01 April 2020

Coping with stress during a crisis

Research shows that fatigue, fear and panic undermine our ability to think clearly and creatively. We’re dealing with unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety and as more people take to working from home, it can feel difficult to take care of mental health and wellbeing.

This April is Stress Awareness Month, and whilst stress isn’t a new pandemic, negative emotions can spread just as quickly as a virus. Looking to avoid this situation, Flagship have introduced innovative ways to keep colleagues connected and support their wellbeing during this time.

Mental health is important to Flagship, with 10% of our employees trained as mental heath first aiders (MHFA), helping to create a stigma-free workplace where we can have open and honest conversations about mental and physical wellbeing.

Lyn Halsted, MHFA Instructor at Flagship said: “During this time we’ve had find new ways to virtually connect employees and make sure they’re ok and dealing the Coronavirus outbreak. Our MHFA’s have been assigned to every colleague across the business, to offer confidential support and advice and are there to chat if needed”.

Stress is a significant factor in mental health problems, as well as physical health. Flagship’s online wellbeing centre provides access to wellbeing resources such as yoga and mindfulness videos and tips to help staff lead healthier lives. 

“We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health, but there is still a stigma surrounding it. Our wellbeing centre focuses on ‘Move, Munch, Money and Mind’ all areas that we believe help employees to lead a balanced life. The mix of physical and mental activities has been received positively by our staff” Lyn continued.  

Talking is also important and so is sharing stories that could help others. We’ve seen an increase in the use of internal networking groups, such as our ‘Parenting Network’, who are sharing advice via Microsoft Teams on the challenges many people face working from home with the addition of their children and new pressure of home schooling.

It’s not always easy to handle stress, especially with everything that is going on. Stress Awareness Month is a time to raise awareness of the causes and cures of stress and come together to connect, support and listen during these difficult times.