How to restore emotional balance and return to work? Story of EvoTalents Team

Olha Onofriichuk
Olha Onofriichuk May 20, 2022

Emotional balance, work, teamwork

Now, almost all of us feel what war is like and have already experienced how our emotional state suffers from it, and especially how difficult it is to return to normal life and find the balance that everyone needs now so much. Our team is no exception. We've been through it too, but thankfully we're back to work now and trying to hang on.
So how do we manage it all and have some kind of emotional stability? We want to share our experience and tips. Maybe you and your team will find them useful too.

Telegram chat

Our team Telegram chat was our support. It was the Telegram chat that became the place where the team communicated, where every morning we asked each other "How are you?", and where everyone could share their experiences/happy moments (or not happy ones as well). And, of course, there we informed each other if someone moved somewhere or if someone needed some help.

Hobby

Running, dancing, walking with a cup of coffee, taking photos... All these activities helped our team to overcome the period of apathy, constant anxiety and emotional burnout.

Tip from EvoTalents team: try to allocate at least half an hour every day for sports, walks in the fresh air or simply any activity that gives you a sense of peace and joy.

Children, pets and loved people

Apparently, many people have noticed that children in this situation "pull" us out of this state. Spend more time playing games with your kids, go for walks, read books, and play educational games. It will not only distract you from constant thoughts about the war, but will also fill you with positive vibes. Pets are great kinds of support too. And of course, hugs with loved ones are a must-have now.

Volunteering

This is a separate point that should also be added here. Since the beginning of the war, our team has been actively volunteering and contributing to the bright and peaceful future of Ukraine. Some actively raise funds for the needs of the Armed Forces, others help in volunteer centers and work with refugees. So, for example, our Ira and Vika were involved in volunteer centers for immigrants in Poland. And someone protected the peace of Ukrainians, being in TerOborona (Civil Defense), as our Vadim did.

In addition, from the very beginning of this extremely difficult period, we started conducting online charity events (webinar), the funds from which were transferred to the needs of the Armed Forces and humanitarian aid to Ukraine (450,000 UAH for aid to the army and $8,950 for humanitarian aid to Ukraine).

By the way, if you want to join, all our webinars can be purchased in the recording, and the funds will go to the needs of the army!

Work

No matter how strange it may sound, work has now become a lifeline for many, because by immersing yourself in work, you can forget about everything that is happening around you for a while and get distracted. Especially if it is a job that brings pleasure, and you really love it. We hope this is your case too :)

Foreign clients

And a little more about work... This point is not exactly about emotional balance, but it is also no less important, because it goes inseparably & next to all the others. We were lucky that a few weeks before the war, we got foreign clients and started working with them. In fact, at first we had to relocate people from Estonia and Great Britain, but with the beginning of the war, the terms of cooperation and employment changed a bit, and we began work in the direction of international recruiting, looking for people from abroad for these positions.

And now we will share with you how our colleague, Recruitment Partner, Masha Sotnikova, fights stress and restores her emotional state:

"The easiest thing is to work, work, work... (I read about it in Carnegie's book "How to stop worrying and start living"). Here, of course, you should take into account the fact that I am in a place where there are no sirens. But if they were here, it would be more difficult for me to concentrate. Here, for example, once on Friday I worked intensively all day and almost returned to normal life... but in the evening I opened the news(( Also, like many people, walking and fresh air, playing with children and, of course, coffee help me a lot. "

And this is how our Recruitment Partner Vika Pastuh escapes from depression and finds balance:

"It is necessary to accept that depressed mood or apathy is normal, because this is the current situation. Allow yourself to "sorrow", "hurt" or "cry", but do not let this state last for too long, you should be able to take control of yourself. The best medicine for me is being around/communicating with family and friends, i.e. mutual support. We have to realize that Ukraine is our home, into which enemies have invaded, and we must confront them. Our soldiers are now on the front line, and we are their support, and we must also be strong! The Armed Forces need us not to lose heart and support them with humanitarian aid, our unity, faith, and at least a kind word. I often remember the quote: "Help yourself, and God will help you." Balance? Here, in my opinion, it is important to live our normal life, at least a little. I mean to try to do the usual things: work, doing sports, walking the dog, drinking coffee, whatever! It shifts the focus of attention from the war news to the almost normal life."

And here are a few effective tips on how to get rid of anxiety from Victoria:

"Even before the war, my psychotherapist explained that anxiety is a 'preparation of the psychics for battle' and it works as a defense mechanism, that is, it is very useful, unless, of course, it is chronic.
! Keep in mind that constant anxiety is very exhausting for our body.
So, the easiest way to help yourself is to write down a list of fears that cause anxiety in a notebook and analyze them as a real fact/or as an obsessive irrational fantasy (what we exaggerate, globalize). For example, the fear that the war will never end. Objectively, everything has its end. However, indeed, the war can last for years in some regions, as was the case in ORDLO (certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts). Understanding this, it is worth making an action plan (the so-called algorithm of your steps) for the next 3-6 months or a year, how to live your normal life in this situation. What comes out: from the abstract fear that paralyzes us, we have a fact of reality, where we have to create a strategy of actions for ourselves and our relatives."

Have you already full got back to work and found ways to keep your emotional balance? If not, try using the tips used by our EvoTalents team. We hope they will help you too!
And if you have already returned to work and are planning to hire new people for the team, the IT recruitment agency EvoTalents will be happy to help you!