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Dr. Darren Good Writes Article on How Leaders Can Practice Mindfulness During COVID for SmartBrief

September 1, 2020  | 1 min read

Dr. Darren Good portraitWhile working from home is nothing new, working from home with a stay-at-home order is new for most organizations, CEOs, and their employees. With many businesses and activities still restricted, employees that live alone are affected differently. More than a quarter of U.S. households live alone, leaving them in solitude for several months. Dr. Darren Good, associate professor of applied behavioral science at Graziadio Business School, and Dr. Christopher Lyddy, assistant professor of management at Providence College, share how loneliness can cause profound damage, as well as decrease creativity, focus, productivity, and overall well-being.

Being alone doesn’t mean one will become lonely. While there are many ways to manage loneliness—video calls, visiting with social distancing, etc.—one of the most powerful ways is by practicing mindfulness. However, many struggle with being mindful and present. Our minds were built for survival and we tend to replay our past actions and anticipate what may be coming next and plan for ways to avoid problems and potential threats.

Working from home has many benefits but with the lockdown restrictions many people may be ruminating on important questions such as will the lockdown last forever? What will come next? What will the economy be like when we return to work? These thought processes are natural, and in solitude these thoughts can create loneliness. Being mindful, on the other hand, can help one feel comfortable and appreciate solitude. Dr. Good and Dr. Lyddy share a two-pronged strategy -- remain connected to others and be present -- to practice mindfulness amid the pandemic. Read more.