Has the 1 month slump hit you yet?

 

As we head into a month of isolation, people working from home are beginning to feel the effects as they spend extended time away from their colleagues and familiar work environments. Here at CHESS Connect we’ve had to adapt very quickly to a ‘new normal’ of working from home, during a time where there is uncertainty and stress not just at work, but in our personal lives as well.

Maybe not much has changed for you, or maybe everything has. Maybe it is weeks since you enjoyed the usual morning banter of ‘good mornings’ with your work mates where you swapped stories and wished each other well for the day.

Maybe you had been expecting the ‘work from home’ direction for a while, or maybe it caught you by surprise.

Whatever your situation, you are probably working in a vastly different way right now than you were just a few weeks ago in early March. There has been a lot of change to what we do and how we do it, and the change has happened very quickly. If you haven’t hit a bit of a mood slump yet it is likely that it will hit soon… and that is normal, ok and expected.

Why are we telling you this?

 
We are telling you because we want you to recognise it for what it is – a temporary slump in mood that comes with adjusting to such big shifts in our lives.

We are telling you because we want you to know it is normal – most of us will experience it.

We are telling you so you don’t beat yourself about feeling this way.

We are telling you because if you know it is coming you can make a plan so that it impacts you less and you can come out of it sooner.

Why is this happening now?

 
This mood slump is happening now because at this point, a few weeks in, we are starting to move out of active response mode and we are settling in to the new normal. The adrenaline, problem solving, decision making and urgency are starting to subside as we set up our work environments, master (most) of the new technology and get used to how we do our jobs and handle our daily lives in new ways. Our brains and bodies now have the time and space to have the responses they couldn’t let out earlier. Maybe it’s anger, frustration, sadness, tiredness or a low general mood – whatever it is accept it and don’t judge yourself. Let yourself feel the feelings and then get going on doing the things you need to do to feel better. For me that has meant getting really deliberate with reaching out and connecting with colleagues to say good morning with an email and a GIF. Find what works for you.

What will help?

 
All the usual Self Care strategies you have in your toolbox will help you right now.

Some of our favourites are:

  • Making social connections a priority
  • Looking after your physical health
  • Writing
  • Looking for the good and the beauty that is all around

What are your favourite go-to self care strategies to deal with isolation?

To everyone who has been effected by COVID-19 – you are not alone! Whether you’ve found yourself looking for work, or your support services disrupted – we are here for you!

Enquire today about what supports you maybe eligible for:

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About Emily Dever
Emily Dever is the Workplace Wellness Manager at CHESS. She has a background in Psychology and Employment Services, is passionate about mental health and wellbeing and is a self confessed chocolate lover.