Here are a few ways you can help support yourself and your staff, both through viable resources and some tips to keep anxiety levels down and hopefully help everyone process and manage these difficult times.
✓ Avoid watching news or engaging in topics and posts on social media that may fuel anxiety. It’s difficult to completely avoid the news about COVID19. But by walking away and not reading the material, you may keep from fuelling the fire.
✓ Check in frequently with your work from home employees. The feelings of isolation that may come with a stay at home order can be overwhelming. Cutting yourself off from the rest of the world can only compound anxiety. It’s important to encourage human interaction, still have voice conferences and make calls.
✓ Compile a list of EAPs, counsellors, people they can speak about their situation with, and other mental and physical health resources.
✓ Encourage them to continue with as much of their daily routine. Sudden and abrupt changes have the potential to negatively impact mental health. Even working from home, encourage your staff to get ready for work as they normally would, find a quiet place to work, and sit down ready for the day.
✓ Find streaming or video exercise and activities that you can link your folks to. Encouraging meditation, yoga, or any other means for them to get physical and get blood flowing can help ease anxiety and stress.