|Start||:||15 September 2020|
|End||:||17 September 2020|
|Time||:||14:00 - 16:00 WIB|
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Staying mentally strong in a crisis
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is now a massive challenge for millions of people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Whilst we do our best to stay at home to contain the spread of the virus, we are faced with a whole new challenge to our mental health.
Now more than ever, with many people’s futures uncertain and livelihoods at stake, mental resilience is put to the ultimate test. Everyone reacts differently to highly stressful situations. Your mental strength is stretched to its breaking point.
Whether you're dealing with self-isolation, whether you’re worried about how loved ones are coping, or if you're faced with financial difficulties and it feels like your world has been turned upside down, your mental strength is being tested to its breaking point.
Without adequate mental strength, challenges like COVID-19 will likely fill you with uncertainty and anxiety. Those uncomfortable feelings can lend way to negative thinking. And negative thinking will affect your behaviour--which can inadvertently turn your catastrophic predictions into a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Whilst many of us are spending our time exercising at home, an alarming number of people are neglecting our mental muscle. Whether or not you are working out, during this crisis your mind is one muscle you do need to strengthen. During these tough times, there will be moments when you're going to need all the mental strength
Managing negative thoughts
Times like these are extremely challenging and they push us to the very edge. In order for you to be the best version of yourself and cope during tough times, you will need to be in control of your mind.
Whether for the sake of your career, your family relationships or for your own wellbeing, it's time to grow and learn some techniques and coping mechanisms to get through tough times.
Practising optimistic thinking
Pessimism is increasing during these challenging times and understandably so. Our health and, for many, financial well-being, are under threat and it is difficult for many of us to escape our negative thoughts. For many people, there appears to be nothing to be optimistic about. If anything, optimism seems absurd in the face of a worldwide pandemic or a personal health or financial crisis. More to the point, why does it matter?
Optimism is a hopeful, positive outlook on the future, yourself, and the world around you. It is a key part of resilience, the inner strength that helps you get through tough times. By definition, optimism helps you see, feel, and think positively. But it has extra benefits you might not know about—optimism helps keep up your physical health too.
Contrary to popular belief, being an optimist is not something you are necessarily born with. Some people are, of course, but most of us are not. We can learn to be optimistic at any age, and with that, reap the benefits.
As leaders, we owe it to ourselves and our families to do whatever we can to remain strong and healthy. Developing and increasing our optimism is a prime way to do just that. What’s more, optimism is free, with no side effects, requiring no prescription, and can be done in the solitude of our mind.