Woman working at home, taking a phone call while on her laptop
Woman working at home, taking a phone call while on her laptop

Work and your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

This article is adapted from a piece previously published on Beyond Blue’s Heads Up website.

There’s a lot to process when work and living conditions are changing on the daily. So what can you do to balance your mental health when everything around you is changing?

It’s understandable to feel unsettled at this time. Whether you’re a business owner who employs staff or a sole trader, a manager at an organisation or an employee, your workplace may be facing difficult times and it’s normal to consider what that means for you.

There are many actions that employees, managers and business owners should take in their normal everyday lives to protect and nurture their mental health. And these still apply in the current circumstances.

  • Be realistic about what can be achieved.
  • Keep the hours you work in check and be mindful of work-life balance.
  • Stay in touch with family and friends.
  • Eat well, prioritise sleep and stay physically fit.
  • Try and find time to switch off from technology.
  • Monitor warning signs of poor mental health.
  • Reach out to mentors and colleagues for support.
  • Maintain interests outside work.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Access information and support services.
  • Consult your company’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider, if you have one.

Beyond Blue’s Heads Up website has more tips for taking care of yourself and staying well when work and life stress affect your mental health.

Accessing support

If you need assistance please visit the dedicated Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. Trained mental health professionals are available to talk to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via phone.

The Australian Government is providing financial assistance to individuals who have lost their jobs to support themselves and their families.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, the National Debt Helpline offers free financial counselling.

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