Mental Health and Coping Tips – Wexner Medical Center – The Ohio State University

Employees are no doubt unsettled. Many are dealing with their personal ties and losses to COVID-19, major disruptions in child care, fears of losing their jobs and overall uncertainty about what the coming months and years may look like.

Those who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include front-line and essential workers as well as those who have lost their jobs, had their work hours reduced, or had other major changes to their employment.

Stress during COVID-19 is something to take seriously. It may cause:

Encourage your employees to talk about how they are feeling, and watch for symptoms of their stress:

When stress becomes too much, there are resources for help. Make sure your employees are aware of your employee assistance program resources, and post and share these resources from the CDC to help those who may be struggling or experiencing a crisis. In an emergency, call 911.

Remember to take it easy on yourself. This is hard. Right now, the duration of this pandemic is unknown, and there are many factors that will ultimately determine the path of this illness. Taking time for a deep breath is important. Working smarternot harderis important.

Right now, the duration of this pandemic is unknown. There are many factors that will ultimately determine the path of this illness. Taking time for a deep breath is important. Working smarternot harderis important.

We need to think differently about what were prioritizing and how we can best meet the increased demand for care, social distancing and other unique stressors. Its time to think outside of the box, especially when things are chaotic and are beginning to feel out of control. Its OKask for support, evaluate your needs and adjust your coping skills in a way that will help you to move forward.

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