With everything going on including the continuous extension of the Victorian lockdown, many of us are feeling there is no end in sight. Now I’m not a mental health specialist by any means, but I find myself having conversations daily with candidates and clients who are feeling this lull in their lives/careers and thought I would give my ‘two cents’ on the topic.
We are facing an era of feeling disconnected, disengaged and isolated even if you are still working as part of a team virtually. If you’re comfortable speaking to your direct managers and other team members; they may be feeling similarly and would like the opportunity to talk about their feelings on the matter too.
Your mental health is important and if you need to take a day or two as mental health days; by all means, do it. Whatever helps you get through these challenging times. This could be a good opportunity for you to learn something different, whether that’s within your current workplace such as engage with other teams on a new project or partake in something that isn’t in your normal realm of work OR consider learning a new skill such as baking or yoga.
As a society, we are continually striving to be the best of the best. However, in order to do so, we have to be in optimal environments and be in a setting where we feel most productive, comfortable, and collaborative with others. Working from home isn’t that place for some people, and they are finding themselves becoming disengaged with their work. Recently, I’m hearing that important topics, such as mental health and general support aren’t happening within business units OR collaboration isn’t happening as frequently as it once would because working ‘online’ all the time can become a drag.
Like a lot of people, I have personally tried to set boundaries AND small goals for each day that aren’t always work-related. These typically are small wins to ensure I’m still feeling somewhat myself when I don’t have the normal de-stressing activities/sports that would usually help these challenging moments.
As a team here at Planned Resources, we try and have a weekly/ fortnightly catch up, very appropriately called F**K it’s Friday! This is a great time to get together with everyone and discuss the wins, losses and potential learning curves for the week usually with a drink in hand (coffee, tea or a beer, whatever tickles our fancy). Also, it’s a great time to talk through the stresses we might be experiencing whilst working from home (in a lockdown!).
If you’re feeling like things are getting you down or you feel isolated, give a friend/family/colleague or one of the help services in the link below a call to talk it through; sometimes getting it off your chest is the best way to relieve that stress.
0451 118 717