We have recently experienced a month of what has been unprecedented change across the UK, and in fact a lot of the world. Due to the knock on effects of Covid-19 and a large scale lockdown being in place, a significant number of us will be experiencing working remotely from home for a large portion of time, Estio Training included.
While working from home can come with a lot of benefits, self-isolation, limited time outdoors, social distancing and the anxiety around living during a time of global pandemic, can be a risk to both our physical and mental wellbeing. Therefore, our update this month is on the topic of Wellbeing: Working in a remote capacity.
Below are some top tips on how to prioritise your mental and physical health during lockdown:
During an average working day we move; whether that’s as part of our commute to work, around the office, or some form of exercise during our lunch breaks. It’s important to try and maintain this level of activity. Take advantage of your allowed outdoor physical exercise per day with a walk or run, or by completing a home-based workout. If you have children or pets get them involved and make it a fun way for you all to keep active and fit.
Limit the amount of news that you consume
Covid-19 is the main headline and discussion point across the media and reading or watching too much can have a negative impact on your mood. Limit your exposure to avoid increased anxiety and stress, and only refer to trusted, verifiable sources to avoid unnecessary anxiety caused by ‘fake news’.
Maintain a healthy diet
During times such as these, it can be easy to choose quick, easy and often unhealthy foods. Eating healthily has positive effects, not only on your physical fitness, but also your mental health. A varied diet and ensuring you eat your 5-a-day can improve your mood, give you more energy and help you think more clearly.
Keep your routine
Sticking to your normal routine will provide familiarity, structure and direction to your day. Setting yourself clear targets and goals for what you want to achieve each day will help you remain focused and driven, so you’re free to enjoy the benefits of relaxing at the end of the day.
Consider your workspace
When working from home, it can be difficult to select the best workspace – whether that’s because space is at a premium in your home, or there are other factors dictating where you work. Try to choose somewhere that is quiet, away from your main relaxing areas and with enough space for you to work comfortably. This will allow you to feel as though you have truly finished for the day when the time comes, as well as remain focused during the day.
Although we are currently experiencing a highly unusual, very serious situation, we are also presented with new opportunities. Maintaining a positive outlook and taking time to indulge in your hobbies and interests, or even learning something new, will give you a sense of achievement and control. Spending time with your household can also present the opportunity for family unity and support, as well as people to talk to about how you’re feeling.
The above list aims to provide you with some simple tools to support your wellbeing during this difficult time. However, we understand that individuals can find the current situation more difficult than others and may need further support. If you feel that you would benefit from further information, advice, guidance or support, please feel free to talk directly to your Skills Coaches and Trainers. Alternatively, you can also contact Safeguarding@estio.co.uk detailing your queries, concerns and support required and we will contact you back.
We understand that this is a worrying time, but please be rest assured that Estio continues to put our learners at the heart of everything we do and we have also created a short info course on the VLE to help with guidance through this testing times:
CORONAVIRUS & REMOTE WORKING VLE COURSE:
1 – Coronavirus Awareness
2 – How to stay focused when working remotely
3 – How to become more adaptable and flexible to change
4 – Helping others to cope with change