Strategies for staying calm and focused – Covid-19

Screenshot-coping strategies documentStress and anxiety affect us all at some point in our professional lives – especially ‘in a time of Coronavirus’.  Whether we’re small business owners trying to stop our business going under, sole traders with no work coming in, large corporations needing to furlough our entire staff base, before we even mention the challenges of working from home, caring for elderly parents, juggling home-schooling the kids.

A team of UK psychologists (at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust) has developed a series of techniques to help us stay calm and focused as we navigate our way through our current situation:

Covid-19 Coping Strategies

I’ve been immensely privileged to work with an international team of professional translators to provide these techniques in a variety of languages.  Each translator has donated their time and skill, free of charge, to produce versions in 14 languages (so far!).  Website development has been kindly donated by Thomas Preece.

The resource is useful for everyone – and you are free to use it yourself and to distribute it to any individual or group who you feel would benefit from it.  It’s also been designed to be inclusive of people with visual challenges, as well as those with neurological conditions, such as people living with dementia and their carers, families and friends.

So far, it’s being used by staff and patients within the NHS and other countries’ health services, by carers and residents in residential care settings, by refugee groups, by company employees, and by numerous individuals.

I hope you find it helpful too.

(Based on FACE COVID-19 (Dr Russ Harris, 2020), adapted by Sophie Trees, Molly Laybourn and Dr Sally Stapleton, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.)

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