Adapting to teleworking has not been easy for many people. How to maintain mental health and well-being at work in this context?
Robert Walters, a consultant specializing in the search and selection of middle managers and executives, published the Guide to Protecting Mental Health and Well-being at Work in Remote Environments.
The tips it suggests are:
1 Create a definitive space that surpasses your office
Having an organized and enjoyable work space helps to maintain a productive, positive and motivated mentality. It is preferable to have a designated work space as this involves fewer distractions and a better separation between your personal and professional life.
2 A routine away from the "burn out"
In order to achieve a sense of "normalcy", try to follow your usual work routine as much as possible. Set an alarm to wake you up, get dressed, have a cup of coffee with peace of mind or practice exercise before work - it is important to keep your daily rituals, structure your day effectively and organized to feel safe, in control and calm.
3 Distancing does not equal isolation
"We recommend that you find ways to maintain frequent communication with your co-workers, but also with your family and friends, and that you leave your home - always respecting prevention and safety measures - as much as possible so that you are not locked up at home all week working," consultant suggests .
4 Information is power in its right measure
Being exposed to a lot of negative information can increase your feeling of anxiety. Don't spend so much time with the TV on or watching news about covid-19. The constant flow of information about the pandemic causes concern.
5 Importance of breaks
As in any work environment, taking breaks is extremely important to relax the brain and body. Breaks have been shown to significantly improve a person's productivity levels and ability to concentrate, in addition to being beneficial to mental health.
6 Mindfulness, relaxation, yoga
Many companies offer employee support programs and a wide range of benefits to support their physical and mental well-being, especially since the pandemic began. Take advantage of these tools when you need them. You can also be proactive and look for other activities on your own.
7 Never be afraid to ask for help
If you are experiencing anxiety, moodiness or any other unusual condition, it is important to ask for help before the situation worsens, whether it is from a trusted partner, friend, family member, your own company, your health center or a support organization.