources in order to adapt to the proverbial curveball is essential to success.”

CALM from UBalancer

Drawing on expertise about the process of change, Ali shares four steps: C-A-L-M.

“A – accept we’re in the midst of a large rolling change wave, and no-one knows when/how the wave is going to break. Listen to the emotions and feelings that are coming up for you. Name them and be curious about what message they’re trying to give you. Ask your people how they’re feeling and listen to them with empathy, not judgement.”

One beautiful conclusion, “At some point this week, my husband and I have the joy of welcoming a granddaughter into the world. And as I hold her, I will share my own inner CALM with her….

How to Manage Your Fear During the Coronavirus from Elemental

When we start feeling fear, it’s all to easy to over-generalize and over-react.

Tip: “So what can we do to cope with these uncomfortable feelings, and avoid passing them to others? Schwarz reports fear is often attenuated when people are fully aware of why they’re feeling it.”

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