We are in very unfamiliar times with the economic fabric of our society transforming before our eyes. Some things that we cherished and were familiar with are undergoing profound change and loss. The coronavirus COVID-19 is impacting people in varying ways that we could not have imagined just months ago. Sadly, this is resulting in some people feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed. We need to recognise that this is a natural and very understandable response to what is quickly evolving before us.
As a business leader dealing with this set of circumstances you are not immune to feeling the pressure, so do not forget that you need to take care of your health and look out for the symptoms and act. I liken it to the safety warning you receive about oxygen masks when flying, “fit it first before you assist others”. Mental health management is much the same – you need to ensure you take care of yourself as others are relying on your leadership in these trying times.
Just remember that you’re not alone and do not be slow in asking for help – your mental health and wellbeing is very important – not just for you but for those close to you.
If you need to reach out, here are some support organisations that can help:
Beyond Blue: 1300 224 636
LifeLine: 13 11 14 / 0477 13 11 14 or evening crisis chat