Handling a tough time

It takes bold moves to lead in a crisis time.

It is such an unexpected beginning for 2020: first with coronavirus and now with the on-going chaos between police and protesters about George Floyd’s death. Across the US, multiple cities have seen looting, protesting, and rioting at an unprecedented level.

These situations are at least distracting, if not stressful and worrying, especially when we all have our family, our works, our teams to take care of.

It is indeed such a tough time – but it is a tough time that creates strong characters. Like an old proverb: “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”.

So being an optimistic person, and facing this tough time, I recalled 3 advises from my Dad on how to deal with it:

1. Planning for the worst but hoping for the best.

No one can be too sure about anything, so it’s OK to have a backup plan just in case when things got messy: do you have a safe place for shelter? Have you got in touch with someone whom you can trust? Is your team in good shape? How is everyone doing and are they safe Now if nothing happens then good, that plan A might become plan Z. But we need a plan A.

2. Taking care of yourself is taking care of others.

In order to take care of your loved ones, you have to be strong both physically and mentally. So sleep at least 7 – 8 hours per night, exercise 30 min per day to kill stress and boredom, or take a walk around the house to clear your mind. I personally found the best way to calm my mind, is to read a good book and reflect on how it can help me at the moment.

3. Knowing a tough time won’t last, tough people, do.

It is important to know that while it seems to be chaotic and messy, things will get better, and eventually, it will be over. Later when we look back at this time, I hope you will be proud of yourself about how you have handled this time.

And while we are safe and sound, I encourage every one of us to look after one another: it can be a family member who needs some love, a colleague who needs a backup, or your neighbor who needs a little help. A little help and love at this time will go a long way.

And I hope it’ll be over soon – both the virus & the violence.

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