In recent years, the third Monday in January has become known as ‘Blue Monday’, so-called because it is thought to be the gloomiest day of the year.
However, it is important to highlight that ‘Blue Monday’ is a myth and that good days and bad days are individual to everyone. Nevertheless, it can be seen as an opportunity to check in on your mental health and think about the things that you can do to protect it. In fact, Samaritans have decided to turn the day on its head, and re-name it ‘Brew Monday’, by encouraging people to get together (virtually) for a cuppa and a chat.
At Porterhouse, as a busy healthcare communications agency, we are very aware of the importance of mental wellbeing – not just on ‘Blue Monday’, but every day – and for this reason we have a team of trained Mental Health First Aiders, Richard, Rebecca and Rose, to help support the wellbeing of the Porterhouse family.
Now, with our staff working from home because of the current COVID-19 situation, it is more important than ever to think about how to look after our mental and physical wellbeing, and to stay connected. Remote working can be challenging in more ways than one, especially for long periods of time, so it is important that we keep communicating as a company and attending virtual meetings and calling, rather than just relying on emails to get through this difficult time.
Here are some tips for staying productive and socially connected, and looking after your physical and mental health while working from home:
👍 Get up and ready for the working day – set an alarm, shower and get out of your pyjamas!
👍 Set up a dedicated workspace
👍 Arrange video and telephone calls to catch-up with your team (including our much-loved tradition of ‘beer o’clock’ on a Friday, which has now gone virtual.)
👍 Schedule regular breaks throughout the day
👍 Ask for help if you are struggling (our mental health first aiders are available virtually while working from home)
👍 Stay active – stretch, go for a walk or workout at home
👍 Eat a healthy diet
👍 Maintain boundaries – make that mental transition between work and home
👍 Be kind to yourself
Stay safe and remember to reach out, check in with your colleagues and stay connected!
If you need someone to talk to, you can contact a Samaritan for free at any time on 116 123.
If you would like more information about our mental health first aid service or other initiatives that we have adopted to look after the Porterhouse family, please get in touch.