During this pandemic, everything about COVID-19 dominates the information intake of most people. Always keep abreast of developments and look for new information and following the direction of the government is certainly very good to do. However, what if these conditions make us unable to concentrate on working and worry too much about the current situation?
Based on a study from Ohio State University, someone who is faced with a new situation with a risk will always look for as much information as possible – and the more they search, the more the feeling of dissatisfaction arises or feels that the information obtained is never enough. In other words, ‘the more you know, the more you feel you need to know’.
Sharing focus with things other than work can be an option of a good distraction.
Knowing developments regarding the COVID-19 situation is still very much needed. However, set a wise time about how long we ‘drown’ in this activity. We must be able to set an alarm timer to limit the time for searching for information, which is 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night.
FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS
There is a motivational sentence, ‘whatever you focus on will expand’. Focus on something and it will develop. Use the time available to look for other focus, such as innovating or looking for programs that can be applied to help companies in this situation or programs for our personal development.
FOCUS ON THINGS WE UNDERSTAND
In most cases, anxiety comes from questions that we cannot answer. Hold ourselves to always think “what if ..”. Make sure we make plans for things that might happen later, then refocus on the present. Sharing stories with office friends or family is one way to feel better and not be over-thinking.
FOCUS ON THE FUTURE
At work, of course we face obstacles and difficulties that might burden us. However, avoid focusing on the difficulties that must be passed. Build motivation and enthusiasm by thinking about the benefits and positive effects in the future, as a result of what we do if we can complete it well.
Article by the Wellness team – Fullerton Health