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How to Stay Composed During the Covid-19 Virus Crisis

As this Covid-19 pandemic unfolds and as more and more restrictions are put in place, it can become very difficult to remain composed. I wasn't really concerned about this virus until March 11, 2020 came around and major events started getting canceled. Now that travel restrictions are in place and schools are moving online, I'm finding it really difficult to not have a panic attack.

So, how can I and everybody else stay composed? When you search "define composed" on Google, the following definition comes up:

However, during my long commute to work, I was listening to this podcast, titled "How to Lead in a Crisis" by Dose of Leadership with Richard Rierson. There, Richard clarifies that being composed does not mean you have to stay calm.

So, we can freak out all we want, but the key is to keep it under control and act reasonably.

He gave the following tips:

  1. Stay technically and tactically proficient.

  2. Keep it simple

  3. Delegate and empower.

  4. Do not lose your bearing.

What does that even mean? First, it means we have to identify our skills & sharpen them to be prepared for the worst-case scenario. In my case, that'll be planning. I love to plan, and I will be coming up with an emergency plan soon. No, I will not be buying all the toilet paper.

Second, we need to identify our priorities and keep it simple. As the world panics around me, my priority is keeping my sanity. The only way to do that is for me to keep a routine going, and sticking to my original schedule as much as possible while still taking preventative sanitary measures. Obviously, if I begin to get any symptoms, my priority will shift.

This will definitely be me on my way to Canada next week.

Third, for those that have people around them who are not composed at all, create opportunities for them to assist you. This will keep them from spiraling. So, basically, I will be empowering myself to keep myself from spiraling and also taking these gummies.

Finally, and what Richard said was the most important, we have to compartmentalize. Take one thing at a time. Don't focus on what might happen 2 months from now. Focus on the next 2-3 days. If that's too much, then focus on now.

Don't forget about your mental health during these times. We will make it.

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