Everyone across the grocery industry has done an amazing job going into work during the coronavirus pandemic to keep the nation fed. Whilst you will be looking after your physical health in these uncertain times by washing your hands, covering your face and keeping your distance you must also take time for your mental health.
If you are going into work during coronavirus, you might experience some difficult feelings. These may be new, or things you’ve experienced in the past. There is no right or wrong way to feel or react to your situation, we all react to difficult situations in different ways and that’s why it’s so important to be kind to yourself.
When you’re busy with work and trying to cope with new, unusual circumstances, it might not feel possible to take care of yourself. This may feel even more difficult if you are working long hours or under a lot of pressure. But even doing small things for yourself can make a big difference to your mental wellbeing. Little ways might be making sure you get enough sleep or are keeping in touch digitally with loved ones to have a chat when you can. Another digital help is Woebot, an artificial intelligence counsellor available 24/7 via an app for iPhone or Android.
Woebot lets a user access in the moment emotional support 24/7 to track their mood, identify patterns and give insight into particular issues or concerns that the user may not have realised were causing emotional distress. Woebot can teach the user techniques and tools such as cognitive behavioural therapies or breathing exercises.
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It’s also important you know GroceryAid can support you over the phone too. We offer ‘in the moment’ emotional and practical support for colleagues dealing with anxiety and stress through BACP trained counsellors at the end of the telephone, 24/7 365 days a year so there is always someone to talk to. These services are available to all grocery colleagues and their partners from day one of working in our industry.
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