How are you? Are you coping well with the COVID-19 situation while working? How is your mental health right now?
These are some of the questions commonly asked by people around you in this time of the pandemic.
COVID-19 brought many unexpected changes to the world that affected us all. The pandemic made a massive impact on our working conditions. Because of this, our physical and emotional health have also been affected.
So we now have two types of work set-up: work from home and work on-site.
Women have always faced unique challenges in the workplace. Imagine adjusting to the new realities brought about by Covid. Hats off to all working moms, especially those with school-age children who are all now learning at home.
A 2020 study on the “Psychological impact of COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines” cites higher levels of stress, anxiety and depression among respondents.
Stress, fatigue, and burnout are common experiences due to current difficult working situations. Loss of interest and passion in your work is not uncommon. You go through the motions of working, finishing a task simply for compliance. This is not good at all for your well-being as a human and as an employee.
How will you be an effective employee if you’ve lost your passion and interest in your work?
Before you start worrying, you need to know these things. The following will help working women manage mental health and reduce the stressful effects of the pandemic.
- Monitor your physical health. Eat but do not overeat. Balance is the key. Your body will not be able to function if you do not eat properly. Practice eating a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables or nuts most especially when working late. Take time to do exercises such as aerobic or yoga to strengthen your body and nourish your mind.
- Manage your working space. If you work from home, arrange a functional space where you can avoid any distractions to focus on your tasks. It is also crucial to make your space a comfortable one, to ensure that your muscles are relaxed.
- Ask for your family’s cooperation. When working from home, make sure that your family understands that you need to focus on work at a set period during the day (or night). They need to know that somebody else within the household needs to step up to manage house chores during your work hours.
- Stay in touch with your support systems. Talking to your family, friends, loved ones or even co-workers would be a great help to reduce your stress. Sharing your thoughts with someone and receiving comfort from them is a great way of taking care of your mental health.
These are just some of the essential things that you can do to take care of your mental health. Always remember that your mental health is as important as your physical health. A healthy you will be able to take better care of your work, your family, and everything else during this pandemic.
National Mental Health Crisis Hotline: https://doh.gov.ph/NCMH-Crisis-Hotline