How Trauma Impacts Times of Uncertainty

Hint, It’s Unpredictable

Practice Compassion

May is mental health month. And much of mental health isn’t shared nor talked about. What can you do? Given our current self-isolation required, it can be even more challenging.

For example, a woman working in a retail store was required to wear a mask due to the safety measures required due to this virus. For her, this was a trigger back to sexual abuse as a child. When it appears that individuals are having an unusual “emotional over-reaction” to something, a trigger has occurred. I am certain she is not alone. Others are experiencing a great deal of anxiety whether about their finances, their safety, or their family’s safety. We are in emotionally challenging times.

Are you responsible for her emotional wellness as a leader?
What can you do to support and encourage without getting triggered yourself?

  1. Check-in with the individual in a private area. It can be helpful to say “I notice (that you are having a difficult day – or similar phrase)” Is there something that I can do to make it easier for you today? If this is awkward for you, you can even say that you feel unsure how to help, but want to support the person.
  2. Take time to listen. If you only have 5 minutes, let the person know that. Offer to speak to them on their next break, or when you have more time.
  3. Ask what supports they have in their lives. If they share that they have a counselor or therapist, encourage them to reach out to that person for support. Reassure them it is a challenging time and remind them that they deserve support.
  4. Become aware of the support available in your area. Take the time to do a Google search in your local area of what counseling and crisis services are available, and share with the individual. Such as www.connexontario.ca that outlines a variety of service options for the person. You can share www.PsychologyToday.com link to a list of therapists and practitioners that can support and help if the individual is seeking a counselor to help.
  5. Remind them that these are challenging times and many are struggling. Remind them of their value as an employee and do your best to listen. By offering care and giving reassurance you will be helpful.
  6. Make sure that you are a role model and if you are struggling, that’s okay. Just please reach out to a qualified therapist, coach, or friend and get support for yourself.

Do your best, be authentic, and be caring. Your true desires will be experienced. Do your best.

If I can be of assistance, please reach out at 519.822.3776 during office hours. I can help to brainstorm solutions, or if needed, I am currently accepting clients for Executive Coaching or for therapy (I am also a Registered Social Worker).

We can discuss your needs and find the best solution for you.

Be well,
Sylvia

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