Bias in inevitable in certain respects. I have definitely fallen victim to the halo effect having conducted interviews within higher education where prestige and credentials seems to reign supreme. Countering bias is a daily act of self-reflection.
Close listening is often the strategy I recommend for overcoming bias (and one I'm always working on myself). The more we can truly hear/feel the experiences of others, the more we come to realize that our differences are more-often what makes life interesting and worth living. Perhaps less practical, but mindfulness and acts of dissolving the ego also come to mind, and are practices I've used to pull myself beyond the bounds of bias.
Adaptability and flexibility are skills that map most directly onto an ever-changing and unpredictable reality. Those equipped to learn and re-learn as the world shifts will be best positioned to maintain a level of social-emotional health needed to thrive post-pandemic.
Essential post-lockdown skills can be developed through formal and informal means. Virtual courses (like this one) can lead to new skills; reflective writing is also a great way to build more resilience and self-awareness; honest dialog with trusted friends and colleagues; and placing yourself in safe, but challenging situations.
I spent two years taking improv classes which I often look back to in supporting others. Being open and honest about who we are as individuals can be discovered through games and simple techniques rooted in trust. I have a long list of activities like "mind-meld" that are great!
- Travel will be seen as less critical.
- The importance of personal health and wellbeing will be elevated.
- Exercise will consist of mental and physical routines.
- Localization of markets and economies will bring a new focus to community.
As has been the case much of my life, I don't experience much anxiety (surely nature and nurture). If anything, I do fear the upcoming U.S. election cycle and impending social unrest. I often deal with this by getting outside and allowing nature to wash over me :)
Having been a mountaineer and hiker/climber in Colorado for much of my life, I bring my experience of taking a 'view beyond ourselves' as a means of combatting anxiety. Seeing the works and it's beauty for what it truly is has been an anxiety remedy I've turned to over and over again. There's something calming in the grandeur of our planet and universe.