National Safe Work Month 2020

It’s understandable that with the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, employers and workforces, this year’s theme of National Safe Work Month is Work Health and Safety Through COVID-19. To mark this important month, we’ve put together some helpful guidance to help you keep yourself and your employees safe and well in all forms.

Physical Safety

The most recognised way of protecting ourselves and others is to follow these simple guidelines – and while we may feel well used to seeing these steps, it’s always a good idea to refresh your memory.

COVID Safety

Remember: when washing hands, use soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds ensuring you cover all areas of your hands including wrists, back of hands, under fingernails and in between fingers.

Mental Safety and Wellness

For many, the resulting uncertainty of COVID-19 in our daily lives along with the over stretching of our usual coping strategies has heightened our inherent human vulnerability like never before.

In responding practically and effectively to these challenges it is important to acknowledge the healing capacity of good mental health for us, our family, friends, colleagues and community. To achieve this, we must first make a conscious effort to take care of our own health and wellbeing. We will then be in a position to assist others and they us. Remember that we are all in this together and together we will become stronger.

Introducing self-care rituals and habits into your life can be great for your mind and body, helping you to restore, reset and function at your best. Here are some of the self-care superstars:

  • Take regular breaks.
  • Let yourself rest and enjoy down time.
  • Try the Danish practice of Hygge (“cosy contentment”).
  • Move your body in enjoyable ways – dance in the living room, do a yoga class (online or in person), walk, stretch or any other movement that feels good to you.
  • Eat a nutritious and balanced diet to support good mental and physical health.
  • Practise meditation, mindfulness or deep breathing exercises.
  • Implement a nurturing bedtime routine to encourage good quality sleep.

SMG Health are here for you 24/7 365 days a year. Contact us for a free confidential appointment with one of our professional and experienced counsellors.

Financial Safety

If someone had told you a year ago that in the first half of 2020, you would no longer be allowed to commute to work, see your family or go to a café or restaurant and you’d have to explore the black market to obtain a roll of toilet paper, you’d have struggled to believe them. For many of us, the thought of losing our jobs to an invisible virus seemed laughable, but it happened. The negativity around the pandemic has been overwhelming. Talk of a global recession, money losing its worth and millions of small, medium and large companies going broke has left the vast-majority of us standing back with our hands up, looking at our finances and asking, “now what?!”

THERE IS A SIMPLE ANSWER: Review. Revise. Adapt.

First, start by assessing what it is your savings are doing. What are you saving for, largely, and how long have you been saving for?

  • Review your financial portfolio.
  • Revise it to ensure it is working for you.
  • Adapt to reflect the current market and climate

This is what we refer to as a financial health check.
Take the time to review your situation and gain an understanding of your current versus your ideal scenario. A key takeout for your financial health check is ‘little and often’. Frequent assessments and small changes for long-term results. Your financial advisor should be looking out for these aspects as a foundation, so touch base with them today or go to your Wellness Gateway to Ask the Expert.

For further information and resources, check out your Wellness Gateway or https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month.

For further information and resources, check out your Wellness Gateway or https://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/national-safe-work-month

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