18 May Don’t neglect the homeworkers in the rush back to work How are you doing? It’s a simple question, but one that can be taken for granted and so not asked! With lockdown continuing into week nine for most of us, there is little indication of when homeworkers will be returning to their offices. It is worth taking a little time to complete a mental health review. Ask yourself how are you feeling? People’s answers may reveal much, such as in this case: To be honest I have found myself in a slump over the last week and wanted to share some of the techniques that have helped me. Firstly, let me explain how I felt, a loss of motivation to do anything, and if I am honest very emotional. I spend the weekend sleeping late and, on the sofa, watching tv. But as they say, today is a new day and I have decided to take control of my isolation and get back into a structure that I can live with and that will help me to shake off the negativity. Today I was up at 6.15 am to complete an early morning run (week 2 of couch to 10K, they tell me it gets easier). I reached out to a colleague and had a catch-up, it helped me to hear that others are going through the same things and are there to support. I have scheduled my week, so I know what I am doing every day and what needs to complete by the end of the week. Just these simple steps have made me feel better and a lot happier. Tips to support your mental wellbeing Do not be too hard on yourself Do exercise daily – those endorphins help your mood Speak to others, your colleagues, friend, family Schedule your days/weeks Get a good night’s sleep Try to eat a healthy diet Remember if you are struggling, ask for help. A few weeks ago (back in early April), we delivered a Mental Health Webinar it may be time to revisit that subject! Everyone’s shift is to re-opening a business and not those who are still homeworking.