COVID-19 – I’ve Got your Back, Buddy!

The movie “Top Gun” has a memorable dialogue “You can by my wingman anytime”.  
                                             Indeed, in these stressful times of COVID-19, burdening us with the worries and concerns about the stresses of our daily lives with an uncertain future ahead, we are all in need of our wingman. Borrowing the concept from combat flying, it’s the wingman who has got the back of the lead aircraft, tells us that we could either be our buddies’ wingman, or if feeling low, ourselves be in need of a wingman. Either way, we need to look beyond ourselves in these bad weather days.

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COVID-19 – Coping with Stress

COVID-19 has stressed everyone around. Besides the fear of contracting the infection, it’s the contracting economy that remains a major concern. There are implications for those who have lost their jobs as also for those who are waiting to enter the aviation workforce, either to return back after compulsory grounding due to lockdowns and border closures or awaiting their chance with their newly acquired commercial licences in hand with literally nowhere to go. These bad weather days have not left anyone untouched in the aviation industry across the globe. The question is how does one cope with the uncertainties and the stress during these trying times.

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COVID-19 – Leaving us Stressed

It seems a long time ago when we were living our dreams to achieve our goals in life: a career in aviation and an inherent stability, emotional and financial, that comes with a job, until COVID-19 hit us all. It continues to plague our lives. As for achieving our goals in life, when faced with any hindrance or obstacle, it causes stress. This is in response to any perceived or real impediment, leaving us feeling vulnerable. Basically, we feel stressed when the prevailing circumstances overwhelm our capabilities or resources to cope with it. The reference to capabilities or resources here are internal, where the mind perceives the adverse situation and the body responds, rather reacts to it. It may leave us feeling like an over-wound spring in a clock! Continue reading

COVID-19 – Feeling Blue

Feeling low, or depressed, may be a response to the prevailing life-stressors due to COVID-19, particularly the uncertainties about one’s employment as an effect of the downturn in the aviation industry, in turn our financial status. The stress may seem overwhelming at times, while at other times it may seem to linger in the back of our minds, leaving us feeling blue. The question is when to seek help: when we perceive stress or when it becomes overwhelming?

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COVID-19 – Stranded Pilots

COVID-19 pandemic has forced the closure of national and state borders, in turn bringing the commercial flights to a near halt. This has resulted in a countless number of pilots being grounded. Many airlines under severe financial constraints have either laid off or sent their staff on unpaid leave. This has resulted in each affected individual being hit by the uncertainties about their employment while under pressure to keep the hearth burning. Add to this, the social isolation of these stressful times has taken away the opportunities to meet others and share one’s thoughts and concerns, especially with friends and extended families. 

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