The pandemic is creating significant stress for many people. A number of employees are going to be working from home full time for the first time. Whilst this can sound attractive – it can also freak some people out. They will be asking questions like:
- How do get anything done at home with the distractions?
- How do I avoid getting bored?
- How do I avoid being lonely?
- How do I stay connected with my colleagues?
- How do I separate my work life and my homelife?
It is critical to remember that our mental health is determined by 3 elements:
- Our genetics (which contributes 50%)
- Events (10%)
- Our daily activities (40%)
We have very little ability to change our genetics and we certainly can’t change the majority of events, but we can choose what we do each day.
Here are 7 mental health tips we all should be embracing:
- Only read Covid 19 updates from trusted news sources
- Restrict looking at the news to 2 times per day
- Create a routine and stick to a schedule – decide on a start and stop time
- Work in 50-minute chunks – set a timer. When it goes off stand up, walk around, get some fresh air
- Set a regular time to speak with teammates
- Schedule a work date – who do you know that lives locally? Where could you meet?
- Take a lunchtime walk in nature – a rejuvenator
3 tips if you have young children
- Work in 2 hour shifts with your spouse/ partner. One person has undivided focus on work – the other exercises self-care with quality time with the kids.
- If you are a single parent – Do you know another parent that lives close by that you can have half day swaps with?
- If you are a morning person – get up 2 hours before the kids for a solid block of work. If you are a night owl – plan for 2 hours after they go to sleep.
Please make your mental health a priority during these challenging times.
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