Communication is key. Keep talking to your managers, employees and colleagues to establish how you can work together and support each other throughout the pandemic. If you feel able to do so, share when you’re feeling anxious or unwell and let others know how they can best help you.
Take extra steps to manage your anxiety, if this is already a problem for you. If you suffer from anxiety, especially health anxiety, coronavirus may well tap into this. Find somebody to talk to, whether that’s a mental health ally at work or a member of NABS’ free Advice Line. You might also consider taking up therapy, such as CBT, to help manage your thoughts.
Recognise that your worries, though troubling, are thoughts and not facts. You may be worried about having to exist on sick pay, should you contract the virus, or even about losing your job if coronavirus causes a recession. It’s important to recognise that these worries, though troubling and understandable, aren’t real. Talking through your worries can help. What’s more if the worst happens, NABS will be here with you: we offer free career coaching for jobseekers and support grants for eligible applicants who need financial assistance.
Ward off loneliness with tech. If you end up being quarantined, or even working from home for a long period of time, you might feel isolated and lonely. If you feel well enough, reach out to friends and colleagues; even a five-minute WhatsApp chat or FaceTime can help to make you feel more connected to the outside world. The NABS Advice Line is also always here for you for a friendly chat.
Follow the official advice. Coronavirus is frightening for many reasons, especially because it’s out of our control. However, we can help to protect ourselves as much as we can by following the government guidelines and also those set out by your employer. This helps to prevent additional worry that we might have done the wrong thing and put ourselves at extra risk.