While the COVID-19 spread becomes fiercer than ever and impacts the entire economy and businesses worldwide – we, as managers or employees – may find it challenging to respond to the crisis fast enough and deal with disruption in the best way.

Inevitably, we tend to submerge ourselves with negative thoughts, eventually causing more harm to our bodies and brain than we realise.

Indeed, our brain is designed to respond to threatening situation for our survival – which causes a psychological stress that repeatedly, can lead to serious health issues and impact our productivity level. Studies have shown that when we engage in negative thinking, our brain reacts the exact same way -hence hurting our ability to process information and solve complex issues.

According to the National Science Foundation, on average, we have 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, 80% are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts. Scary, but not immutable.

While shifting your mind-set may not seem easy, the more you practice, the more automatic and intuitive it will become. You can start by simply recognising when you are having a negative thought and balance it with a positive one. Another way to do it is simply to surround yourself with positive people, who can help you put things into perspective without feeding your negative thinking. Learn to watch your thoughts!