With the introduction of ‘Plan B’ Covid restrictions coming into force this week and many returning to working from home full time, it is important to make sure you are looking after your mental health as well as your physical health.
You should keep in regular contact with your work colleagues and although many of us thought we had seen the back of video callng, it is a great way to see and chat to colleagues and face to face contact can really help your mood.
- Maintain a routine and stick to it. Going from a strict routine in the office to nothing at home is difficult so establish a set routine and try and stick with it;
- Keep your work space clear and free of clutter;
- Exercise. When working from home it can be tempting to work through lunch, but it is important that you take a break and try to get out for a walk if you can;
- Take regular breaks from your desk and get up and stretch your legs;
- Eat properly. It can be tempting to snack on unhealthy foods while at home but maintaining a healthy diet can really increase your mood and is good for you.
If you do experience mental health problems while working at home, make sure you contact your line manager, your HR department or, if your company has one, the Mental Health First Aider. You might find your company has access to an employee assistance programme, who are there to provide support for employees emotional well being. There are also various organisations which can help: