We are going through some pretty unprecedented times at the minute, and it is important to us as individuals that we take additional time to consider our mental and physical health.
The +24 team has come together to share our wellbeing tips to help you through this challenging time.
We are working from home, only allowed to go out once a day and having to social distance. This new way of life makes it difficult for us to connect like we used to, however, different software and applications are allowing us to be more connected than ever before. The same methods work with teams, family and friends.
As well as being able to text and call, we can now video call on FaceTime or Facebook Messenger, but more is needed to keep your team together. Check out Slack, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. They’re all video calling applications with a range of different features, suitable for a variety of teams.
Listen to facts from RELIABLE sources
Whilst catching up with your team, friends and family it is very easy to get onto the topic of the virus, the devastating effects its having and what the government plans to do next. Whilst this information is being shared, please be mindful of the source. To ensure you’re getting the most accurate source of information, please only use reliable news sources, NOT SOCIAL MEDIA.
Tip 1: Twitter allows you to mute keywords, so content involving that word won’t appear on your timeline. You can also have a ‘social cleanse’ on Facebook and Instagram. Unfollow any accounts sharing content about the virus that isn’t genuine.
Support and help others
Helping someone else can benefit you as well as them. If you notice a team member acting out of character, talk to them about it. This is a tense time for everyone, emotions are going to be higher and individuals will be struggling to adapt to this new way of life. As well as this, think of vulnerable friends and family you have, give them a quick call and see if you can help in any way. If you do this, it is important to do it in line with official government guidance to keep everyone safe.
Talk about your worries
It’s ok to not be ok. After talking to your team about their worries, remember it is ok to talk about yours, with people you trust – this could even help them. It is unhealthy to suppress your emotions, especially during this tricky period whilst trying to maintain your career and potentially working extra hours. If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, there are plenty of helplines you can try instead: NHS Website
Get out and exercise
Currently, we are still allowed to leave the house once a day to undertake a form of exercise, with others from your household. Try to make time in your day to go outside as a break from your desk and the rest of your team. It can help restore mental energy and relieve stress.
If you are unable to make it out, we would recommend undertaking exercise within your home. Since the restrictions have been put in place, more and more apps and videos with simple home workouts are now available. Children and adults across the UK have been getting involved with Joe Wicks and his PE lessons at 9 am each day.
As well as our physical health having a big impact on how we feel, our eating habits can too. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse. Make sure you leave your desk and stick to an eating routine to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
Create an itinerary of the day scheduling in when you’ll have breakfast, dinner and tea, or set reminders on your phone. Keep drinking water and avoid smoking and try not to drink too much alcohol.
As you’ll be feeling the pressure from both work and your personal life, meditation can help you take time out of your day, look after your mental health and relax. Some of our team use Headspace, an app designed for beginners to help them start their journey to self-care and less stress. The app also includes home workouts to beat stress and a feature to help you sleep at night.
Do things you enjoy
One benefit of homeworking is the additional time we have! Use this extra time you have to treat yourself and spend time on the things you love doing or try something new. This could be reading books, painting, watching films, listening to music, baking, yoga, playing an instrument – the list goes on!
Focus on the present
Focusing on the present rather than worrying about the future can help with difficult emotions and improve your wellbeing. Only think about the things you can control, it is important you understand you are doing everything you can to keep yourself, your family, friends and team safe from the virus. There will be some things you can’t control and you need to be able to accept that.
Probably one of the most important factors in helping you get through this. Sleep makes a big difference in how we feel mentally and physically, so it is important to get enough. Avoid screens before bed, cut back on caffeine and create a restful environment. These are some steps you can take to help maintain a good sleeping pattern. As mentioned before, the Headspace app, along with many others, has features to help you get to sleep at night. It is important to maintain a good sleeping routine to keep up good habits.
Remember, if you have any worries or concerns about your business or you’re looking for some advice and support, please don’t hesitate to contact the team. For more info, click here