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.
Stress & Anxiety Resources for 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 on How to Deal with Stress & Anxiety with EQ.
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.
Uncertainty often leads to anxiety, and the pandemic has brought a lot of uncertainty. Here’s useful research about how we typically respond to the unknown, and strategies for using emotional intelligence to do better.
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.
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.
When fear rises, we tend to get into short-term thinking. Yet it’s times of great challenge when our essence becomes more clear.
Hope & Optimism Resources for COVID-19
Optimism is more essential than ever when we’re facing big challenges. Martin Seligman’s 3 Ps offer a simple framework to test your mindset.
SEL pioneer Anabel Jensen offers 6 practical tips to make the best out of this challenging situation. Hint: you can do them today!
At Six Seconds, we say, “Exercise Optimism.” It’s hard work, and can feel impossible. But the three bridges will help shift perspective.
Can adversity be a gift? Josh Freedman discusses how challenging times can be a catalyst for growth, with Anabel Jensen.
Feeling stuck? Joshua Freedman offers some self-coaching tips for using imagination and emotions to break through.
General Resources for Emotional Wellbeing and COVID-19
“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.”
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.
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?
Parenting Resources for Emotional Wellbeing and COVID-19
The pandemic has only increased our kids’ reliance on technology, which makes these 5 tips more important than ever:
As we spend countless hours together as a family, these collaborative parentings tips can be invaluable.