As the world finally begins to wrestle with the true impact coronavirus will have, millions are grappling to cope with a trauma without any of the mental tools necessary. Entrepreneurial guide, Cassandra Shuck, has created a mental-health toolbox to help you through these tumultuous times.
Cassandra’s Tips for Recognizing Trauma:
Check in with emotions:
Whether or not the coronavirus has directly impacted you, it’s normal to feel anxious, scared, and uncertain about what the future may hold. Notice what you are experiencing and try to label how you are feeling. Are you anxious, irritable, overwhelmed, numb, hopeless? Are your emotions staying relatively stable, or are there swift mood swings?
Check in with your routine:
Reactions to traumatic stress often come and go in waves. Notice what patterns in your day-to-day life are shifting? Identify when you are having trouble concentrating or find yourself distracted. Pay attention to when you are avoiding things that you typically enjoy doing; taking a walk, playing with your children, reading, exercising, etc.
Check in with your relationships:
Often, intimate partners, spouses, and family members witness the most intense effects of an individual’s trauma. Sit down with your loved ones and ask them if they notice any differences in your behavior. Give them the opportunity to point out symptoms that you may not even be aware of.
Cassandra’s Tips for Coping with Coronavirus Trauma:
Acknowledge what is going on:
Putting your head in the sand as the world is in chaos will not get you anywhere. Devise a plan.
It’s important during these times to determine your non-negotiables: what you personally need to thrive. Cassandra can share how to ensure you are fulfilled while also keeping your business moving.
What worked yesterday, may not work today — and you need to be okay with that. During the coronavirus, done is better than perfect.
Ask for help:
We are all in this together. Every leader is going through his/her own unique set of challenges. Now is the time to lean in, not out.
While witnesses of a traumatic event can regain a sense of control by watching media coverage of the event, others may find that the reminders are further traumatizing. Excessive exposure to a disturbing event—such as repeatedly viewing video clips on social media—can even create traumatic stress in people not directly affected by the event.
There are multiple types of trauma and your past trauma affects your current self.
Meet Cassandra Shuck:
Cassandra Shuck: is an entrepreneurial guide, host of the podcast, Stacked Against, and author of the upcoming book, The Love You Wish You Had. She’s successfully built and grown eight multi-million dollar businesses of her own and has helped hundreds of female entrepreneurs around the globe build up theirs. She has appeared in Thrive Global and Her Magazine for her expertise.