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Supporting you during these challenging times – Red2Blue Thinking

Red2Blue to help focus, cope and perform at work and at home during these unusual times.

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Where do we begin?


Acknowledging the situation

Take a few minutes to ask yourself and write down:

  • Where is the stress / discomfort / pressure coming from?
  • How does this make you feel?

Bored? Afraid? Overwhelmed? It is not fair? Frustrated? Can’t cope? Out of control?

  • Accept how you are feeling! It is ok to feel this way right now.

What’s going on?


The Impact it is having on….


  • Health.
  • Connections.


  • Targets.
  • Not business as usual.


  • Uncertainty.
  • Lack of social support.

How do we Move Forward?

How to focus and think clearly again…


Take out a piece of paper and draw the three circles you can control:

  • In the left hand circle (Can’t Control), fill in everything you cannot control right now.
  • Then in the right hand circle (Can Control), fill in what you can control right now.
  • Finally, take time to fill in the centre circle (what you Can Influence).

Where our attention goes…

Energy follows


Therefore the prime issue is control of attention


  • Attentional control refers to an individual’s ability to choose what they pay attention to and what they choose to ignore.
  • This refers to our ability to control our attention which enables us to focus and concentrate.

Control of attention.

Focus on…


  • Awareness is about recognizing and understanding our emotions without any judgement or guilt. By observing the expectations you’ve created in your life, you can better understand the underlying beliefs and reasons behind those expectations.
  • Awareness also helps you be aware of how realistic your expectations are and what you are really trying to achieve.

Focus on…


  • You can never be in complete control of what happens to you. You can only control how you choose to respond to each situation.
  • Acceptance means experiencing life just the way it is. It’s natural for people to accept positive experiences and emotions and resent negative ones. In most life situations, you have two options to choose from: you can either accept what’s happening or resist it / fight against it.

Focus on…

Letting go

  • To deal with resentment or letting go, you need to recognize whom or what you feel resentment towards, why you feel that resentment, the negative ways it has affected your life and what role you played in those situations.
  • Once you’ve realized the causes and reasons for feeling, resentful / annoyed, you need to forgive other people involved (if possible), try to understand and deal with the event and move on. That’s easier said than done, but carrying an extra burden of resentment / letting go, will only cause you more pain.

Body Check Ritual

When you start to become aware of yourself slipping into the ‘Red’/ APE behaviour

  • Do something physical – e.g. holding the wrist, brushing hands, stamping foot. The action will be largely dependent on the context and situation you’re operating in. Find things to keep you busy (whether it’s constructive or creative) to help lift your mood.
  • Place your attention on something external. Notice its shape, texture. Notice the space around it.
  • Acknowledge your feelings and focus on things you can control.

Body Check Ritual

  • Restrict media and social media coverage to prevent it from becoming too overwhelming. Only obtain information from credible news sources.
  • Stay connected with your loved ones via technology: Whatsapp. Face Time etc.
  • If you’re on medication, remember to take it as prescribed.
  • Choose the next task.
  • Move forward.

Grounding Tips

  • Place your tongue on the bottom of your mouth.
  • Feel the ground under your feet.
  • Feel your stomach move in and out as you breath. In with your nose, out with your mouth.
  • Count your breaths.
  • Hold the first two fingers of your left hand (optional).

Helping Yourself

  • Create the Environment for a healthy mental space for yourself and your family
  • For confidential assistance on any wellness matters, contact Careways (Life EHS Employee Wellness Programme) anytime, day or night on:
  • Toll free line: 0800 004 770.
  • SMS: 31581 (with your name), or
  • WhatsApp: 0664882273.
  • Email:
  • Check into online intervention:

Helping Others

  • Use Red head Blue head language – “Its normal and OK.”
  • Red Head is an unresourceful state in which you are off task, overwhelmed and ineffective. Blue Head, on the other hand, is an optimal state in which you are on task, concentrating and performing to your best ability.
  • Allow others to ventilate (don’t rush to push your answer).
  • Create the Environment for a healthy mental space.

Everyone is vulnerable, We in this together

Support: Covid-19 Symptom Checker

Life Healthcare brings you a COVID-19 Symptom Checker app to help you understand your personal COVID-19 risk profile. Our clinical team has aligned the checker with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) guidelines. As the COVID-19 criteria for testing evolves, you will be the first to know how it may affect you directly.



  • Maintain a user profile for tracking your COVID-19 risk factors and how your risk may change over time.
  • Check your loved ones’ symptoms.
  • Get information to guide you on what to do based on your symptom checker risk profile.
  • And find support and self-care resources when you need them.

For further information, clarification or questions that need answering regarding this presentation, please contact:
Beverley Wajsman via email:

bev@ccs or
Whatapp: 083 659 1031