Looking after your mental health while working at home

World Health Day 2020 fell on April 7th and, as we continue to adjust to this new normal, it has never seemed timelier for us to be thinking about not only our physical health but also our mental health.

Paul Michael, PIM's QHSE Manager, has these tips for anyone working from home during the coronavirus pandemic:

Switch off - mentally and from technology

This is more important now than it has ever been. We all need to be careful to only consume information on coronavirus from reputable sources and to avoid reading, watching and/or listening to everything that is available.

Focus on what you can control

While these are worrying times there are many things which are outwith our control. We should focus on the things we can affect and try to tackle them rationally. It may also help to feel that you are doing something, if so there's a number of local and national initiatives looking for volunteers.

Ask for help

Don't be afraid to ask for help. At PIM, our people can get in touch with our mental health first aiders if they feel they need support. Your organisation may well have something similar in place.

A picture is worth a thousand words

We should all be making use of the technology available to us and where possible video calling colleagues and clients, this can be vital in helping us all to feel connected to those outside our households.

Set boundaries

Don't be lulled in to sitting at your computer all day long. Remember to take regular breaks from the screen and also, as per the government guideline's, get outside once a day for some exercise.