Fever, shortness of breath, flu like symptoms is what we hear are the symptoms of COVID-19. However, this virus has a hidden impact that is plaguing our society and needs attention. This impact of quarantine and the anxiety caused by COVID-19 have caused a mental health tsunami. As an HR professional, I feel smacked in the face by the title wave of information and fires that we need to deal with daily. We are also tasked with ensuring our employees are okay during these challenging times. How do we manage it all!?

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Leah Marone, a certified Psychotherapist shared some helpful tips to overcome the stresses caused by Coronavirus. For the HR professional, her first piece of advice is to take care of yourself first. You can’t take care of anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself first. Ensure you are taking time each day to practice presence, which can be as simple as taking time eat your food and think about how it tastes. Ensure you step away from your desk every now and again to recharge! Eating well and moving your body each day can help you manage the changing times!

For those who have shifted to working remotely, get ready each day as your normally would. Ensure your workspace is not in your bedroom and be prepared to disconnect at the end of each day.

For your employees, check in on them. All of them!! Leah recommends assigning buddies who are there for each other during this crisis, when our normal is anything but. Also be aware of employees who may be struggling and disengage.

If anyone would like to reach out to Leah for more advice, you can find her at leah@leahmarone.com.

Steve and I are grateful for each of our listeners and readers and thank you for supporting SURVIVEHR!  Stay Safe Everyone!

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Kelly Scheib
Kelly Mendez-Scheib graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Master of Science, Industrial Relations and Human Resources, as well as a Bachelor of Science, Labor Studies and Industrial Relations from the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. She serves as the Vice President of Human Resources at Tindall Corporation which includes overseeing workforce planning, and employment, compensation and benefits administration, development and training, employee relations and more. Kelly has performed numerous duties within Human Resources, and brings with her a host of professional certifications, including the Senior Professional in Human Resources certification (SPHR) awarded by the HR Certification Institute, Senior Certified Professional certification awarded by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) and is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC). In her spare time, Kelly also enjoys volunteering in the local community, teaching as adjunct faculty at local universities, serving as a foster mother, and spending time with her family and five children.