Posted on: 07 April 2020

How to keep your mind healthy

In March 2020, the government decided to close down all but essential businesses in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. This meant that many workers in the UK found themselves working from home for the first time, which can seem like a novel experience at first, but as it continues, could impact your mental health.

Carry on reading to find out how to look after your mental health whilst working from home.

Looking after your mental health

1. Keep a regular routine

To help keep a sense of normality in your working day, try and keep the regular routine that you have for any other working day.

Don’t be tempted to turn your alarm off and roll out of bed 10 minutes before you’re meant to start work, take breaks and finish working when you usually would at work and make sure that when you have finished work, you take time for yourself.

You should also end your day by going to bed at a time that you usually would, ensuring that you get in a good night’s sleep for the next day.

2. Communicate with colleagues, friends and family

If you are used to working with a team on a daily basis, you could start to experience feelings of isolation when working from home.

Being removed from people that you regularly spend time with may leave you with feelings such as loneliness or anxiety, which can lead to further complicated mental health conditions.

Take time out of your day to keep in touch with your colleagues, friends or family members. You can either speak over the phone, use instant messages, or make video calls using Facetime, Whatsapp, Skype, or one of the many online meeting websites.

Speak to your manager or mental first aider, if you have one, about how you are feeling as they may be able to help. Also, why not suggest arranging a weekly team meeting to maintain regular contact with colleagues and stay focused on team work priorities.

3. Exercise

Exercise has been linked to good mental health, due to the release of endorphins, a hormone that has been found to stave off anxiety or feelings of depressing. Because exercise is so important, the government has provided guidelines which suggests that people can exercise outdoors once a day, so use this as an opportunity to get out for a walk, run or bike ride.

Even just a short 15 minute walk at lunchtime will allow you to get moving and take in some fresh air, but there are plenty of options available if you want to undertake more rigorous workouts at home. Take a look at the NHS website or other free online workouts on YouTube, such as Joe Wicks or Les Mills. If you are a member of a gym, check if they are offering online classes or personal training sessions instead whilst they are temporarily closed.

4. Get dressed

When working from home, it can be too tempting to spend the day wearing pyjamas or loungewear. Getting dressed into your usual work wear has been found to give you more motivation for the day and get you in the right mind-set for work.

You don’t necessarily have to wear a full suit and tie, but just wearing a t shirt and jeans will help you feel more like you are in a work place than relaxing at home.

5. Take regular breaks

Taking regular short breaks can also help to keep you motivated throughout the day. These short breaks will allow you to refocus on your work whilst also taking some time out to get a drink or a snack, speak to friends and family or stretch your legs and take some exercise.

Whilst at home, take a quick 5 minute break for ever half an hour that you are working. This is known as the Pomodoro technique.

6. Keep your mind active

Working from home can play havoc with your routine, so understandably, you might be a bit all over the place for a while. Keep your mind active by taking some time to do some puzzles.

Adult colouring in, Sudoku, jigsaw puzzles or even Lego could help to keep you switched on at a time when your mind could be starting to wander. If you don’t have any of these puzzles, there are many brain training and mindfulness apps that you can download which might also help.

Charity partnership with Mind

In 2019, Premierline’s parent company, Allianz UK, signed a three year partnership with mental health charity, Mind and have pledged to raise £1 million.

Mind have some great tips and support on their website on how to maintain good mental health whilst the coronavirus is disrupting UK businesses.

Business support from Premierline

To help you and your business during these unprecedented circumstances, Premierline has taken some steps to ensure that we can continue to offer our award-winning service.

All Premierline employees are now working from home, but our teams are well equipped to be able to answer your questions and help to support your business whilst the coronavirus pandemic continues. We have published answers to many frequently asked questions and our revised contact details on our customer information page.

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