No surprises. In the current context and since the beginning of 2020, COVID and its causality have created a gloomy climate for individuals, and an austere (not to say very harsh) climate for companies.
After 7 months in such an environment, at Digitevent we propose to show you some solutions we like to keep our spirits up (without burying our heads in the sand). There are two choices in these uncertain times: to continue with the anxiety of the future, or to see the good side of things and the opportunities that emerge from it, with a view to resilience.
But first of all, let's look back over the last few months to take a step back and see how best to become optimistic again:
The observation, in short:
Because (among other things) of social networks, which relay information that is often unverifiable and potentially massively shared, the observation is irrefutable: There is a danger of misinformation and an increase in anxiety.
This snowball effect undeniably contributes to the appearance of an almost psychotic state in which we no longer know whether the information that comes to us is objective and reliable. This gives free rein to the most far-fetched theories and psychological biases of all kinds.
When the ambient information reaches this stage, we speak of fear porn, literally "excitement through fear".
What if it's not so bad? The Good News :
Boris Cyrulnik, a psychoanalyst, said, "Unlike in the United States, where the term 'resilience' is in common use as a marker of optimism, in Europe it is more difficult to impose it, as if we had a penchant for miserabilism".
It is true that Europe (except perhaps Scandinavia) is not known for its optimistic spirit. Why not try to change that?
There are a multitude of ways of looking at the prism of everyday life from a new, more positive angle:
- Avoid over-consumption of content on social networks, and prefer more reliable sources such as major national newspapers.
- Have fun at work, especially by avoiding "Zoom fatigue" with Laugh.events, actors who come to refresh your meetings, conferences and even your video conferences!
- Follow "Happy broadcasts"; those few media that only broadcast positive information, so you don't see the glass only half empty any more
- Rationalise the world around you (we recommend the book The Rational Optimist): we live in the most peaceful time in history, the infant mortality rate is at its lowest in the world .
- Understand that the possibility of a new epidemic wave will surely be less serious than the first time with the March crisis.
- Because France is one of the world champions of the Post-Covid rebound!
- Because the news about a potential vaccine is rather good, in many countries the advances are major.
- You can also use this time of slowdown to take stock of your organisation, your personal or professional life, get your head out of the handlebars and take the necessary distance to realign yourself with your goals and enjoy your family.
Okay, what about business?
As far as business is concerned, we agree, some sectors are in great distress and can do nothing about it, notably the restaurant, hotel and event industries.
Nevertheless, as in every upheaval, several positive things can happen for you: the market can, for example, find itself skimmed (with less competition).
In other cases, such as in events, flexibility is required, and we adapt to the context by offering videoconferencing solutions, virtual or hybrid events, to keep a crucial sector alive for all companies.
But don't worry: All sectors should benefit from the postponement of expenses that households or companies have not made during this year 2020 . Which promises us great growth for the years to come!
So it's up to you, as an individual and as an employee of a company, to participate in the effort to build resilience and find opportunities or new avenues of growth to cope with this eventful year.