With COVID-19, the typical negative emotions we encounter while going about our lives have been exacerbated. We may have lost our jobs, businesses, or fear we will lose them. Worries about paying rent, staying healthy, and taking care of our families have eclipsed the concerns that many of us had pre-pandemic. Every day we hear news about infections, deaths, and layoffs—and it looks like there is no end in sight.
The scenarios that make us angry, disappointed, and fearful can feel endless. But during trying times like these, it’s not the situations themselves that make or break us, it’s how we respond to them. Emotionally intelligent people find ways to not only cope with negative emotions, but to use the lessons they’ve gained to move ahead.
Here are seven ways emotional intelligence can help us during these challenging times: