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27/04/2020 - Smart TMS
In light of the devastating impact of quarantine on our work-life balance, depression and anxiety specialists Smart TMS have launched a free mental health helpline to provide support for those struggling with mental health concerns brought about by Covid-19.
The helpline provides callers with an opportunity to directly book up to five 30-minute appointments with one of Smart TMS’ qualified mental health practitioners, and receive support and advice on how to manage their mental health concerns, as early as the next day. This provides a vital alternative to oversubscribed NHS talking therapies and other charity helplines, whose waiting lists stretch from several weeks to over 6 months.
UK: +44 (0) 20 3855 4578
Ireland: +353 1 592 3560
Lines open Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm
CEO of Smart TMS, Gerard Barnes discusses burnout in quarantine and provides tips to avoid it: “Work-life balance has long been a key issue for many workers in Britain, but the sudden transformation of working life brought about by Covid-19 and indefinite lockdown measures has left millions grappling with the dangers of presenteeism. Long working hours and constant access to phones and laptops has created a culture where employees are ‘always-on’ often to the detriment of their wellbeing and productivity, and the necessity of working from home has blurred the lines of this balance even further.
“We must understand that the current working conditions forced upon Britain’s employees will severely impact the nation’s mental health and perception of work. This can have dire consequences for employees and the wider economy as people leave jobs more frequently and the talent pool shrinks. It is therefore of paramount importance that business decision makers are sensitive to the health and wellness of their employees, and equally important that the employees themselves are able to disconnect and successfully manage their mental health.
“With this in mind, Smart TMS have launched a free, national helpline to provide support and advice to anyone struggling with the effects of lockdown on their mental wellbeing, and encourage workers to seek the help they need. In the meantime, here are a few tips from the team at Smart TMS for those struggling with their work-life balance to manage their mental wellbeing”:
Take Breaks It may seem counterintuitive when working from home, but proper breaks are essential to maintain focus and produce good quality work. Getting up from your desk to take a few breaths, stretch and disconnect for even a few moments will help you to maintain productivity throughout the day and reduce the effects of mounting stress.
Be transparent This is a challenging time for all, and managers and decision makers are under extreme pressure to maintain the success of the company. Check-in with your manager when you need to, and be as transparent as you can with your daily workload – this will help to alleviate their concerns, build more trust, and will ultimately lead to a better working relationship and working conditions.
Know when to sign off, and stick to it – Working from home indefinitely makes it extremely hard to maintain a proper work-life balance, so knowing when to sign off, and prioritising your personal care, is essential. Putting in 16-hour days may seem like what your boss wants, but it will only lead you to burn out. It is of course important to work hard and remain as productive as possible throughout the day, but it is vital to ensure that when the time comes to sign out, you prioritise your health and wellbeing first.
Stay Active When confined to your office and home at the same time, it is important to make sure that you stay active. Whilst it is impossible to go to a gym, we highly recommend taking advantage of the hour of outdoors exercise permitted by the government, as well as engaging in moderate exercise at home, ideally for 30 minutes a day. Exercise is one of the best ways to fight symptoms of mental health problems, and people who are less physically active are more at risk of anxiety and depression.
Eat well and stay hydrated – Make sure to think about your diet carefully – this is vital to both your physical and mental health. Extended periods of working from home and presenteeism will undoubtedly affect your mood and energy levels, so be sure to eat healthily and drink enough water to ensure your body is in its best condition.”
If you would be interested in speaking to Gerard or learning more from Smart TMS, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
For further information visit the Smart TMS website.
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