At this unsettling time due to the impact of the coronavirus, it can be an emotionally and mentally challenging period for members of staff. Over the next few weeks, the EDI Team, together with our colleagues in Organisational Professional Development (OPD), will be producing a series of weekly tips to assist you in promoting your own positive mental health and, hopefully, those around you.
Here are our first four tips for you to consider:
- Manage your consumption of the current news. In our digital age, we can receive the news from a variety of sources: TV, radio, newspapers, social media and so on. Consider avoiding watching, reading or listening to news that could cause you to feel anxious or distressed. Seek information updates at specific times, and when you are ready to receive it.
- Be mindful. Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental well-being. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness ‘mindfulness’. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges, enabling you to focus more on the present and worry less about the future. You could try using apps like Calm or Headspace to help you get started.
- Do something different. For some, this may be walks (if you’re not in self-isolation). For others, it may be starting a new hobby or pastime. Trying something new can be great for your mental health.
- Develop your networks of mutual support. Look to keep in touch with people who can provide you mutual support, such as colleagues, friends and family. The emphasis here is on support – and not activity that could cause one to slide into negativity, which can then make things worse. Take care to monitor things such as news and so on, that can lead to feelings of anxiety or distress (see 1. above).
As we get used to our ‘new normal’ of working from home, it is important that we pay attention to our own mental and physical well-being.
Over the next weeks, the EDI team will be sharing a series of top tips to help support your mental health. These will often be practical steps you can take at your own pace. This week we will be looking at Mindfulness.