The psychological and emotional toll the COVID-19 has taken and continues to take on workers is significant. You can help your employees and yourself find moments of peace and joy among the chaos and stress. Here are a few ideas:
- FaceTime a friends or family. Consider having a room with computers that employees can use to connect with their loved ones during breaks. Remember that not all staff have the technology at home, so they may appreciate an opportunity to enjoy videoconferencing with their loved ones. This can be a tremendous boost to weary people.
- Go for a walk. As long as social distancing is maintained, fresh air and sunshine can make a big difference.
- Don’t underestimate the value of music. Sing in the shower, on your way to work, and anywhere else the mood strikes you. Make sure employees and residents have access to music they love. Instead of the news, put on a playlist first thing in the morning.
- Order in dessert. Order some special treats from a local restaurant/bakery that is still offering delivery. Don’t forget to tip generously!
- Do nothing. When you have breaks, don’t feel like you need to be doing something every minute. Let the laundry go, let non-urgent emails wait. Take a deep breath and relax without guilt.
- Whether you do it publicly with others or privately, a little uninhibited movement can be revitalizing.
- Share what you have. If you have extra food, water, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, or other items, consider sharing them with employees and colleagues who need them. Start a food bank for low-wage employees who might be struggling.