8 relaxing activities to help you cope with coronavirus stress

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8 relaxing activities to help you cope with coronavirus stress

If you feel overwhelmed by the state of the world and need to relax, do these activities.

By Caroline Roberts, CNet.com

If you’re currently undergoing mandatory quarantine or self-imposed social distancing to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, you’ve probably seen posts online about how this is the perfect time to get your life in order. Even CNET has plenty of articles about how to be productive, including staying on top of your exercise routine to cleaning your whole house

While focusing on productivity is helpful for some, many of us are struggling to just make it through these stressful times, and don’t take much solace in reading about how to improve ourselves right now.

If this sounds familiar to you, I have good news — there are plenty of activities you can do to help you feel grounded and less anxious. I spoke to Tara Martello, a meditation and mindfulness coach, who told me about how trying to be uber-productive adds unnecessary pressure to an already tense situation, and how we can institute basic meditative practices into our quarantined lives instead. Read more



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Setting priorities every 4 hours: the new normal for leaders

The way we need to work now is more than just adapting to the work processes we had in place last week, as we moved to our new virtual workforce.

By: Scott Cawood | March 30, 2020 – Human Resource Executive

As leaders right now, we are doubly challenged. We must run our business, but, of course, in a new uncharted world. While we are still in the business of making money, most of how we did that a month ago is irrelevant. The way we now need to work is more than just adapting to the work processes we had in place last week, as we moved to our new virtual workforce. Traditional methods about employee performance must be jettisoned in favor of a refocus on the whole person. Your employees aren’t just going through COVID-19 as employees; they are going through as full people. We must change how we lead and how we work to adapt to this new reality and not retreat back to our past ways as the market corrects. Yesterday, we were leaders and employees, but today we are all humans scrambling forward. Read more


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The coronavirus crisis thrusts corporate HR chiefs into the spotlight

In a pandemic, a chief people officer can make or break a company

from The Economist, March 24, 2020

WHEN THE financial crisis rocked the business world in 2007-09, boardrooms turned to corporate finance chiefs. A good CFO could save a company; a bad one might bury it. The covid-19 pandemic presents a different challenge—and highlights the role of another corporate function, often unfairly dismissed as soft. Never before have more firms needed a hard-headed HR boss.

The duties of chief people officers, as human-resources heads are sometimes called, look critical right now. They must keep employees healthy; maintain their morale; oversee a vast remote-working experiment; and, as firms retrench, consider whether, when and how to lay workers off. Their in-trays are bulging. Read more


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CORONAVIRUS Resources and things to do during self-isolation


By PHILADELPHIA (WPVI)

While we are staying at home the foreseeable future, there are plenty of things to keep us all going. We have fun ways to pass the time, ways of bringing people together even when we’re all apart, and things to keep moving forward.

Check out our resources and things to do during self-isolation. Read more


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COVID-19 Is Coinciding With a Loneliness Epidemic

By MICHAEL LEE STALLARD and KATHARINE P. STALLARD

Government Executive

The novel coronavirus pandemic demands social distancing, quarantine and isolation so that vulnerable individuals are not exposed to the virus and healthcare systems are not overwhelmed. Collectively, we understand the goodness of “flattening the curve.” Each of us must do our part to slow the spread of the virus and COVID-19, the disease it causes. But it is not the only epidemic we are facing right now. The requirement to separate ourselves from others comes at a time when America and many other nations are in the midst of an epidemic of loneliness whose antidote is greater positive social connection. 

Our current situation—the simultaneous need to reduce physical distance and to increase social, or relational, connection to curb the rise in loneliness—presents a challenge for us all. Ignoring the need for connection at this time is not an option. Research suggests that the majority of individuals today lack sufficient social connection. This connection deficit may exacerbate the negative effects of stress and diminish physical and emotional resilience that people will need to fight the COVID-19 virus. 

Relational connection is especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, there are steps people can take to boost social connection while maintaining physical distance. Individuals can still experience the physical and emotional health benefits that arise from sufficient meaningful connection, which will help them fare better through this difficult time.  Read more


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10 science-backed strategies to try if you’re stressed about COVID-19

A clinical psychologist explains the simplest things to do to ease anxiety during the pandemic.

BY RUTH C. WHITE, FASTCOMPANY

If you find it hard to stay calm during this COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. From the constant news updates telling you about the most recent death counts or border closings to the long lines at your local grocery store and the stock market gyrations, it is hard not to feel the effects of this health crisis. If you are lucky, your business can still be run remotely without much impact on your bottom line. But if you are in the hospitality, restaurant, travel or event business, it’s having a serious effect.

No matter who you are, feeling stressed and afraid is a normal response to an illness about which there is still so much to learn and a health crisis for which the country seems unprepared. But even if you don’t succumb to the coronavirus, the chronic stress that may result from constant fear and anxiety about the illness, and the isolation caused by social distancing and quarantine, can cause physical symptoms of its own. Read more


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5 ways the COVID-19 crisis will transform HR’s role

by Tim McElgunn March 24, 2020

HR Morning

Human Resources is at the front lines of employers’ response to the COVID-19 crisis.

The crisis is forcing almost every business to immediately develop, adapt or improve remote work policies and procedures.

As HR pros struggle to keep employees safe and informed, it helps to think about what changes will be more permanent and how you’ll guide employees and organizational leadership through those changes.

Here are 5 effects that you’ll likely be dealing with long after things return to “normal.” Read more



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Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by Covid-19

Several companies are extending a hand to small-business owners navigating the coronavirus crisis.

By Inc. Staff

A growing number of companies are offering their online tools, classes, and resources at no cost in response to the impact on small-business owners from the coronavirus. Below is a list that Inc. is curating and continuously updating.

Note: The federal government and several states also are stepping up to offer emergency financial resources for small businesses. Read more


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Some Tips on How to Stay Sane in a World That Isn’t


By Katherine Rosman, The New York Times

The coronavirus outbreak has magnified all kinds of fears. Try living in the moment. Take stock of what’s working. Turn off the television.

Erasing anxiety from daily life isn’t an option for most people today. But therapists, clergy and meditation specialists say there are simple and accessible ways to overcome debilitating panic. Read more


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5 things to know about the new coronavirus paid leave law

A number of small businesses are “despondent,” one source told HR Dive. But there’s hope the federal government could soften the law’s impact.

AUTHOR Ryan Golden

U.S. small businesses and their employees are living through unprecedented times. As the COVID-19 epidemic continues, many are concerned with the day-to-day as state and local governments close or otherwise restrict business operations to halt the spread of the disease.

Amid fears of a declining economy, Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed into law emergency legislation. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) includes several provisions, but two of them have a particular impact on employers with fewer than 500 employees. Such firms employed 47%, or some 59.9 million people in the U.S. in 2019, according to data from the U.S. Small Business Administration — just shy of half the country’s workforce. Read more