Finding Hope during the Pandemic

There is a lot of uncertainty these days, whether in our work environment, financial affairs or in our changing and unsteady political climate. The strategies that most of us rely on to contend with such uncertainty tend to be self-defeating. When we face an uncertain future we often resort to feeling anxious, worrying, complaining, or being negative about events that may never occur.

But some employees rise to meet these uncertain times with hope and resilience. We need to develop such attitudes if we want to be successful in the face of COVID’s ups and downs.

What does having hope mean? Think of how you handle difficult situations. Do you offer platitudes like, “I hope everything will work out”? Unfortunately, this is just a way of disengaging or checking out of a difficult situation. True hope comes from a source much deeper – your core. At your core, there are vital qualities that help to determine how much hope you yourself feel, as well as what you can offer to co-workers. Hope is an essential component in facing any type of uncertainty: from layoffs, to sickness, to working from home, and to the current state of the world.

Hope’s Primary Qualities
  • Strength – You draw from inner strength to tap into your personal powers.
  • Resilience – You bounce back when faced with setbacks and obstacles.
  • Optimism – You stay positive despite the challenges ahead of you.

The above qualities are the antithesis of pessimism, complaining, and worry. Rather than be self-defeatist, you can be strong, resilient, and optimistic, and in this way improve your self-esteem.

Hope is essential for handling a crisis but it can also serve as your core value on a daily basis. Uncertainty can arrive at any time, whether it appears in a personal issue, a business issue, a national event, or a global event. The situation doesn’t even necessarily need to be negative. It could be the uncertainty and excitement of getting a promotion.

Now, let’s take a closer look at the qualities that were mentioned above.


Most of us are all too willing to give away our power. Yet, what could be a more hopeless situation than being without power? This can happen in both business and personal relationships. You can find yourself going along with something you disagree with simply because you don’t have the strength or power to speak up.

Retaining power means that you can stand up for yourself, that you can overcome resistance, that you can turn a catastrophe into an opportunity. True strength is in the core of your being. It’s a quiet calm that isn’t disturbed by events or the turmoil of emotions.

Inner strength established self-power that will anchor, uplift, and encourage you.


Here’s an outside-of-work example:  We often see the elderly celebrated in the media for reaching 100. They are always happy to share the secret to their long life. They all have different secrets, from a cigarette and a glass of whiskey every day, to 3 glasses of red wine a week.

The truth is that they didn’t win the gene pool lottery, nor were they immune to the woes of life. They were resilient. They faced hard times and bounced back, shook defeat off at every turn. Being resilient is the true secret to avoiding victimhood.

It isn’t about positive thinking. When we’re faced with sadness, it’s healthy to deal with sadness; when we lose a loved one, grief is natural.

Resilience and overcoming adversity comes from a strong sense of self.


Society has taught us that life is difficult, that some struggle is the norm. Society wants us to believe that the safest place for us is behind a wall. In this environment, optimism seems foolish and unrealistic. Yet, when we meet people who are truly optimistic, we are jealous of their cheerfulness. Attitudes of pessimism, skepticism, and cynicism come from fear and distrust. Life can take care of itself, that’s the attitude of optimism.

Finding hope in uncertain times is easier than you think, it’s within you.

Reduce COVID Emotional Load – Manage Your Expectations and Live In Today

If one thing is true of COVID-19, it’s that our resilience has been truly put to the test. If your mind has been consumed by news about COVID, conversations on COVID, and consumption of COVID statistics, then you’re not alone.

With our minds so consumed by what’s going on, it’s no wonder so many people are struggling under the weight of their emotional and cognitive load. It’s certainly one of the most challenging events that we will experience because it has impacted the entire world.

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How do you deal with it?

How do you reduce that cognitive and emotional load of COVID?

Manage Expectations



First of all, I want to touch on the idea that this is your opportunity to write a best-seller or compose the next 1812 Overture. There have been a lot of hot takes on social media about how you can best use this downtime. If you haven’t ‘accomplished’ anything, that’s fine. Ultimately, we’re all just trying to get by and even though you may have more time on your hands than normal, your brain isn’t necessarily firing on all cylinders in a way that facilitates creativity.

You shouldn’t feel bad about that. However, if you went into this thinking you could be super productive and feel disappointed… don’t. This is where expectation management comes into play. There’s a lot going on, and this type of stress is distracting, it results in low motivation and disrupts concentration.

The pandemic has brought a series of cognitive and emotional load and that will impact on productivity. So, go easy on yourself as you find a new rhythm and routine in your life. Set realistic goals and manage expectations.

Manage Stress

The foundation of good mental health has to lie in stress management. That means you need to prioritize sleep, eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water. If you’re normally a good sleeper, don’t give in to the impulse to disrupt your routine. If you have always struggled with a sleep routine, now is your time to change that.

Maintain a routine around when you go to bed and when you get up, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and screens in an hour or two before bed. When under extreme stress, it’s easy to manage it with food and alcohol. It’s an understandable impulse, but it isn’t one you want to give in to. It will be damaging over the long-term. Exercise will help you reduce stress while boosting your emotions and providing you with sleep routine help.

