Workshop: Management of emotions in moments of uncertainty

From confinement, the reality of working from home is much more like a race of psychological obstacles than a forced vacation: dealing with uncertainty, fear of the consequences of confinement, cut wages, attending to housework, self and family care ... and also work as if nothing had happened.

The current situation forces us to exercise the role of employee, father / mother, son, cook, school teacher and caregiver ... at the same time, which inevitably affects our mental balance and our performance as an employee.

The workshop included Management of emotions in times of uncertainty born with the aim of put mental order in this chaos, offer techniques to reduce anxiety and thus work with less psychological burden.

It is an online but interactive training that allows employees to share how they feel, work on their emotions and acquire psychological tools.

Workshop Features:

  • They count 2.5h online
  • Workshop adapted to the concerns of the participants through a previous questionnaire.
  • Psychological strategies are taught to detect irrational thoughts and adapt them to reality.
  • During the workshop all the participants apply the learned strategies adjusting their own concerns. This decreases anxiety and increases the feeling of control.

More than the 80 employees who have done it highlight that it has helped them to get to know each other better, stop the chain of negative thoughts and act more closely to reality ... all of which reinforces their resilience and equips them to deal with situations of high uncertainty.

Common concerns about Coronavirus

The Covid-19 has turned our world upside down without previous warning.

The current uncertainty to which we are subjected to plus the forced lockdown can generate significant psychological instability that can interfere with our wellbeing. Specifically, the state of confinement places us in an uncomfortable position of little control. This threat activates primitive fears and a strong sense of submission to external circumstances that can arise important anxiety. It places us in a regressive place from which we may feel that we cannot make use of our adult resources, like deciding and acting accordingly.

Some of the most common concerns at the moment are:

  • Am I infected?
  • What happens if I got it, what happens to me and my family?
  • Will my family members be safe?
  • What will happen to my work situation?
  • I have a relative infected with the coronavirus. I can't see him and suffer because of that.
  • I juggle my job responsibilities and caring for my family. I am more stressed than ever and I'm going crazy.
  • I have a hard time focusing on my work tasks.
  • I feel stressed and anxious and am not sure how to handle it.

Feelings of confusion, stress, loss and anxiety are absolutely normal given the current circumstances. However, if these affects our wellbeing or erodes our relationships, they must be addressed.

How does psychological support help during confinement?

We all go through difficulties in life that can be handled with our own resources. However, when these difficulties pile up, we can feel overwhelmed and anxious.

Psychological support during lockdown can help to:

  • understand how we feel,
  • understand why we feel that way,
  • implement mechanisms so that these emotions do not become overwhelming or have side effects on our personal relationships.

Also, received in early stages can prevent the development of serious mental health problems.

What's more, psychological support is strongly recommended for those who have experienced mental difficulties in the past, as the current situation can only add more stress and increase existing mental instability.