Acknowledging and dealing with mental stress

Anne-Christine Ahrenkiel

As you know, we have in DFDS taken numerous covid-19 measures, to keep our people safe and to get DFDS through these challenging times in the best possible way. Almost 2.800 of our colleagues are partly/fully on governmental aid packages, and even more of our colleagues work from home, primarily behind a desk and a screen and with only digital interfaces to the outside world. Our lives have been impacted in a way that few would have imagined before the crisis.

In general, humans are not cut out for a life in isolation. We seek the company and proximity of other people, and we need our family, friends and – not least – colleagues around us, to feel safe and to feel that we matter and make a positive difference for other people.

Be mindful of your mental health

In a situation like this, you need to be extra aware of possible stress symptoms. If you feel depressed or anxious are more tired than usual, can’t sleep at night, have little energy or experience severe mood swings, don’t ignore it – but acknowledge it and react on it.

Don’t hesitate to seek help

Secondly, if you do have the above symptoms, don’t hesitate to reach out for help – through friends, relatives or your doctor. You may also reach out to your local HR, to see what local options exist to get help. We have, in the People Leadership Team, regular covid-19 calls where mental health has been discussed, and across our DFDS locations, we have measures – either through own or external providers – that you can make use of.

Let us help each other safely through this coronavirus crisis.

May 4, 2020