Rely on Routine

A routine will help you manage your stress and anxiety levels, which is key to adapting to the new reality we are faced with. You should have clear boundaries between working hours and non-working hours. This is something you can do in your headspace as well as the physical workspace you use. Embrace things that provide you with joy.

Maintain Connections

Even the introverts need social connections, and it’s a particularly challenging time for extroverts. Create a virtual forum for your friends and family, have video chats over coffee, join a book club, do whatever it takes to maintain your social connections. It’s important that you don’t feel alone so be proactive. Even if you live with a spouse and children, it’s important to reach out beyond your closest ties to connect with others outside your immediate circle.

Stay Present

The best thing you can do to manage your load is to focus on things as they come by taking every day as it comes. It’s a stressful time for everyone and it’s going to put your mental health to the test. Take a proactive approach to protect your mental health and be kind to yourself and others.

Right now, there isn’t a whole lot for you to control. What you can control is how you speak to yourself, how you speak to others, and how you proceed through the rest of this pandemic.

Staying Centered and Calm amid Coronavirus: Positive at-home Actions to Begin Today


This article is a bit different from the topics we choose to write about.  But since a long weekend is approaching for some and there could be more time spent in homes, we thought it was appropriate at this time to address the subject of anxiety, unease and maybe occasional panic in these uncertain and chaotic times.  We provide just a few reflections on taking care of yourself to have a good work-life balance to stay centered.

Reaction to Coronavirus

As COVID-19 continues to make its way into cities, suburbs and rural areas across the nation, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to remain calm and not panic.

Authorities have told us to say in our homes in order to prevent spread, but that does not mean that we should go crazy inside and solely focus our attention on what is happening with the world outside. Try to limit how much news you watch, especially some of the over-hyped reporting that only propagates fear and anxiety. First and foremost, get updates and facts from reliable sources, and then focus your attention elsewhere.

You can avoid contact with other people and wash your hands more carefully, but your ability to remain calm comes from within. That means you’ll have to take the necessary steps in reducing your stress and anxiety and promoting calmness while the virus runs its course.

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We’re going to go over three of the best ways that you can stay calm and centered in times of COVID-19 stress!

Mindfulness & Meditation

So, you’re anxious and stressed as a result of the rapid spread of Coronavirus. If you’ve never attempted meditation or any mindfulness techniques in the past, this is the perfect time to try them out and get some practice under your belt.

According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation can play a huge role in helping you to maintain your mental and emotional health, even benefiting aspects of your physical health. Here’s what meditation can do for you.

  • Greater outlook on life (positivity)
  • Increased feelings of calmness
  • Greater self-awareness
  • Reduced levels of anxiety and stress.
  • Improved focus

The best part is: There are plenty of different types of meditation.

If you’re able to focus for long periods of time, you might want to try out guided meditations or visualization techniques. When you’re looking to stay more active while you’re quarantined, you can give yoga or Pilates a go!

Draw on a Creative Outlet

You might be stuck in the house for the next few weeks, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to going stir crazy. In fact, that’ll probably only increase your feelings of panic during such trying times!

This is a great time to try out some new (or old) creative hobbies. When you’re focused on building or creating something new, you’re reducing the amount of focus on the negativity surrounding you. That means creativity is a solid way of helping you to relax.

A creative outlet can be almost anything. Here are a few things you might want to try out.

  • Painting, coloring, or drawing
  • Singing or playing musical instruments
  • Taking photos or videos of things you enjoy
  • Building something with things lying around the house
  • Writing
  • Puzzles
  • Reading something and then writing an essay about it (yes, remember English 101 class?). This is a great way to take your mind off the world’s troubles.

Basically, the goal here is to find an activity or task that requires focus and makes you happy. You won’t even notice that you spent the last hour drawing your favorite cartoon character.

Giving Back & Helping Others

It’s completely natural to be fearful of the unknown, but giving back to others can help you to tackle this fear. When you’re giving back to the community or helping those in need, you’ll be working to spread compassion and happiness rather than fear and anxiety.  It will certainly ‘give back’ to you in multiple, subtle ways.

With so many people sick or self-quarantined, many people aren’t able or fear to  to leave the home. However, these individuals do still have needs that they now can’t meet on their own.

As long as you’re keeping your distance and not exposing anyone to the virus, you can deliver food and groceries or do things like their yard work. It’ll make you feel good about yourself while also helping those who need it! So, call your neighbors, post something on your Facebook to let those in need know you are available and how to get in contact.

Final Thoughts

You can’t do anything yourself when it comes to curing or eliminating COVID-19, but there are things you can do that can reduce your unease and invoke an overwhelming sense of calmness.

By taking advantage of mindfulness, looking for a creative outlet, or giving back to those who need it, you’ll be able to stay calm and centered, even now!

To help you stay calm and centered at work, Flexicrew can assist you with workforce planning and recruiting the quality talent that you need during recession.  Contact one of our workforce professionals Today!

And, by the way, have a happy, calm Labor Day.