Media about COVID-19 has been filling our lives for months now. Every day there are more cases, deaths, and procedures that need to be incorporated into our new normal. Work as we know it has been turned on its head from an increased number of employees working from home, to new safety recommendations in the workplace. All in all, there is so much about the coronavirus that can make you and your employees feel overwhelmed. Here are some ways to feel less overwhelmed:
Turn Off the News
The news right now has a lot of distressing information and statistics to give you, but not a lot of comfort. If you are feeling overwhelmed, consider turning off the news for awhile. It’s likely that you won’t miss anything important and you will feel less overwhelmed by the constant feed of information.
Also, in your workplace you should try to share good media. This can be in the form of books, tv shows, movies, or even inspirational quotes. Focusing on the good in your office can help everyone to feel less overwhelmed by current events.
Share only Necessary Information
Be careful about how much COVID-19 information you share with employees. Focus on information from trusted sources that helps keep employees safe. The CDC and OSHA have reliable resources for employers. You can also check out our COVID-19 resources at www.helpside.com/covid-19.
Reach Out to Your Teammates
So much has been cancelled in the wake of COVID-19. This includes time spent with friends and family. Being separated from those you care about can take a mental toll on everyone. Take time to reach out to your friends and teammates at work to ask them how they are holding up under the social distancing requirements. These quick check ins will help you to form relationships even when you can’t be around people. Checking in on others will help to reduce feelings of loneliness and helplessness. It will also help you to feel more secure and less overwhelmed.
Practice Self Care
With life and work in chaos, you may be tempted to work too hard to make things right. However, you will only be hurting yourself in the long run if you don’t take time to take care of yourself and maintain good work-life balance. Make sure to exercise and eat healthy food. Additionally, try to make time for calming activities such as meditation, yoga, or journaling. These calming activities are quick and easy to do if you start feeling overwhelmed at work. Doing these things will help put life into perspective and will keep you from feeling overwhelmed.
Share these tips with your employees and use them yourself to help you get through this unique time.