A new tool for tackling anxiety

Gordon McIntyre of Hospitality Health and Craig Martin of Experience Glasgow.

HOSPITALITY workers anxious about returning to work in the time of COVID-19 can turn to a new resource from tourism group Experience Glasgow and trade charity Hospitality Health.

An anxiety ‘toolkit’ from the organisations offers practical guidance for workers to help them adapt to working during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The toolkit includes advice on recognising and coping with the symptoms of stress and anxiety, including concerns such as safety at work, wearing PPE, new working practices and financial worries.

It can be downloaded from the Experience Glasgow website here.

Gordon McIntyre, vice chairman of Experience Glasgow and chair of Hospitality Health, said: “Going back to work may be a daunting experience, and it’s common to experience some anxiety when coping with stressful events and changes.

“Some people may recover in a few weeks on their own, while others may need additional help and support. That’s why we’ve developed a bank of resources to support our trade to adopt positive behaviours coping mechanisms surrounding any anxieties, especially around the new normal in service.

“Our collaborative toolkit is a must for anyone emotionally affected by COVID-19, who works in hospitality. Please do share with your friends and colleagues to support your teams through any periods of stress or anxiety.”

Further resources for dealing with mental health issues can be found at hospitalityhealth.org.uk.