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This page has a variety of resources that can be used in your workplace, or just for your general interest.

Tackling work-related stress using the Management Standards approach A step-by-step workbook – click the HSE icon

Looking after your Mental Health – Corona & work

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, you may be working from home, leaving your home to go to work or on ‘furlough’ (temporary leave).

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In any of these situations, you may find it hard to look after your mental health and wellbeing. For example, you may be working longer hours, be under pressure, have childcare responsibilities or find it difficult to cope with minimal social contact.

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Free download guide.

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 Is part of a partnership that has created a new virtual wellbeing hub aimed at promoting positive mental health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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For all your staff needs, be it pre-employment screening,
absence management, complex case management to mental health assessments our Nurses can help your organisation.
Please mention TALKSHARE when calling.

Working from home – Self Care

It’s fair to say that life has become more difficult for everyone. Coronavirus (COVID-19) has changed everything, and we have all had to adjust to new ways of living and working.

There are some perks to working from home that some of us can enjoy (bye bye commute!), but feeling stress, boredom, anxiety and uncertainty is also completely normal. Alongside this, many of us are worried about future job prospects and trying to look after kids as well.

These simple tips can help you while working at home, to feel more productive and take care of your mental health in these difficult times.

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5 WAYS TO WELL-BEING

1. CONNECT

Connecting with people around you. There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world. It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

2.GET ACTIVE

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being. But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good – slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise. Today, why not get physical? Here are a few ideas: Take the stairs not the lift

  • Go for a walk at lunchtime
    Walk into work – perhaps with a colleague – so you can ‘connect’ as well.
  • Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the final part of your journey to work.
  • Organise a work sporting activity.
  • Have a kick-about in a local park
    Do some ‘easy exercise’, like stretching, before you leave for work in the morning.
  • Walk to someone’s desk instead of calling or emailing.

3. TAKE NOTICE

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.
Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you. Here are a few ideas:

  • Get a plant for your workspace.
  • Have a ‘clear the clutter’ day.
  • Take notice of how your colleagues are feeling or acting.
  • Take a different route on your journey to or from work.
  • Visit a new place for lunch.

4. LEARN

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.
The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
Why not learn something new today? Here are a few more ideas:

  • Find out something about your colleagues
  • Sign up for a class
  • Read the news or a book
  • Set up a book club
  • Do a crossword or Sudoku
  • Research something you’ve always wondered about
  • Learn a new word.

5. GIVING

Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing

TIPS FOR REFRAMING

Write down your thoughts.

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Start fact-checking yourself.

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Switch from asking, “Is this true?” to “Is this helpful?”

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Ask yourself what you’d say to a friend with the same thought.

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Go for realistic, not positive.

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Swap “finding the bright side” with “finding meaning.”

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Turn a thought into an action you think will make you feel better.

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Stick with reframing strategies for at least a week before you decided it isn’t working.

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Know when “reframing” isn’t the best tool.

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useful questions that might help indicate a person maybe struggling

Are you working over or extra hours?

(Many people have been working from home and had significant issues around planning and self-care)

How are you managing to keep active? (Weight gain has increased exponentially and people may have developed related issues, diabetes etc)

(Always ask twice!) Are you sure there is nothing you want to share? (For many people talking about pent up feelings & emotions has been a new thing – hence asking twice)

Have you missed things during the lockdown? (Maybe lost something job, loved ones etc)

Has there been a highlight of your day? (Again, probing will help identify issues and tell the person you care enough by probing)

Do you find things enjoyable? (Probing gently to see how the person fills their day and if they experience any positive emotions/negative.

What music puts you in a good mood? (For many people music has become even more important – but it can sometimes be a double-edged sword in terms of moods & types of music)

What do you do to relax after a busy day? For many working from home has been challenging and could be quite isolating. It is important to probe as to what people do to relax outside of work & home.

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