It’s a subject we speak about regularly with our learners, but at this time of uncertainty and worry, with the COVID-19 outbreak, let’s take some time to think about ourselves too.
We are now all working from home, which for some can be a solitary experience. Now more than ever is a time when we need a sense of community and support, which we are offering not least with our weekly Go To Meetings, but also with our Whats App group. It’s important that we have a regular ‘check-in’ if only to say “hello/how are you?”
And this applies to our learners too, whether they be in the NHS or other industries—get in touch, check if they need any extra support etc. Some may have more time on their hands to work towards qualifications which is great.
Just a few tips for our wellbeing whilst working from home:-
- Remember to take a break—get up, move about, re-hydrate
- Stop for lunch—don’t eat at your computer, we all need some down time
- Get outside—fresh air, sunshine (or rain!), exercise—all key elements to good mental health
- Stop and listen to your body—there is no doubt it’s going to be a stressful time for everyone, and it’s important to be aware of the warning signs and pay attention to them. Interrupted sleep patterns, an inability to concentrate, a constant low-level hum of anxiety and feeling something bad is going to happen are all the brain’s way of saying all is not right.