Prioritising your mental wellbeing during lockdown

It’s no secret that the past few weeks have been a little tough on us all…

The lockdown has created a lot of uncertainty about the events industry and working from home again has brought upon its own unique set of challenges. Whether it be trying to juggle work and homeschooling or just trying to stay positive and motivated. There is one thing for sure, we need to focus on our own mental health and wellbeing.

So to do this we caught up with Corporate Wellbeing Specialist Carli Phillips to discuss how we can look after our mental wellbeing during lockdown.

 

What are some ways that we can look after our mental wellbeing during a lockdown?

Be gentle on yourself.  Focus on self care as your top priority.  Take a daily walk, cook some nutritious veggie soup or bake some fresh bread.  Book in some virtual coffee breaks with friends, get plenty of sleep or try a short yoga video on YouTube.  Find joy in the little things, such as board games, creating photo books, jigsaw puzzles, painting, drawing, planting some seeds or having a family trivia night!

Adopt a new mindset.  Say to yourself “I accept the uncertainty.”  Acknowledging there will be some unknowns can help to reduce anxiety and boost our resilience.  By focusing less on the future, we can turn our attention to being safe and well today.  This will help keep us calm and in control.

Do you have any tips for those of us working from home?

Set up your home environment.  If you are working from a home office, hang up your office hours on the door and stick to them!  If you are using a shared space, such as a kitchen, be sure to pack up at the end of your day to help you switch off.  Shut down your laptop and put it out of sight.  As a minimum, commit to a few screen-free hours each day.  This digital detox will help you relax and unwind.

Are there any support services that we can access at this time?

Be honest with a close friend or family member about how you are really feeling.  It’s OK to ask for support.  Your GP is a great place to start.  They can provide you with a mental health plan if needed.  There are also plenty of mental health services available by phone or online.  It is well worth exploring these websites as they have some great tools to boost your overall health & mental wellbeing.

Here you can check out some of Carli’s recommended services.

 

Finally, Carli what is your personal daily ritual for managing stress? 

Selfcare, selfcare, selfcare.  I’m an early bird, so I hit the deck pretty early to ensure I get plenty of sleep.  I start the day with some yoga or walking and try to avoid screens before my workday begins.  I prep my meals and snacks for the day and fill up bottles of water to put on my desk.  This includes fruit, veggies, nuts, seeds, dark chocolate and lots of tea!

I work in 1 hour blocks of time for important work and take 5 minute breaks in between.  Walk and talk phone calls keep my energy high during the day.  I close my workday with inbox zero (yes to empty!) and tick off my achievements for the day before switching off my devices.  Then it’s downtime with my family, lots of food, a bit of TV and I finish the day with my favourite ritual – a hot bath and reading my tower of books!

 

Would you like to know more? 

We hope you’ve found these tips helpful. If you would like to learn more about employee wellbeing programs, you can find Carli at Corporate Wellbeing Hub.

 

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