Use Your Emotional Intelligence During the Pandemic

What we’re experiencing now is unprecedented in the last 100 years. If you’re uncertain about what’s going to happen tomorrow, you’re not alone – we are too!

Sure, there was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed somewhere between 17 to 50 Million people worldwide. There was no internet or television then. The first commercial radio broadcast was still two years away (1920). Economies were not intertwined and intercontinental travel was mostly by sea.

Now, with just a mouse-click, you can find out what’s happening anywhere in the world, including your neighborhood. Businesses a few blocks or continents away are closing their doors. Your favorite café or hangout may even be one of them. Depressing and saddening, especially when you feel helpless with what is going on around you.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to prepare for what we’re experiencing now. Everything was turned upside-down in the blink of an eye. We didn’t have any choice. The pandemic imposed its will on us.

Name that Emotion

How many times have you woken up in the morning fully refreshed only to be reminded that all isn’t well with the world? How does this make you feel before you rise out of bed? Your day hasn’t begun but you can already sense that heaviness in the air. Sadness, anger, and fear are among the emotions we experience today. You might be feeling one of these if not all.

We also feel lost because of uncertainty. Are you one of those whose routine has been severely altered because of the pandemic? Or, maybe, even if you are working from home, you don’t feel secure. Everything seems off but you can’t quite put your finger on what’s causing it.

Whatever you’re feeling, you must discover its source. Identifying the emotions you experience is the first step in coping with everything around you. Is it a fear of totally losing the job that’s causing you to be anxious? Or, is it sadness because COVID-19 has taken the life of someone you know? Keep in mind that emotions may exist in our subconscious. Our feelings confirm their presence.

Only you can tell what emotions you are going through. Believe me – it doesn’t take much effort to identify what those are. When you do, it’s already a small victory.

Acceptance is the next step but it doesn’t end there.

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