POSTED ON 20/03/2020

As concerns of COVID-19 continue and the events industry continues to feel the drastic impact of the virus, it can be an unsettling time for event professionals. Being concerned about the news is understandable, but for many people it can make existing mental health problems worse. Our Project Director James Hunter, a mental health first aider, has shared some tips about how we can all protect our mental health during this time.

Limit the news and be careful what you read

The media is flooded with articles on COVID-19 and it can feel overwhelming. Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren't making you feel better. Ensure you’re getting news from trusted sources of information such as government or NHS websites and avoid fake news or click-bait which is circulating on social media.

Have breaks from social media

If you’re a regular social media user, you’ll be aware of the volume of comments and stories that are currently being shared. Whilst it’s understandable that people want to voice their concerns, it can be triggering for those already anxious about the situation. Try and limit the time you spend on social media. If you’re a twitter user, mute key words which might encourage anxious feelings. If Facebook is your thing, you can hide posts from your feed if you find them overwhelming.

Stay Connected with People

With an increasing number of people having to self-isolate and working from home being promoted where possible, now is a great time to check you have phone numbers and email addresses of the people you want to keep in touch with, especially if you’re trying to avoid social media. Regular check-ins with friends and family can help you feel less isolated and it’s always good to talk, no matter what the situation! 

Remember the Power of Conversation

Whilst it can be easy to drop someone a text or email, in times like these it’s important to remember the power of conversation. You can quickly hear how someone is feeling by their tone and this can sometimes be lost in written word. If you start feeling anxious or stressed about the current situation, pick up the phone and have a good old fashioned chat. You can ask about things that sit outside of work, have a catch up, or even ask about the number of loo rolls they have or haven’t got. Make time to have the conversation and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

It’s important to remember that this situation won’t last forever and whilst it can feel all-consuming now, we are a strong industry and we’re all part of an incredible creative, resilient community which shines through in times of adversity such as this. We’re in this together!