Management of emotional intelligence in times of Coronavirus
Tony Schwartz and Emily Pines are the owner and CEO of “The Energy Project” respectively. This is an international consulting firm dedicated to business development through the proper management of human talent and skills. And both maintain that:
Negative attitudes such as tiredness, fear, and stress that are transferred to the environment are as or more contagious than COVID-19.
Tony Schwartz and Emily Pines
In addition, they ensure that human beings have 2 ways of facing the situations that arise: the infantile and the adult.
- Our childish side is associated with vulnerability and fear; while on the other hand,
- the adult implies serenity and reasoning, to keep our childish side under control.
In this sense, what our adult profile uses to control our child side is emotional intelligence.
Survival in times of quarantine
We are living in a very unusual and somewhat chaotic situation, due to the new Coronavirus. For these times of social isolation, it is important to have the ability to cope with the uncertainty of tomorrow.
The news, and in general, the vast majority of the media, share information that generates fear and stress in the population. The worst thing is that in many cases it is fake or sensational news.
We must be able to not lose control and properly manage our emotions. This environment of negativity affects us all to a greater or lesser extent. So we talk about living a time of survival.
For the most part, human beings tend to act reactively, living day by day, without carrying out an analysis of pros and cons when making decisions. Adequate survival in these times involves taking time for reflection and developing an optimistic point of view in each situation.
Hoping for a better situation for our future is what is known as hope, and it is what a human being should never lose.
What alternatives do we have?
An important first step to take into account on this survival path is: recognize our emotions. We must be able to name them and be aware of them.
Since keeping them hidden and unrecognizable can lead us to act negatively and in the worst case have a nervous breakdown. In short, we must allow our adult side to take control, and not fall into irrationalities.
In addition, we must focus on what we can manage. For example:
- Avoid falling into compulsive purchases due to panic. On the contrary: stock up in a measured way.
- Focusing on things we can do at home is the key.
- Take breaks and avoid watching TV and social networks at all times (they usually show us negative news repeatedly).
- Hearing daily and repeatedly talking about Coronaviruses and hospital collapses is undeniably detrimental to our mental health.
- Try to carry out those activities that you left pending; like reading a book, learning a new language, starting to blog about positive stories and anecdotes.
- Organize your ideas, set goals, schedule times, get organized.
Nowadays it is easy to find guides on the internet about all kinds of activities.
- Look for the bright side of this situation.
- Connect with yourself and your family.
Do you want to support those who matter to you?
Take an interest in the mood of your family, your loved ones, even your team. We can join that great group of people who fight day by day to get ahead, and without leaving home.
Spend some time before each meeting, lunch or dinner to ask how everyone feels, about what is happening. What do you have in mind, what challenges or goals have you set?
Try to recognize their fears and feelings. The moments of crisis are a great opportunity to create bonds of trust.
Although we find ourselves in a difficult situation and uncertainty, let us remain correct and bear in mind that:
Throughout its history, the world has gone through many equal or worse situations. And all of them have left us lessons.
This will not be the exception. Unexpected situations, which no expert has been able to predict, are opportunities to:
- Demonstrate our ingenuity,
- Learn from them as much as we can, and
- Be part of the positive change.
Remember that according to many experts: intelligence is the ability to adapt over time and survive. This implies anticipating crises, otherwise learning from them.
Immanuel Kant said well:
The intelligence of an individual is measured by the amount of uncertainties that he is able to bear.
Given the international situation, and the great changes in the economy, in addition to the new types of work that are emerging, we live in a time of great uncertainty.
The future is uncertain and unpredictable. But if we can’t be very objective, isn’t it better to keep our minds positive?
We can affirm that today new levels of uncertainty are being reached worldwide.
What are we doing accordingly? Are we humans smart enough?