Taking control amidst the chaos: Emotion regulation during the COVID-19 pandemic

Simon Lloyd D Restubog, Anna Carmella G Ocampo, Lu Wang

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The COVID-19 pandemic represents a major global health crisis that continues to threaten public health and safety. Although the pandemic is still unfolding, measures to reduce the spread of the virus have spawned significant challenges to people's current work as well as their careers more generally. In this commentary, we discuss the implications of COVID-19 for maintaining one's psychological well-being and employment security, and also managing family and work responsibilities. We also bring forth evidence from the emotion regulation literature to help mitigate the downstream negative consequences of COVID-19 on people's work lives. Finally, we offer several suggestions for future scholarly investigation into how this pandemic impacts vocational behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number103440
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
StatePublished - Jun 2020


  • And psychological well-being
  • Emotional regulation
  • Family and work responsibilities
  • Global health crisis
  • Job security
  • Pandemic
  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus
  • Novel coronavirus
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)
  • 2019-nCoV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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