When we first realized that COVID-19 pandemic restrictions like social distancing, limited capacities and remote working were becoming the new normal, individuals were encouraged to find new ways of bolstering their mental health and overall well-being amidst these changes. However, it can be challenging to sustain that type of positivity for the long-term, leading to fatigue and frustration.
As more re-openings begin to occur, experts remind us to continue focusing on the basics – making sure that you are eating a healthy diet, getting adequate sleep, and engaging in physical activity that is enjoyable to you. Staying connected with friends and family by phone or video calls can help curb isolation and loneliness as well as distanced gatherings outdoors to get a break from screen time. It’s also important to acknowledge negative feelings, understand what’s behind them, and think about ways to help address them.
At work, there are ways that employers can help the mental health of their employees as well. A 2021 workplace resilience survey from WELCOA and Unmind states that “86% of employers are offering flexible work options as a strategy for combating burnout, but only 31% of employees feel like their employer has taken steps to support their mental health.” The study suggests that the support employees want most is tactical assistance, such as parental and caregiver support, and a fundamental change in the way work is getting done, with a focus on productivity instead of work hours.
Looking forward, we hope that companies will consider and act upon their employees’ requests, as 93% of employers believe employee well-being and support will be critical in attracting and retaining the best talent in the future.
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