Running out of energy: An underestimated threat to a "people's business"?
— 10 experts shared their view
We are currently experiencing an energy crisis of a different kind - an industry-wide feeling of exhaustion, anxiety, stress, frustration, and fear. We are running out of energy. There is no doubt that the effects of the pandemic and resulting restrictions will have an adverse effect on people's wellbeing. Scientists call for action for mental health science research with regards to COVID-19. For the hospitality workforce, passionate about and specialized in social interactions, the measures of isolation have been tremendously impactful and to some extend traumatizing. The economic hardship coming with temporary and permanent closures, reduced salaries, lack of job vacancies, and a general unpredictability further exacerbate the situation. Our industry employs large numbers of people from vulnerable societal groups who are already at higher risks of mental health issues. It is about time to put the mental health fallout of COVID-19 on the sustainability agenda and kick start a dialog on the subject.
What measures could be taken to restock on energy and facilitate mental health during hardship? How can human connections be fostered and kept intact between frontline, remote, and furloughed staff? How can different companies come together and support each other? What is and has been your personal emotional journey through the last months?
Principal Sustainable Development at 3 Pillar Solutions, LLC
The traditional wisdom is to offer coping strategies, and those can work, but can also be temporary and may not go far enough. There is new evidence-based science that says we need to teach the mind and body emotionally what the future will feel like ahead of the actual experience. In other words, living in gratitude and acting as if you are already living the life you desire. This is not about saying positive affirmations.
A shift is taking place and people around the world are waking up and learning, for ourselves, how to heal our own minds and bodies. We can't wait for our success to feel empowered and in control of our lives. We can't wait for wealth to feel abundant, wait for the perfect relationship to feel love, wait for healing to feel whole. We can't wait for something outside of us to change how we feel inside. That's the old Newtonian model of cause and effect reality. The Quantum model of reality is about causing an effect.
We have 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts every day, of which the vast majority are the same ones as every day before. It's the subconscious mind that has been programmed throughout our lives, and is on autopilot. Thoughts create an emotional response, which triggers a chemical reaction in the body. How we think and feel about any situation creates our reality. Fear, of any kind, creates stress, which creates disease and dis-ease. We need to change how and what we think.
As for my personal journey, I have managed to cope better than I expected. First and foremost, I never check my email or smartphone in the morning until I have meditated for at least 30 minutes, and I do this every day. My favorite guided meditations are Kelly Howell and Rising Higher. For the past two years I have been following these new discoveries by so many scientists and thought leaders and in particular those of Dr. Joe Dispenza, and Dr. Bruce Lipton. I have already unlearned many of the automatic responses my subconscious mind would normally think, and physically rewired new connections in my brain. I've learned that when I look back over my life, even with the challenges, I realize that everything is always working out for me. That can be true for everyone, depending on how you view your inside and outside world.
There is so much to more to share than the limitations of this article could permit, so I invite everyone to check it out and decide for themselves. Videos, interviews, and guided meditations are available on YouTube, so it doesn't cost anything to improve the quality of our lives, especially during these times.
There is a quote whose source is unknown that says, “Everything will be alright in the end, and if it's not alright, it's not the end.”