by | Apr 1, 2020

I rise early and it dawns on me again. Because there are moments, like sleep, when I forget what is happening all around me.

As I write 3 billion people across the world have been told to STAY AT HOME.

And as I write, I have a new vocabulary; social distancing, furlough, pandemic, herd immunity, unprecedented, frontline, protective clothing, lockdown, COVID 19.

And I am glued to the news; and social media; and I am worried.

My fight or flight response is heightened but I can’t run away because I’ve got to STAY AT HOME.

I’m with my immediate family and we are all affected by this, but not infected. I have developed a routine and so have they. I don’t need to home school because mine are 24 and 22. They’ve been furloughed and have set up their gym in the garage. My husband is working from home, which is my usual domain and he’s trying to keep his business afloat.

We are frozen in our house and yet the sun shines outside and spring is doing it’s thing. Doesn’t it know we are in lockdown?

I need to find a coping strategy for the long haul.

I need to rise above it all.

My thoughts turn to the practical approaches I can take, and I develop a system to help me.

In order to rise I need to first work out my reality.

Reality will help me to focus on what is happening around me right now and I need to set my state of mind on the fact that it is happening. 

But what do I know about the situation today?

To help me with this state I need information. I need to find out the details about the situation I am facing. I need all the information, but not the myths, fake news or conspiracies.

Once I have all the information I can cope with right now, I need to make sense of it. I will use all my senses and I will work out how I feel.

Only then I will be able to harness the energy to deal with it all, at my pace, in my time.

So, to prevent the flight, because I must STAY AT HOME, I will use my RISE technique.

And I will rise again and I will be alright.

Vanessa is a very experienced HR Professional with a career spanning over 30 years. Prior to setting up Imago HR she worked for many years as a senior HR leader, providing a compassionate and pragmatic approach to people management. Click on her website to find out more about the Imago HR service www.imagohr.com