Watch the video above to see the full conversation or click here to read the transcript.
Our lives have irrevocably changed in 2020. We are more fearful. But fear about what could happen can lead to overwhelming emotions and have an impact on our overall wellbeing.
We can manage these feelings in a healthy way to make individuals, communities and organisations stronger.
Speaking on ANZ’s Wellbeing Conversation ANZ Group Executive Australia, Retail and Commercial, Mark Hand says the uncertainty of the future is one of the biggest fears customers and employees are grappling with.
“Will it last for two years? Will they ever find a vaccine? Is our life changed permanently or is there some return to something that looks like normal in 12 months’ time? We just don't know,” he says. “No one's experienced this before. This is this is new to everybody.”
Psychologist Dr Pippa Grange agrees and says while we can't control our circumstances necessarily, we can control how we approach them.
“(It’s about) seeing what you're actually dealing with, facing it and looking at what it's costing, how it's showing up and then replacing it with something stronger and more hopeful,” she says.
Pippa believes this thinking can lead to a reinvigorated a sense of purpose. She recommends going beyond goals, beyond the idea of ‘what do I have to get done’, to something outside of ourselves. “How do we look at what's emerging and become more purposeful around it, especially for other people?”