Today is Time to Talk Day. It’s also one month since we returned to work after the Christmas break.
It’s fair to say that after a busy and draining month, that break now feels like a lifetime ago.
We’re now well and truly into our third lockdown, and I don’t think I am alone in saying that this one feels harder and darker than those that have gone before.
During the first lockdown, we quickly adapted to working from home. Working in communications was busy, but it was important. Speaking to colleagues to understand how they felt about the pandemic and their new working arrangements was interesting, and sharing their stories felt vital.
Coming back into the office and starting this again felt more like Groundhog Day than I might have imagined. It felt like we had simply rewound the clock and were starting the process again. Only people were tired of it, they were more cynical and they know what to expect.
We’ve gone from something that felt strange yet exciting to something that’s routine and mundane. During the first lockdown, we all had visions of living our lives differently – learning new skills or exercising more and even just enjoying the outdoors. This time, we have more realistic expectations and the weather is less appealing.
Despite this, we carry on.
So, if on this year’s Time to Talk Day, you don’t feel as positive as you have in the past, that really is understandable. And that’s ok.
If that is the case, then it really is a good time to have a chat with a friend or colleague. In fact, why not check in with someone you’ve not spoken to recently? After all, if you’re feeling a little more flat than normal, then they probably are too.
If you don’t feel able to chat to a friend, but need a listening ear, then please make contact with one of the many mental health support services available.