Maintaining mental health important for professionals: Hays

Tracy Li
Whether sharing space or being alone, people who are working remotely can easily experience stress and depression. One recruiter offers tips for coping during difficult times.
Tracy Li

Working remotely or in a climate of crisis for a long period of time has the potential to negatively impact people’s mental health, and professionals are advised to maintain their wellbeing during times of crisis.

The COVID-19 outbreak remains a global concern that impacts the way people live and work. And social distancing measures have become the new normal for both businesses and individuals, with many employees still being required to work from home after an extended period of time.

For professionals, recruitment firm Hays said they should not be too hard on themselves when they have moments of stress and depression during long periods of crisis, isolation and detachment.

“Acknowledge this but remind yourself that lockdown measures will eventually come to an end,” said Rosemary Lemon, group head of rewards at Hays.

“Make sure you maintain connections and talk to someone – everyone around the world is in the same situation. You are not alone, and it helps to share experiences and worries,” He noted.

During lockdown or periods of crisis, maintaining a good work-life balance can be difficult to achieve, but office workers are advised to try to separate home and work life.

“Try to sit quietly in a separate room and tell people you just need a little time and space on your own, as everyone does now and then. Just having a few minutes for you may bring a moment of calm and recharge your batteries,” according to Lemon.

Staying connected with family and friends via video, chat and text is also vital for people living on their own, according to Hays.

“We are in this together and chatting about it and ensuring we keep our friendships is really important.”

Professionals are using technology more than ever before and while it is essential for working and keeping in contact with people, it’s equally important to take a break, get up and exercise when you can, Hays adds.

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