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Maintaining Safe Mental and Physical Wellbeing

The content in this post was originally published by Eastern Alliance.

With no clear end to COVID-19, social distancing and remote work are still common to some degree among many workforces. As we all venture through this time, it’s still vital to consider and promote the mental and physical wellbeing of all employees.

It can be difficult when working from home or away from the office not to feel isolated and cut off. Some employees may also be feeling anxious, afraid, or alone due to social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak. It’s important to remind these employees that even if their remote work is only temporary, keeping up with their mental and physical wellbeing is as important as it has ever been. Here are some strategies you can offer your employees to keep them safe and healthy during this time.

Mental Health Strategies
• Take occasional breaks from work throughout the day to get fresh air, have a conversation with a family member, or to do something you enjoy. This will help you refocus and improve productivity.
• Focus on the health and well-being of you and your loved ones. This may help ease your mind of the situation that is unfolding around us.
• Take time to do activities you enjoy at home after work. Whether it’s reading a book, gardening, taking a walk, this can help ease the frustration of a quarantine.
• Try to connect with family and friends over the phone. Talking through your difficulties with loved ones is a positive way to improve your mental health during this temporary situation.
• Stay involved with your community and up to date on any true information that may be surfacing. It is important to stay informed, however, finding the facts plays a large role in maintaining good mental health.
• Try to keep a regular routine of things you can do to keep yourself busy at home.
• Reach out to a mental health professional via the phone or video chat to address any mental health issues as needed.

Physical Health Strategies
• Take occasional breaks from work to stretch and walk around, this will help improve blood flow and productivity.
• Focus on a healthy diet, try to avoid eating too many non-perishable food items and fast food.
• Drink a lot of water throughout the day to remain hydrated. It is easy to forget to hydrate when working from home, but this will have a large effect on your productivity and overall well-being.
• Keep the same sleep schedule as you have always had, 6-8 plus hours of sleep at night is encouraged to keep up with your physical health.
• Exercise, even with gyms being closed for the foreseeable future, find what works for you and try to get 30 to 60 minutes of exercise a day – even if it is just getting outside for a walk (while maintaining proper social distancing).
• Reach out to a health and fitness coach or dietician for specific information on what you can do from home to keep up with your physical health.