While restrictions are easing, the COVID-19 pandemic is by no means over and as we continue to work remotely, this time of isolation can be more difficult for some. It is important to recognise that uncertainty and unpredictability can take a toll on mental wellbeing and some of us may be feeling this more than others.
Mental health is just as important as physical health and something that needs thought, care and nurturing by all.
Here are some tips to support your mental wellbeing:
Try to maintain a clear perspective
It is understandable if you have felt concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19 and the current situation that we find ourselves. Focus on the fact that thousands of people all over the world are working hard to reduce the impacts. Scientists are working hard to produce vaccinations and cures, doctors and nurses are caring for the sick, public health experts are trying to contain the virus and protect everyone and people everywhere are offering random acts of kindness. Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus and your efforts in isolating are helping others in the community.
Maintain a work-life balance
Working and living in the same place may begin to blur the lines between your work and life balance.
- Make sure that you keep your work hours in check as you would in the office
- Create a separate office or workspace, if possible
- Switch off from technology and clear your head after working
- Maintain your interests outside of work
- Do things that make you feel physically and emotionally safe
Find a healthy balance of news and discussion
Being exposed to large volumes of negative information can heighten feelings of anxiety. While it’s important to stay informed, you may find it useful to balance your news intake of both positive and informative news. Stick to trusted sources and avoid tabloid style reporting. When talking to friends and others, choose topics other than COVID-19 and its impact.
If you are not ok and need to talk to someone, there are a number of resources available to you:
- If available, speak with your team members or your manager to talk over any concerns and they will assist you where and when they can
- Your family and friends are essential support systems, it is important to maintain communication with these groups, even if you cannot physically interact.
There are also a number of mental health organisations that are well experienced dealing with issues that may arise during crisis situations. See the below list and contact information:
- Beyond Blue New Access: a free online mental health support program.
- Black Dog Institute Online Clinic: a free online mental health assessment tool.
- myCompass: a personalised self-help tool for your mental health.
- Headspace: a guided-meditation app.
- Mental Health Line – 1800 011 511 (Open 24/7)
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36
Allan Hall HR has been helping many clients support their employees through the pandemic. Contact us if you would like our guidance or assistance.