COVID-19 has elevated stress levels for each of us. On an individual basis, our fears and experiences may be different but we’re all feeling anxious and stressed.
When things are uncertain or out of control (as they are now), our fear, anxiety and stress can lead to exhaustion and feelings of overwhelm. To help you, here are 5 tips to encourage you to take control of your feelings and your mental health.
- Whatever You Are Feeling Is OK!
Everyone will experience this pandemic in different ways through both external events (such as losing our job or the fear of losing our business) and the way we internally process the situation.
Acknowledge your feelings because it’s ok to feel that way. Then try to refocus on what you can control and reach out for help if you think you might need support.
If you are concerned that staff may be struggling, reach out to them and offer your support. Sometimes just talking can have a beneficial effect but if you feel a staff member needs expert support, direct them to organisations such as Beyond Blue and Lifeline.
- Reframe Your Thinking And Focus
Here are some ways to help you reframe how you think so you can redirect your attention:
- Instead of worrying about what might happen, focus on the positives of the pandemic experience such as more hours in your day because you’re not commuting to your workplace.
- Make time to do things you enjoy or try something new.
- Don’t dwell on the bad news. It’s important to stay informed and alert on what’s happening to the economy, infection rates etc. But try to limit your exposure to sensationalised headlines and speculation which can leave you feeling overwhelmed and anxious.
- Maintain Your Daily Routine Or Create A New One If COVID-19 Has Changed The Way You Work
This includes regular catch-ups with friends, family, workmates and staff – even if it’s online or by phone. If you are working remotely, it’s important to maintain your workplace culture so introduce things like regular morning teas or lunchtime catch-ups via video conference or app.
Ensuring you get regular exercise and time away from your desk are also important for maintaining concentration, mental health and work/life balance.
- Monitor Your Behaviour
When we’re under stress, we will often turn to comfort foods, sugary treats or increase our intake of caffeine or alcohol. Some may turn to online shopping or gambling for comfort. Behaviour changes like these can affect our health, finances and relationships so be on the look out before these behaviours become a problem. Remember, they can happen to you, a family member or an employee.
- Rely On Accurate Information
Be cautious about the information, news and commentary you read. Some resources are more reliable than others.
For health information, visit the Australian Department of Health including their COVID-19 mental health support information
Find a wide variety of business resources on the Safe Work Australia website including their COVID-19 information for small business section
Or for specific advice, guidance or assistance to work through your staffing and HR concerns, call End2End Business Solutions on 02 8977 4002.