As people all over the world transition to working from home for the time being, it is essential to continue to take care of your mental health during this uncertain era.
Social isolation seems inevitable at this point, but there are ways to remain connected with others through technology, whether it be a video conferencing tool or instant messaging system.
Now more than ever, it is important to connect with your coworkers even if you didn’t normally socialize with them in the past. Try creating conversation zones via email, Slack or other messaging tools that focus solely on topics outside of work deadlines, projects and the virus itself.
When you are connecting on a professional level, make sure to incorporate some fun elements to keep workers engaged. This could be as simple as starting off meetings by asking people to share the highlight of their week.
If you find that the state of the world is damaging to your mental health, try out one of the many wellness apps, such as Headspace or Calm, or telehealth options to manage your anxieties. Using such resources can help you practice mindfulness exercises whenever is convenient for you, and keep you grounded when things feel rocky.
Making self-care a priority is just as important as achieving work goals. Set certain self-care goals that make you feel good, whether that be playing an instrument or doodling for ten minutes. There are various apps that can give you ideas about fun things to do at home, such as SuperBetter.