Heidi Hanna — Taking Care of Your Mental Health During a Crisis

We’ve all heard of the advice that you must put on your own oxygen mask first before helping others. But how can you do that if you’re losing it yourself? We have a mental health expert to help calm your nerves. This episode is two of a series of five episodes on the five big moves leaders need to make right now during a crisis.

Dr. Heidi Hanna is the Chief Energy Officer of Synergy Brain Fitness, a company providing brain-based health and performance programs to individuals and organizations. She is also a Founding Partner of the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and a Fellow and Advisory Board Member for the American Institution of Stress.

Emotions are running very high and there has been a range of reactions to the latest pandemic news. When faced with challenges like these, ask yourself how you can become resilient through what you’re facing currently. What are the little things you can do today to take better care of yourself physically and emotionally?

Heidi has a few different ways on how to better manage your emotional well being in times of uncertainty and a crisis. The first one is to have a bit of awareness of what’s actually happening, away from the fear and the hype the media might portray. It’s okay to validate your experiences and admit to yourself that we are in a difficult time and that you might be feeling overwhelmed, or fearful of what’s to come.

Take some time to look for ways we can adapt more effectively to our new set of circumstances. Pay attention to what you can control to the best of your ability. Also, it’s okay to focus on the positives of life while still taking precautions. You can always take time to laugh, love, and enjoy your life despite the challenges around you.

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