As employees continue to travel for the holidays and gather with loved ones during this time of year, it’s normal for them to experience concern or hesitation as COVID-19 variants continue to develop and spread.
When it comes to protecting their physical and mental health this year, it’s important for employees to have important discussions with family and friends about COVID safety precautions. Share the four tips below from Dr. Rachelle Scott, Eden’s Director of Psychiatry, that your employees can use to protect their mental health when having difficult conversations this year.
ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS
When considering the needs of a large group, try asking open-ended questions like “What do we think we want to do?” before you share your needs, as it makes it conversational and ensures everyone feels their needs are taken into consideration, regardless of the final decision you make for yourself.
COMMUNICATE AS EARLY AND CALMLY AS POSSIBLE
It’s important to make the best decision for yourself in order to prioritize your mental health, feel safe and avoid stress. The best approach is to communicate your needs as early as possible and not waiver after you’ve communicated them. It can sound something like “I’m not feeling comfortable being indoors with people who are unvaccinated, but I would still love to see you. Could we meet outside at a distance, eat dessert together on Zoom after dinner, or even plan to watch the game at the same time? I’m open to other ideas as well.” These boundaries may naturally ruffle feathers, so it’s important to stay calm, reiterate your comfort levels, and avoid attacking other people’s preferences or beliefs as that can instantly shut down the conversation.
PICK YOUR BATTLES
The goal of communication is to calmly and firmly communicate your needs, not convince others what they should or shouldn’t do. If you decide to ask someone why they’re not vaccinated, do so by asking questions with the sole intent of listening. If the conversation gets heated, you can always end the conversation by reiterating your preferences for engaging with them safely and acknowledging that it’s a difficult situation.
FIND TIME TO RECHARGE
If you’re spending time in person with your family, it can be physically and mentally exhausting. Taking care of your mental health can look like taking time for yourself away from others, whether that is going to a separate room or taking a walk to disconnect and give yourself some space for a little bit.
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