Our mental health first aider, Claire Begg, has been a crucial part of our transition from being primarily office-based to working from home full-time.
Claire is in regular contact with the team, has a dedicated mental health column in our weekly all-agency newsletter and has a regular slot on our weekly team calls to chat through tips and advice on managing our mental health and wellbeing during this unprecedented time.
We’ve put together some of Claire’s top tips on managing your new working from home environment, which will be useful for everybody getting used to this period of limited contact with friends and colleagues.
- Where possible try to create a dedicated workspace, this will allow you to leave the ‘office’ behind when it’s your time to be with your family. A study found that 48% of people who worked from home worked longer hours.
- Try to schedule in breaks from your workspace. If you schedule these in, you’re more likely to stick to it. A break from your desk could include exercise – a walk, give yourself time to do an online class – meditation, mindfulness, reading or listening to music.
- Establish a routine early and stick to it. Staying in your pyjamas might sound like a good idea however sticking to a routine is best where possible and can help achieve a ‘work’ mindset.
- If you are feeling anxious about the current situation, it is wise to take a break from triggers such as social media and rolling news updates.
- Pick up the phone or use video calling. Speaking to someone, and getting some much-needed face time, can help if you are feeling particularly isolated or lonely.
Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to discuss how we can help your business manage its communications around employee wellbeing at this time.