Coronavirus: Mental Health

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Coronavirus: Mental Health Coping Strategies, National Alliance on Mental Illness Blog, March 20, 2020.

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Coronavirus: Mental Health Treatment, National Alliance on Mental Illness Blog, April 15, 2020.

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Coronavirus: Building Mental Health Resilience, National Alliance on Mental Illness Blog, May 1, 2020.

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Tips for employees working from home (WTH)

More employees are working from home than ever in response to the pandemic. As we all know this change was unexpected with little time for a transition. Anything new is difficult, but these tips might help you work from home. Develop a reasonable work schedule setting aside time to ease into the workday with a morning coffee, meditation, exercise. Include breaks throughout the day, including fixed lunch and afternoon breaks. Coordinate your schedule with work colleagues to facilitate meetings. Dress in business casual. Allocate a space to be exclusively used for work, private, and free of distractions. Make sure you have good and reliable technology — some companies will offer assistance with this. Ask management to set realistic work expectations and goals, ways to monitor and measure, and regular check-ins. Keep connected with work colleagues on a personal level, have those water cooler chats by Zoom. Have a virtual coffee break or lunch. At the beginning of a meeting have a personal check-in. This will help with loneliness. Also, keep connected with friends and family when feeling lonely. Regular self-care is critical — do everything you’d normally do to keep well, but a little extra. Ask your supervisor for support if you start to feel emotional distress, ask them what employer support there is such as Employee Assistance Programs. Set clear boundaries between work and life. Don’t work beyond a set time. Develop a plan to address family matters that might come up during the workday. WFH is likely to continue for a while given expected ongoing social distancing requirements limiting full employee capacity in the office even once return to office starts. WFH has many benefits if you can successfully manage it.

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