The coronavirus pandemic has been a massive challenge in many different ways. Personal health, and the capacity of our health care systems, have been given a run of their money. The economy is facing a test it has never handled before. The psychological health of every human being has also come to a test that it rarely does in history.
To comprehend what we are all undergoing and how we can come out from it as better people, Dr. Agne Matulaitė joined Becky Liggero Fontana of CalvinAyre.com on the latest episode of The Long Con.
Probably the scariest part of this disease, psychologically, is not knowing what will come next.
“Most of the population like to feel the feeling in control, sure what’s going to be next, yeah I am making decision about my finances, I’m making sure my holidays,” Matulaitė said. “So this is, basically it taps into these fears.”
However, as with anything in the news that gets people anxious, Matulaitė issued some simple advice. “Actually you need to learn how to switch it off, and that silence is deadening as well because something might be happening,” she said. “It’s really very important to minimize the effect, and the effect in our consciousness be minimized by actually doing, how to say, distancing ourselves from the news.”
Easier said than done, so went on to share how we can stay on top of what’s important to know, while reducing psychological effects.
“It’s much better to read it in written format, calm format, and it is possible as in a small possible spaces as your eyes can be able to read so it’s not overpowering physically,” she said, adding that we should only worry about things that we do something about.
“Always have everyday something I can control and remember that there are some things I can’t control, and really pay attention to something but I can control.”
Liggero Fontana asked how leaders of online gambling providers can adapt to the psychological needs of their employees. Dr. Matulaitė response was: “We see on the news different examples, there are leaders who seems to be aiming to calm people down but basically, they being as vague as possible, and that doesn’t calm.
“What happens then, you stop trusting them and you lose the authority…Others go to the extreme and say, business really don’t know how to deal with it, we don’t have any anything ready, you know, panic is rising.”
The easiest advice is to be real with the people around you, and not trying to either heighten anxieties, or sugarcoat the situation. “You have really to connect, first of all I think as a leader to speak with people as heart to heart.”
On the positive end, Matulaitė said that many individuals are using this period to reconnect with what matters.
“People are learning, you know, definitely they can now choose what people they want to communicate with and perhaps people they could say actually goodbye to,” she said. “Some people, you know are saying that actually they’ve been so busy being human doers they forgot that they are human beings, you know the word which should apply to us.”
Before we take too many lessons from this pandemic, however, Matulaitė warned that it may take some time before people fully understand how these months have affected everyone.
“Probably we still don’t understand it,” she said. “It takes some time they need to reflect, so after this is going to finish, probably to take us a year or so to understand what was actually was going on.”
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