FOR HUMAN RESSOURCE MANAGERS
June 21, 2021
Covid-19 is starting to fade away. Yet, one aspect of the accompanying sanitary crisis that has come to stay is an increased awareness of mental health issues. Working parents have been hit especially hard by a steady increase in depression and anxiety-related illnesses. To counteract this issue, employers have specific tools at hand. Checking in with employees on a regular basis and implementing measures relating to increased flexibility and support for working moms and dads have been proven to be successful. At the same time, working parents can apply some effective behavioral strategies themselves.
This one is super important. One factor that has long been known to increase the risk of developing depression or anxiety is prolonged stress. To counteract high stress levels – and thus reduce the risk of mental health problems – several behavioral strategies are promising, amongst them exercising, longer night sleep, and minimizing multitasking (Khartri 2021). In the end, not only you as a working mom or dad will profit from reduced stress levels, but also your children.
Connections can help a great deal in improving your mental health and keeping you sane now and in the future. One central aspect is to stay connected with your kids. Concerning this, “spending focused time together doing an enjoyable activity” can be a sure-shot way “to connect and relieve stress at the same time” (Scott 2019). Another important way to improve mental health through connections is building a network with other working parents. Not only will you be able to talk about hopes and worries, but you might also start sharing tasks to deal with them in a more relaxed and efficient manner. If building strong connections with both your children and other working parents is a priority to you, we at Kinderjahre are here to support you with our network and experience.
3. Set boundaries!
Often, the path to a more stable state of mental health is only a “no” away. When working parents feel stressed and overwhelmed, they tend to think that saying “no” could be interpreted as a sign of weakness. Try thinking of it as a sign of strength instead and you might see noticeable changes in both your stress levels and the way people around you will treat you.