Covid 19

An Aviation Professional’s Guide to Wellbeing

A document our Registered Aviation and Occupational Psychologist, Marc Atherton recently contributed to as part of the Flight Safety Foundation.

The aviation industry is founded on its numerous dedicated professional people. Safety performance is directly related to the manner in which people from front line staff to CEOs perform their various roles, and overall performance relies on individual and collective states of wellbeing.
Today, the scenarios of continued operations, cessation of operations and re-establishing operations are generating some unusual challenges, many of which are related to how we all feel about the current crisis situation.
The fundamental personal challenges associated with wellbeing are not new and will remain important. Whatever our position or responsibilities, the current context requires all of us to think hard about our own wellbeing and that of others.
Our mindset will play a key role in determining how the Covid-19 crisis impacts us. If we can see ourselves as having some control over our own lives, rather than being helpless in the face of the crisis, we have a chance of emerging into a post-viral world in better shape. Even in these challenging times there are plenty of things we can control.

The starting point is to ask yourself 3 questions every day:

Answering these questions honestly opens the door to the toolkit and starts your journey to a more resilient state and an improved state of wellbeing. The toolkit can and should be used on a daily basis and not just in times of crisis. By following the process you will become more self-reliant and feel more in control of your feelings, your emotions and your moods. This will in turn have a positive effect on those around you.

The purpose of this document is to help you improve your personal wellbeing. Through this process, it should also help those with whom you socialize and work. We are critically dependent on each other in both a wellbeing and a safety sense.
This document describes the idea of wellbeing and offers some simple tools, based on some fundamental psychological concepts, which allow each one of us to make decisions and take actions that will maintain or improve our state of wellbeing.


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