Tips for essential workers during the COVID-19 crisis

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Being an essential worker during this pandemic is stressful and demanding. We understand how difficult it can be to have to continue with work, while worrying about your health and that of your family. How can you make this time a little easier on yourself? Here are a few tips.

Being an essential worker during this pandemic is stressful and demanding. We understand how difficult it can be to have to continue with work, while worrying about your health and that of your family. How can you make this time a little easier on yourself? Here are a few tips.

Self-care

It’s important to get some rest and regular exercise during this time. We understand that you’re working long hours and won’t always have the time to do this, but it’ll be helpful to make the time a few days a week. You can also have a look at a few indoor exercise routines to start off with. Eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep will help you avoid burning out.

Take care of your mental health

COVID-19 is new to all of us, so it’s completely normal to feel anxious, stressed, scared and even overwhelmed by the current situation. Taking care of your mental health should be at the top of your priority list. Try filter the noise, like the fake news on social media and all the conspiracy theories. Remember to always acknowledge how you’re feeling and speak to someone when you’re feeling stressed or anxious.

Give yourself credit

You’re working during a pandemic and trying to lead a normal life during a really difficult time. Putting your health on the line to earn a living and provide much needed services for everyone isn’t an insignificant thing – don’t be hard on yourself. You’re human and you won’t always have good days, and that’s okay. A part of maintaining your wellbeing is allowing yourself to go through different feelings and be kind to yourself.

Nurture relationships

Everyone’s adjusting to COVID-19 and all the new regulations. There have been many shifts in people’s lives and not everyone is feeling cheerful and social right now. However, it does help to nurture your relationships. We know you can’t physically be around the people you care about, but phone calls and texts here and there can really cheer you and them up.

Deal with your stressors

We all have things that trigger our stress. It’s important to be aware of these stressors and so you can avoid or deal with them. If you struggle with overthinking, which is understandable right now, maybe you could try meditating to help you get that under control. It might also help to limit the amount of time you spend on news channels, sites and stations and how much time you spent on social media.

Unlike many of us, essential workers are going to work, interacting with colleagues and customers/patients, and possibly dealing with exhaustion or burnout. That’s why it’s extremely important to take time to relieve your stress, get rested and be kind to yourself during this time. Remember, you can always chat to us if you’re feeling under the weather – we’re here to help.

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