The core tenants of DA are to connect and celebrate our community. We want all Aotearoa Designers to live well and to flourish.
Usually, when we write here, the DA team operates as a collective voice. Occasionally you’ll hear direct from Lou, our amazing founder. Or one of the local hosts making a shout out to their city. But generally, our voice is a geographically diverse group of designers speaking for and on Design Assembly’s behalf. Today I am writing in my own voice because as well as sharing resources and knowledge I want to share a little personal insight.
So I will start with an introduction: my name is Nicole Arnett Phillips and I am the DA editor. I am also a communications designer, typographer and printmaker with 20+ years of experience. I was diagnosed with anxiety about 12 years ago and its something I live with everyday.
When we worry or find ourselves in a stressful or uncertain situation — our heart rate elevates, our hormone chemistry changes, our brain function becomes clouded and confused. The physiological responses developed as a survival mechanism to “fight the threat off or flee to safety.”
The DA team have spent the last few weeks observing and listening to our community and have heard a lot of nervousness around the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic impact and navigating events that are unprecedented in our lifetime.
Public discussion of COVID-19 can be distressing and it’s normal to experience symptoms of stress.
It is important not to panic or be alarmist — but these are strange, worrying, uncertain and rapidly changing times, so we contemplate what risks there are for our loved ones, our businesses or jobs, and our adrenaline cranks up.
We want you all to live well and be well so created and curated some tips & resources for Aotearoa designers feeling worried or anxious about their personal or professional situation today.
Practice good Hygiene:
Connect and collaborate:
We are strongest together, as we isolate ourselves by working remotely and practising social distancing, there are still lots of ways to connect:
Exercise deepens breathing and helps to relieve muscle tension, especially repetitive fluid movements which can induce calm:
Acknowledge & seek help:
The Ministry of Health suggests you“Tell yourself that how you are feeling is a normal reaction and will pass – it is nothing to be afraid of.” But if your stress symptoms are escalating or you feel you are not coping, help and professional support are available.
Additional guidance for studios & managers: