3 Techniques to Stay Focused and Productive in Times of Uncertainty

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3 Techniques to Stay Focused and Productive in Times of Uncertainty
I haven't slept well the last few nights. Many of my friends, colleagues, and coworkers report the same. We end each day with the news that the stock market is tumbling. The number of coronavirus cases is increasing. The reach of the virus is spreading. And it's creating a kind of preemptive hysteria.


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The Illusion Of Control

We need to let go of the obsessive tracking of news and unnecessary hoarding of stuff, as these only offer an illusion of control, taking away our peace. 

We cannot manage the co...


Aware Of The Now

Being in the now, and not letting your mind wander, will ensure we are living life to the fullest, in the present moment. If we keep our minds engrossed in imaginary future scenarios, we would not ...


Accept Reality

Instead of being at war with reality, accept the facts, as your resistance is only providing you with more worry, anxiety, and fear, instead of clarity.



Working remotely during a pandemic

While having to stay and, if possible, work from home, might be one significant challenge for employers, employees can actually see this situation as quite satisfactory. That is to say, when doing ...

Work on your emotions during the self-isolation period

Most of are currently facing the reality of working from home. While some sociable individuals might perceive this as unbearable, the introverts most certainly enjoy it. This can actually be the proper period to develop or improve distance-based relationships. Moreover, this is also the best moment to take control of your own emotions: observe them and learn how to better react to what is happing around you.

Look on the bright side while fighting a pandemic

Staying positive proves useful almost always. So how about looking at the good things that this pandemic has brought us? Next time you go online, you might want to consider booking your upcoming holiday, as everyone working in the field of tourism is currently making a lot of great offers. Furthermore, also the home loaning is bound to get more interesting, as demands will most certainly decrease in the near future. So, while still on the Internet, how about checking the online lending houses too?

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The Compassion Collapse

We all see suffering around us, whether it is the inhumane treatment of migrants or minority groups, or any depressing news of diseases, and it is easy to feel overwhelmed.

As the number o...

Just Sympathy is Useless

Tragic stories and imagery make us sympathetic and wanting to help.

But a recent study reveals that the feeling of sympathy is not proportional to the help given by the person. A desire to help, or to contribute is more valuable for any tangible or fruitful result.

Feelings of sympathy do not necessarily lead to any action to end the suffering - they may cause a feeling of helplessness.

First-hand Knowledge

When people have the first-hand experience of pain and suffering, the desire to help arises from deep within, as they know the intricate details, and are motivated to help others who are in peril. This is called the Altruism born of suffering.

People who haven't experienced similar hardships themselves will find it hard to relate to others suffering. However, the desire to help can be invoked by showing them the effectiveness of the method, as well as the larger picture.

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Quarantine and mental health

Limiting social contact is the best way to reduce the spread of the new virus. But this doesn't make the whole process easier.
Recent research found that quarantine is linked with post-trauma...

Fighting the confusion

It is crucial to have access to reliable, consistent information and updates so that people can understand what we know, what we don’t know and how we are trying to close this gap.
Public health and government services should provide detailed information about the symptoms of the new virus, its typical course, how many are being cared for at hospitals, and for how long.

Coping mechanisms

  • Create a sense of community and connection with others: talk often to your friends and your family members.
  • Create a sense of effectiveness: assign yourself work, exercise indoors or immerse yourself in creative activities.
  • Create a sense of purpose: offering to help others from a distance can help create a sense of purpose and community. Also, take care of your household; consider rearranging the furniture or cleaning the house.