These are testing times for all of us but there are a number of techniques that can help us get through lockdown – and handle adversity at work and in other situations too.
A recent poll by King’s College London in partnership with Ipsos MORI revealed that nearly half of us (49 per cent) have felt more anxious or depressed than normal as a result of coronavirus. Meanwhile, a third (38 per cent) of us have slept less or less well than normal and another third (35 per cent) have eaten more food or less healthy food than normal.
It’s now a decade since we wrote Be Bulletproof: how to achieve success in touch times at work, and what our research revealed and the advice we gathered from experts seems more relevant than ever today.
Our aim was to combine sound, evidence-based psychology with the stories of real people overcoming adversity at work, in order to help readers to bounce back from the daily slings and arrows of the workplace. It’s sold over 20,000 copies across four continents. We regularly receive emails from people around the world telling us how they’ve benefitted from the techniques that we recommend to deal with difficult colleagues, office politics, mistakes and setbacks at work.
So how can the ideas we explore in Be Bulletproof help us to survive lockdown and emerge stronger afterwards? The first thing is to remember that, under stress conditions such as lockdown, our minds are significantly more likely to ‘distort’ our thoughts.
“Distortion” is the term that psychologists use when they refer to people interpreting an incident in a way that makes it mean more than it does. Our minds see things through a highly negative lens. Bulletproof people, however, will ask, “What am I making this mean?”