Elysium is no different from most Victorian businesses and our staff have been forced to work from home for the majority of the time from the middle of March. The feedback we get from these staff and from our clients, is that they are struggling (especially those in Victoria) with the continued lockdown restrictions and are finding it difficult to maintain a positive outlook as we get so close, but yet so far, from returning to a normal life.
To support our staff, we have been encouraging them to speak honestly and openly with each other of their experiences, to stay connected and to seek help from any networks or sources which they believe will assist them. The response has been pleasing and we have been inundated with podcasts, webinars and general tips and we have been encouraged that our staff have recognised their vulnerability, appreciated the struggles of others and been willing to listen and also offer assistance to each other.
As accountants and business advisors, we certainly are not experts in mental or physical health and everyone should find a path which suits them. However some general tips which we have found to be helpful are: –
- Prioritising time for self-care. Find time to read a book, talk to your family/friends, meditate or generally unwind.
- Try and eat regular, healthy meals
- Make sure you regularly exercise
- Implement a sleep routine and try to go to bed and wake up at similar times each day
Our lives will always involve stress and indeed studies have shown avoiding stress causes more harm than good as it prevents us from building our resilience. However, overworking and not balancing out the stress can lead to a physical and mental burn out which is difficult to recover from.
It has never been more important to take steps to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing and we urge anyone who is struggling to talk to someone and seek out assistance. As advisors it is becoming more common for us to come into contact with clients who are suffering and we have ensured our staff received training on how to deal with such situations.
A podcast that many of us have recently been listening to claimed that what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger. In effect, that those who find the balance and are able to work through this stressful period will come out with better resilience. So we hope many of you take inspiration from these words and acknowledge and take pride in their efforts to get through this current pandemic. Elysium is here to assist you and together we will all make it through this experience.