One thing I have noticed these past two weeks is the emotional toll the global quarantine and panic has had on the human psyche.
I have had the honor of virtually connecting, playing and facilitating for a few hundred souls during this time frame. Leading teams and small to medium-sized groups through fun and transformative experiences is something I obviously do on a regular basis, but I have noticed a big change in the way people show up.
When I usually welcome a new group in, I am greeted with a mixture of excitement, maybe a little trepidation, and sometimes fear of the unknown.
And always a lot of energy!
This is normal (and powerful to see how they transmute this fear into a relaxed state of joy, playful connection, trust. and bonding with their teammates by the end of the session).
But these past two weeks... WOW!
Many enter our online portal looking exhausted, depressed, their vibrancy is lacking. Their voices are low. Their postures are droopy. They look and sound like they are just going through the motions. Some even speak with hopeless despair. The toll of the past two weeks has been harsh on their bodies, their minds, their emotions, their psyche. Their spirit. Not to mention their wallets and their immune systems.
I share this because it has been an absolute honor and a privilege to be of service for my global community during this time.
My fellow humans have been so devoid of connection, real social interaction and play (let alone laughter and fun) since the virus scare spread across the globe. These elements are soooooo vital for our well being.
When I see a group enter my PLAYshops and trainings with extremely low energy and morale and then an hour later (give or take) leave recharged, reinvigorated and rejuvenated, I know my work, as a Facilitator, has been done.
I know I have positively impacted that person's mental health.
I know I have helped catalyze a powerful change in that person's life... and in the lives of those they interact with.
And they will carry this upgrade and boost with them into their next encounter, task and/or project.
Right now, we all need that uplift. We can all use extra connection and joy.
If you, or your team, can use a boost of connection, playfulness, and/or powerful mindset shift, message me. I can help you make this a reality.
Adam Rudder is the Founder and CEO of Improv4Companies. They specialize in helping teams improve their employee experience and adapt to a rapidly changing virtual workplace. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org . www.Improv4Companies.com