As the pandemic persists, individuals and companies alike are learning to adjust to new ways of communication and operation. It's important to prioritize self-care, both inside and outside of the office, as we navigate these challenging times. While physical health is often viewed as a top priority, it's equally important to focus on mental health as well. Ignoring the potential consequences of the pandemic on mental and emotional wellbeing can lead to long-term negative effects.
The uncertainty surrounding job stability and the future contributes to increased levels of stress and anxiety. On the job, there is a direct correlation between mental health and productivity. Outside of work, mental health affects relationships and overall wellbeing. It's crucial to prioritize mental health and mindset for a happy and healthy life.
Here are some tips for prioritizing mental health:
1. Acknowledge the situation
It's normal to feel distracted during times like these. Between a constant stream of news updates, an overload of information, and the added challenges of working from home, it's understandable to experience difficulty concentrating. If managing a team, consider re-evaluating team goals to ensure they are still attainable under current circumstances. Encourage team members to communicate if they are feeling overwhelmed or struggling with workload.
2. Practice self-care
Self-care does not need to be an extreme indulgence but rather a simple concept. It involves carving out time to focus on your own well-being and participating in activities that promote overall mental and physical health. Rituals such as meditation, journaling, and mindfulness can be helpful, as well as simple actions like going for a walk, listening to calming music, exercising in a way that makes you feel good, and eating well. Particularly for parents and caregivers, taking time for self-care can have a significant impact on overall state of mind.
3. Stay in touch with friends and family
It's important to make an effort to stay in touch with others. Using social media wisely and checking in with the people you care about can help to alleviate feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
4. Seek professional help when you need it
It's essential to seek professional help when experiencing mental health challenges. There is no shame in seeking out professional help, and the more we accept it, the less stigmatized it becomes. Many companies offer Employee Assistance Programs as part of their benefits and include mental health resources to employees. Outside of work, there are several professional organizations in Australia that can provide assistance:
In conclusion, prioritizing mental health is especially important. It's essential to acknowledge the challenges of the current situation, practice self-care, stay in touch with others, and seek professional help when needed. These steps can help to promote overall wellbeing and happiness.
Remember, World Mental Health Day is an essential reminder to focus on mental health and wellbeing all year round.