Employee counselling during COVID-19—how it can help

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Health Assured team

27 July 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has been a collective trauma that has flipped life as we know it onto its head. We have had to adapt to a new style of living very quickly. As well as this, some of us have experienced extreme difficulties; juggling working from home with home-schooling, navigating new safety measures, and being away from our dear ones. Research suggests that 22% of adults with no previous experience of poor mental health have seen their mental health decline during the pandemic. 

The aftermath of trauma can leave us feeling lost, overwhelmed, and unsure how to rebuild our lives. With this comes an onslaught of emotions ranging from anger and anxiety, to sadness, and even loss. The mark that this pandemic will leave on our lives may last for years to come. However, this is expected and is a normal part of the healing process. It is important to remember that there are ways in which we can make sense of our present and our future.  

There are plenty of things that one can do to help look after and maintain good mental health and wellbeing. Self-care is paramount and is just as important as taking care of our physical health. Make sure your basic needs have been met, e.g. eating well and regularly, staying hydrated, keeping active, and getting enough sleep. The 5 Steps to Wellbeing, curated by the NHS, can be used as a framework to get you started. 

Be physically active 

Being active is not only important for physical health, but can do a world of difference for your emotional wellbeing. 

Learn new skills 

Keep your mind active. This can help to keep anxious thoughts and worries at bay.  

Give to others  

Small acts of kindness can help invoke positive, rewarding feelings. This can help to give a sense of purpose.  

Pay attention to the present moment  

Don’t forget to include periods of rest and relaxation, using techniques such as mindfulness.

Connect with other people 

Good relationships are important for mental wellbeing—create a support network with people you trust and who build you up.  

If you are finding that your current emotional wellbeing is difficult to manage and you need further support, help is always available. Counselling is a space where one can explore and work through difficult emotions and experiences. By having a safe, non-judgemental space, one can speak freely about anything that is troubling them or causing them pain and upset. Counselling is also a place where one can challenge and reflect on negative thought patterns or unhealthy behaviours, and work to find a way to live a healthier, happier life.  

You do not have to be at rock bottom to access counselling or therapy. Getting support from a counsellor before reaching crisis point can actually be more beneficial. To get the most out of counselling, a few things to consider: 

  • Whether the type of counselling/therapy is the right choice for you? 
  • What you want to achieve from therapy? 
  • Talking about what is important to you 

To help you with your decision, our counsellors on the telephone support helpline are on hand to support on a 24/7, 365 basis. As much as they are there to listen, they can also work with you to explore short-term solutions and strategies that may help in the moment. Health Assured provide Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, also known as Solution-Focused Therapy. Our approach to psychotherapy is based on building solutions, rather than solving problems. Although it acknowledges present problems and past causes, it predominantly explores an individual’s current resources and future hopes. This helps individuals to look forward and use their own strengths to achieve their goals. It also allows an individual to be able to function in day-to-day life, drawing on their own coping mechanisms with an enhancement of a space to think proactively from a different perspective. 

For more information about the support options available to you, don’t hesitate to get in touch on our 24/7,365 helpline0844 891 0355.  

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