These are surely difficult times, everyone would agree. Hospitality recruitment in Ireland has all but stopped. The spread of COVID-19 has been dominating all social media and news articles for the past few months. The world is now united in caution. Some areas and countries are affected more severely than others. However, every government in the world is currently working on designing effective ways to combat, cure and minimize the spread of C19. It is difficult not to go to the worst case scenarios when everyone wants to protect their loved ones. We are all evolutionary wired to go into fight or flight mode when faced with an outside threat. Which is precisely what COVID-19 and the sensational media coverage of the same are doing to people.
It is so, so very easy to say don’t panic. Nonetheless, that is precisely the messages we want to convey to our esteemed colleagues, clients and candidates. Panic is one of the greatest opponents to reason and humanity. Firstly, because it floods our bodies with adrenaline and noradrenaline. This puts us all in a heightened state of action where we only see limited options and focus on the “threat”. Secondly, in this state, we are focused on our own survival. None of the above is a bad thing. However, but it is not applicable to our current climate. Individually, we cannot flee this infection nor can we combat it. What we can do is work on minimising the risk of contracting and spreading it. We can focus on maintaining our mental wellbeing. Moreover, we can show compassion humanity is capable of.
Below are few tips and pointers on how to achieve each of these things.
Combating the risk of infection
By now, everyone is familiar with these steps, but we will outline them here anyway:
- Wash your hands frequently
- Maintain social distancing (1 meter preferably if possible)
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Practice respiratory hygiene (covering one’s nose and mouth with elbow or tissue when sneezing)
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early. Some national healthcare providers have asked people who fear they have the symptoms to first contact their experts or hospitals by phone. All in order to minimize getting infected or spreading the virus to healthy people.
For more information about this, please follow official websites of your national healthcare organisations.
Maintaining mental wellbeing
This might be by far the most difficult aspect to work on but it is necessary. If we surrender to panic and pessimism, we won’t do ourselves or anyone around us any good. Nor will we change the outcome of what is and could be. Recent studies have shown that an optimistic outlook on life lowers the risk of succumbing to various diseases. It improves our immune system as well.
Easier said than done, right? Well, every journey started with a small step so don’t put pressure on yourself, ok?
We have compiled a list of things you can do to further yourself down this path.
- Catch yourself in the act! When you catch yourself starting to think negative thoughts, try to find positives. This way, we train our brain to develop a new pattern, rather than going down the pessimistic road once again.
- Meditate, exercise and try to improve your diet. Meditation isn’t something everyone is fond of and that is perfectly ok. However, all of us contemplate, analyse and plan. Consider the negatives but emphasize the positives in this stage. You might see improvements in your life quality soon after. Exercise… Hm, now this is the difficult part for a lot of people because we envision what people who are exercising are doing. It sometimes just seems unreachable, right? No. Everyone is different and everyone can exercise as much as they can/want/need. The thing is, even with minimum amount of exercise, whether that is just walking your dog or doing yoga for 15 minutes can boost your overall immune system. At least it gets you out of the funk you are in.
- If you’ve been cut down to working part-time or unfortunately let go, use this time to focus on the fulfilling aspects of your life. It will take time to adjust to the new situation. Spend quality time with your loved ones, pick up a book you’ve been wanting to read for a while, invest in your passions or learn something new. This too will pass and you will be a richer person for it.
Compassion and humanity
What we all need to realise, first and foremost, is that we are all in this together. There are so many negative things currently going on. While COVID-19 might inconvenience or worry some of us, it has done so much worse for a lot of people across the globe. People are separated from their loved ones, self-isolated and scared. However, there are beautiful examples across the globe of people helping each other. Our hearts go out to people who contracted the virus as well as their friends and families. Let us not spend this time alienating from one another. If you are worried, talk to somebody. If you are scared, remember you are not alone and it might help. Now is the time to show compassion and understanding to one another. We can find the strength to weather through this together.
In this current climate, a lot of hotels have put recruitment on hold due to fear of infection. Fortunately, a lot of them are still recruiting and all is not as dark as it seems. We are dedicated now more than ever to continued collaboration and dedication we provide our clients. Dear clients, Action Recruitment stands with you and if you need us, just give us a call. We’ll be there. Dear candidates, current and future, we invite you to register on our page. You can also check out our vacancies. We will continue working with you and try to find your dream career despite the current circumstance. It might be a lengthier process than usual, but we won’t give up and neither should you.