Self-Coaching Through A Crisis




I’ve been thinking about the best way for us all to remain healthy, happy and productive during the COVID-19 crisis. Unfortunately, it’s a situation that could be with us for a while so adaptation is the only path forward.


Many of us are feeling stressed, anxious and panicked. It’s easy to allow those feelings to consume us.


Amongst the many tools I’ve been exposed to in my life and career, coaching has had a profound impact on me. At times like this, its emphasis on structured questions is a huge help.

Here are a few questions you might find useful in these challenging times.


The Critical


  1. Do I have symptoms and have I followed the instructions of the authorities?

  2. Do I have a basic understanding of the threat to me and my family?

  3. Have I taken the precautions advised by authority sources?

  4. How have I fulfilled my civic duty to keep others safe?

  5. What adjustments do I need to make to my usual systems and routines in order to adapt to the new reality? (Food, childcare, medication etc)


The Essential...


  1. How am I feeling right now? Naming feelings and physical sensations (out loud) can diminish their power.

  2. If I continuously review news/social media posts about COVID-19, how will it affect me?

  3. How can I limit any negative impacts from being exposed to too much information?

  4. If I feel lonely/sad/isolated, do I have a plan of action for those moments/days?

  5. How are my friends, family and community feeling?

  6. What kind of support can I offer?

  7. What are my limits on the support I can offer?


Work...


  1. How is my work situation? Can and should I continue to work?

  2. What support do I need from my employer, team and colleagues?

  3. Have I clearly asked for what I need?

  4. Have I reached out to my manager, team and colleagues to see how I can support them?

  5. How will I need to adapt my behavior, environment and approach to work in order to survive (and thrive) in this new situation?

The goal of the questions is to have a structured checklist that you can work through. Then, when you’re done, you can permit yourself to rest in the knowledge that the important stuff is taken-care of.


I find this set of questions helps me focus when my brain tries to take me down a path of catastrophizing.


I want you to know you’re not alone. We’re in this together.

 

Silicon Valley, CA, USA

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