COVID Brain – Coffee and Coaching
COVID Brain is very real & many are suffering
COVID19 is a beast of a virus. It's not just the experience of the disease itself, but the impact it has had on those who are recovering from it. It's also about the impact on those that haven't had it which sounds crazy. This is because the social measures and economic steps taken to contain the pandemic, have also had far reaching psychological and social consequences. This is becoming known loosely as COVID Brain. It's a very real thing and many are suffering from it. We are in what has been called a collective trauma.
Psychologsits from the American Psychological Association reveal that in addition to any physical effects the virus has on our bodies, research is showing that individuals who contracted the disease are struggling with residual mental health issues including anxiety, trauma associated with their treatment or near death experiences and even cognitive changes with attention difficulties and memory loss. They also anticipate cases of "survivor guilt" for those that did not lose their lives like so many others.
But for those who didn't contract the disease there are also downsides. This is not about those coping with home-schooling with the prospect of losing their jobs. Some have been worrying about how to reposition their business from in-person to online. Others are worried about family and friends who maybe vulnerable and isolated. Many are feeling stressed and anxious even those who in relative terms are doing better. They might be healthy and financially solvent, but they also report problems staying focused, feeling isolated, tired and emotionally fragile.
Research from a team of psychologists from INSEAD led by Hilke Plassmann, tells us that this is very real and is symptomatic of wider and deeper problems. We are all suffering from changes to our brains changes brought about by the stress and uncertainty of the pandemic. As we have discussed before in 3Plus posts our brains are working differently under such deep stress. Instead of decisions involving complex planning and analysis we are resorting to our basic primal and default settings of flight, fright and freeze. Lock down is no place to make nuanced and far-reaching decisions.
It is for this reason Dorothy Dalton, CEO of 3Plus International and Claudia deCastro Caldeirinha, Leadership Coach and Professor and CEO of Redscope Consulting decided to get together have a coffee and invite anyone who wants to join to share their experiences.
Dorothy says "I am almost embarrassed to share my experiences from a position of extreme privilege. But as an extrovert I eventually found the isolation difficult. Claudia on the other hand had very real and life-threatening challenges with the virus itself, which she will share with us."
I think the bottom line is we all have something and it's important not to be and feel alone.
Please join and contact Nicola Jesse for a Zoom link. [email protected] or fill in the form below.
Tuesday July 14th 1600 CET - ZOOM
Note: this is a way to feel connected at a time of disconnect and should not be viewed as a substitute for a formal mental health consultation.
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