(Please note: At the time of shooting this video, the number of COVID-19 cases was 114,000)
Right now there many who are infected with the COVID-19 virus but the number of people infected by fear and anxiety is in the millions, if not the billions.
Without being aware of it, we are constantly regulating and infecting each other with our mental and emotional states.
This is called emotional contagion.
Operating from fear impairs our ability to make rational, deliberate and intentional decisions.
It also compromises our immune system and makes us more vulnerable to all kinds of infections and diseases.
And most importantly as leaders our presence of fear and anxiety trickles down to our team members who are also dealing with a huge amount of uncertainty and lack of clarity.
It’s critical for leaders at this time to show up with a calm, centered, focused presence.
Research shows that just 10 minutes can rewire the brain and calm our anxieties and fears. I recommend downloading an app like Calm or Headspace Inc. and start making meditation your daily practice.
What is your emotional contagion as you lead through this crisis?