19 March

Your mental health matters right now

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This is Me, our mental health initiative, is committed to supporting those who live in the City and beyond with their wellbeing.

Now, more than ever, this is important.

The onset of COVID-19 is having a big impact on the lives of everyone, and this includes our mental health. We believe that it is important to keep prioritising your own wellbeing at this challenging time.

Here are some of our top tips to maintaining good mental health right now.

  • Many organisations are encouraging employees to work from home. This brings its own challenges. It’s easy to feel isolated, without the company of your colleagues. We would encourage you to have regular check ins, set up a WhatsApp or Slack group, and stay connected. This applies to your social life too. Make plans to video chat with people or groups you’d normally see in person.
  • It’s important to keep healthy. Eat a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins, and get your five a day. Stay hydrated, and get some fresh air when you can. A healthy body not only boosts your immune system, but makes it easier to deal with stresses and strains.
  • Keep talking. Reach out to supportive people in your life, and have a chat. It’s ok to be worried, but keeping those thoughts and feelings inside won’t help. Find a trusted friend or colleague, and talk through things. You might find you’re feeling similar things, and can support each other. You can use the Wellbeing in the Workplace online tool to learn skills to listen to each other.
  • Do stay connected with current events, but be careful where you get news and health information from. Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources. Social media can be a great way to keep in touch with people, but too much can cause anxiety. Consider limiting your use, or avoiding certain groups or pages, have regular breaks, and mute and avoid anything that is triggering.

It’s natural to feel anxious. These are difficult times, and the outcome unknown. But by implementing some small actions and approaches, we can be resilient.

For more information about This is Me head here.

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