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Adapting to Business as Unusual

Following the UN Geneva Director-General’s guidelines on the gradual return to the office in the weeks and months to come, the physical return to the workplace may bring up mixed feelings for many. Whilst some are excited at the prospect of returning, others may find that they are faced with a feeling of uncertainty on what our new reality will be like and how to adapt to changes and unknowns. Some may even feel frustrated as they want to return to work but are not yet authorized to do so. These emotions and concerns can take a toll on our mental health and wellbeing. It is therefore important that we learn how to cope with them and prepare ourselves to deal with the uncertainties we are facing together.

Since March 2020, the Commons has worked closely with the Staff Counsellors Office at UN Geneva to produce sessions to support our mental health throughout these tough times. Each session provides tips on how we can take care of ourselves, as well as our families and communities, and outlines the resources and support available to us. Recordings of these events are available via the following links:

Keeping a Healthy Mind on 30 March 2020: https://youtu.be/AKI_pGImR7s

Garder un esprit sain, le 9 avril 2020: https://youtu.be/bQgnrnxhPTY

How to cope with anxiety during COVID-19 on 7 April 2020: https://youtu.be/wBtNegwEv80

Comment faire face à l'anxiété pendant le Covid-19, le 23 avril 2020:  https://youtu.be/J59STY78OQE

Adapting to Business as Unusual: How to prepare yourself emotionally for the return to the workplace. Covid-19 Webinar & Dialogue, 19 May 2020:

Mindfulness Meditation sessions:

Every week the Commons hosts a 20-minute live meditation session to help us relax and re-energize, in English and in French. If you would like to join us live, you can find the connection details for each week in the Commons calendar: https://commons.ungeneva.org/events

If you miss a session or would like to follow the session at a different time, recordings are available in English and French via the following links:

Mindfulness Meditation sessions during COVID-19: https://youtu.be/T-ROYsYgMCg

Méditation en pleine conscience pendant le COVID-19: https://youtu.be/1hefjN5ANsk 


To provide feedback on the session, or to share your ideas for future sessions, please contact us at commons@un.org. We would love to hear from you.