January is known as the month of New Year’s resolutions, a recommitment to healthier eating habits, a reboot to regular exercise, and the hopeful promise of a fresh start to the next 12 months. It also introduces: failed resolutions, post-Christmas spending credit card bills, dark and cold winter days, and something called ‘Blue Monday’.
The third Monday of January is known as the most depressing day of the year or ‘Blue Monday’. This year we have a few new elements added to an already challenging month: a second wave of the pandemic, social isolation, and virtual meeting fatigue. Mix in known depression and anxiety-provoking triggers such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) along with Blue Monday and the result is a month chock-full of potential mental health challenges.
For employers dealing with remote work arrangements, communication challenges add yet another layer of complexity to January’s already fraught climate. People are ‘Zoomed-out’, burnt out and dealing with more economic and financial volatility than ever before.
Leaders are tasked with finding ways to help employees set healthy remote work/home life boundaries and pursue the help they need to survive during these uncertain times.
When communicating via virtual meeting platforms like Zoom, there is the ability to pick up some but not all of a person’s nonverbal cues. Now more than ever, it is important to provide quick tips and resources for employees facing increased pressure on their mental health especially when the signs aren’t easily noticeable.
We’ve provided ideas related to mental health in past blog posts and, here, we’re focused on breathing, meditation and mindfulness for anxiety and stress reduction for employees.
No one can pour from an empty cup and it is hard to stay focused on customer service, innovation, and meeting deadlines when you’re mentally drained or weighed down with worries. These tips aren’t intended to be a cure-all. They are designed to give you ideas for supporting your employees.
Regular reminders, videos and links ensure employees have access to methods they can use to combat the January Blues in both easy and free ways during these challenging times.
We know there is a great deal to consider regarding this topic. Please contact us with your questions and let’s work together and create solutions that work best for you and your organization.