The COVID-19 pandemic has made an unprecedented impact on our lives and continues to affect our mental and physical wellbeing on a daily basis.
We’ve spent months away from our friends and loved ones, seen workplaces, shops, and restaurants close for a considerable length of time, as well as schools and nurseries. The uncertainty continues for many people with further restrictions in place and the potential ‘second peak’ of cases.
Simply put, this year has taken its toll on our mental health. According to mental health charity Mind, more than half of adults (60%) and over two thirds of young people (68%) said their mental health got worse during the lockdown. In a report, Mind has looked at how has the coronavirus pandemic impacted our mental health. Click here to read the report.
Mental Health for All
The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day, which takes place on Saturday 10th October, is ‘Mental Health for All’. In response to the pandemic, the campaign aims to act as a call to action in highlighting the need for greater investment in mental health support.
The campaign reinforces the fact that mental health is a human right and support should be available for all those who require it.
What can you do?
While we are certainly living in challenging times, there are still numerous ways for us to keep on top of our wellbeing. Use World Mental Health Day as an opportunity to focus on your wellbeing, connect with colleagues around you, develop your most meaningful relationships and look after those closest to you.
A Wellness Action Plan (WAP) can assist with this – it is a personalised, practical tool we can all use to help identify what keeps us well, what causes us to become unwell, along with the actions we should put in place to address these. Daily routines, staying connected, eating well and taking exercise apply just as much now as they did at the start of lockdown, arguably more so as we remain in a period of high stress and demands.
The WAP can also be used to help to open dialogue between an employee and their manager, to enable the manager to better understand the individual’s needs and experiences and the support they require which in turn can lead to greater productivity, better performance and increased job satisfaction.
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