Keeping your mental health in check while in iso

As you may know, RUOK? Day is tomorrow. The RUOK? campaign is about meaningfully checking in and connecting with colleagues or friends by asking the simple question - RUOK? 


2020 has been a particularly challenging year for everyone and the requirement to self-isolate and work remotely has made it even more important for us all to keep on top of our mental and physical wellbeing while in lockdown. 


We reached out to some of the team at JV Recruitment for their tips on how to keep your mental health in check while in isolation. Here’s some advice they had to offer...


1. Holding Space

“The concept of ‘Holding Space’ is to be with someone without judgement. 

Put this into practice with a mate, family member or partner by advising them that you’re there to listen to them, support them and just be present with them without the need to offer advice or provide judgement. It may take them 10 minutes or a whole month before they come back to you. The idea is that you give them the opportunity with space and time to share their comments or thoughts.”

Stuart Campbell, Director

2. Meditation

“Listening to meditation right before bed each night is a great way to improve focus, concentration and self-awareness. 

I found it tough in the first lockdown, having to home-school my kids while I was working from home, however, this time around I’ve put less pressure on myself and I’ve been doing more meditation which has really helped reduce stress.”

Kerryn Johnson, Payroll Manager

3. Practice Gratitude

“Spend five minutes filling in a gratitude journal twice a day. I do this when I wake up and right before I go to sleep. It may seem like a small thing but it really gives you a good perspective and keeps you focused on the positives.”

Joel Steggall, Team Leader

4. Get Musical

“Playing music always lifts my mood as well as boosts my self-esteem and confidence. My colleague Rob Kenny has been teaching me how to play the guitar like a young Jimi Hendrix.”

Jack Tosh, Senior Recruitment Consultant

“Days when you’re feeling a bit flat or apathetic, put on a playlist of your favourite tunes to lift your mood. Whether I’m working, cleaning the house or doing some gardening, I find music helps me feel more positive and motivated.”

Steph Nelson, Credit Control Officer

5. Keeping in touch

“Keep in touch with your friends and family, either by giving them a call or a video call. Don't be afraid to speak to someone if you're feeling a bit down especially in these difficult times.”

Ben Cowley, WHS & RTW Coordinator

6. Get Physical!

"Cycling can promote new thought patterns and feelings of calm and wellbeing. I find that going for a bike ride once a day is a great way to clear my head. It’s good to get some fresh air and it’s a great way to get the blood pumping!

Tim Bates, Senior Recruitment Consultant

7. Reconnecting

"Find a different way to reconnect with your daughter, son, dog or housemate. It’s the little things that make a difference if you notice them. Seeing my daughter playing with her toys like I’ve never noticed. Seeing all the things my wife does, that I usually take for granted while I work away. Being in isolation has made me see the life I’ve worked so hard to make reality.”

Aaron Gould, Labour Hire Manager

What have you been doing while in lockdown to keep your mental health in check? We’d love to know! 


Otherwise, if you are currently seeking recruitment or career advice relating to construction, manufacturing, engineering or business support, reach out to the team at JV Recruitment. Contact us by calling 03 9377 5800. We're here to help!


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Christine Wood

Christine Wood

Christine is JV’s Human Resources Coordinator. She has over 2 years experience working in generalist HR and recruitment; prior to this she worked in the hospitality industry as a Supervisor and Duty Manager in high end hotels.

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