Lessons from the lockdown can help you keep your mental health in check

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With Blue Monday being today, RedArc is pushing companies to remind their employees that the lessons acquired in the early days of the epidemic can also be applied to long-term mental health.

Post-Christmas debt, short days, terrible weather, and broken New Year’s goals have all contributed to the third Monday of January being considered as the most gloomy day of the year. RedArc, on the other hand, feels that many businesses and employees are more prepared than they were previously to deal with emotional wellbeing throughout the harsh winter months.

“During the lockdown times, many individuals found themselves with imposed free time, and while this was not appreciated by most, it did provide a chance to explore or renew healthy hobbies,” explains Christine Husbands, managing director of RedArc. It’s now time to evaluate and consider what steps we may take to protect our mental health in the future.”

Whether Blue Monday is seen as a noteworthy day or merely serves as a reminder that low mood, melancholy, and anxiety are more widespread at this time of year, it provides a chance for companies to encourage positive behaviour among their employees.

Employers are encouraged by RedArc to help employees in the following actions and behaviours taught during lockdown:

  • Physical activity may aid with self-esteem, elevate mood, and enhance sleep, in addition to easing stress and anxiety. When we were only permitted to exercise outside for one hour each day due to constraints, it became a routine and a delight for many individuals, prompting them to go for longer walks or runs than they had previously.
  • As sufferers of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) know all too well, being outside – daylight can have a significant impact on our mood. Rekindle your passion of being outside, even on a cold day, like we did during the epidemic, when going for walks with friends and socialising outside became the norm. If job precludes employees from going outside during daytime hours, recommend they spend lunch breaks outside or sit by a window within.
  • Making time for self-care — taking a simple soothing bubble bath, reading, cooking, sport, meditation, and yoga are all activities that we used to do to pass the time before the epidemic but may not be on the menu now that life is busier. To keep people healthy in the office, it’s crucial to encourage and celebrate their various interests and pastimes.
  • Relationships – The impact of the limits on families and relationships was one of the most tragic parts of the constraints. Employees may still be dealing with the fallout from this, so offering discreet support is critical. Employers should be encouraged to spend more time with those who make them feel elevated and optimistic.
  • Gratitude – perhaps the positive takeaway from such limits on our personal rights is a recognition of everything that is wonderful in our life. Developing the habit of recognising and appreciating nice things, no matter how minor, can lead to great and rewarding experiences. Employers may set an example by expressing their thanks and encourage their employees to do the same.

“Not all personnel will have the drive or resources to participate in these activities, and even those who do will become physically or emotionally ill,” Christine Husband stated. In these situations, it’s critical to refer people to resources and employee benefits that may give expert counsel and direction, as well as help them find the right kind of therapy or other professional treatment. The majority of employees, on the other hand, will be able to make tiny modifications in their daily routine that will have a significant influence on their mental health.”

Find out how HealthBoxHR can help your business support your staff and their mental wellbeing – features like Mental Health management and Performance management will ensure that there’s always a communication link available for your employees. 

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