The Five Ways to Wellbeing during social distancing
Gary Butterfield, co-founder and executive director of Everyday Juice Limited, is an expert in HR, working a network of highly qualified Occupational Health specialists. He kindly took the time to put together a post to help you look after your wellbeing while you’re working remotely. There are some really great ideas in here which we hope you’ll enjoy.
None of us need reminding that we’re in unprecedented times.
Let’s be frank, the Coronavirus epidemic is pretty scary for everyone, whether you’re one of those most vulnerable people in our society, or you’re part of the younger generations who haven’t seen anything like this before.
The way that many of us work seems to have changed literally overnight, too. You might find yourself working from home, probably in your bedroom or living room, distancing yourself from others and living in your own little cocoon. We also have closed schools to deal with now, too.
However, whilst you should always follow Government advice to protect yourself, your loved ones, friends, and your colleagues, this doesn’t have to be a lonely experience. There are ways that you can utilise this opportunity to grow your friendships, relationships, and yourself.
Enter, the Five Ways to Wellbeing.
- Exercise at home. There are loads of videos on YouTube that you can follow for free, which use little or no equipment. Just be sure that your technique is right, especially when adding load-based exercises.
- If you’re social distancing, then go for a walk during your usual commuting time. This is time that would usually be used for travel anyway and it’s a great way to start your day positively.
- If you’re able, break up your day with a cycle or run. Both of these activities can be solitary and provide the perfect opportunity to get some much-needed fresh air.
- Reach out to those most vulnerable over the phone as often as you can, because everyone needs to feel connected to their wider community.
- Take advantage of online technology to connect with colleagues, even if it’s for a general chin-wag. You have loads of options to choose from; Zoom, Google Meet, and Skype, to name just a few.
- Grab a virtual brew. Use social media to connect with others who are also social distancing or self-isolating. Head on to your media of choice, set up a live feed, and see who tunes in. Even better, message your colleagues about it, too.
Be mindful of what you read or hear online. Whilst you may read the news, tweets, posts, and watch videos with the best intentions of remaining informed, there’s a lot of misinformation out there.
Check in with loved ones on a regular basis and take notice of how they’re feeling, both physically and emotionally. This is especially important for those vulnerable and/or self-isolating.
Be mindful of your own mental and physical health. It’s critical that we think of others, but we must also take notice how we’re personally feeling physically and emotionally. Remember, it’s ok to not be ok, and to take some time out.
- Keep up to date with the latest developments from reputable sources. A great place to start is the NHS, country specific public health bodies, and the World Health Organization.
- Use this opportunity to experiment with new ways of working. One of the best things about remote working is that you’re better able to set up your schedule how you like it so see what works for you.
- Use your breaks to learn a new skill. Always fancied making a bird table for your garden? Learning to code? Wanted to keep a blog? Well now’s the perfect time to make a start.
- Support those isolated by going to the shops. For many people, especially those vulnerable, they have a fair amount of time stuck inside.
- Lend a helping hand by checking in on your neighbours and see if they need anything picking up. Be sure to protect each other by keeping your distance, though.
- Buy gift cards from local businesses that you can use at a later date. There are a lot of businesses big and small taking major financial hits right now. If you’re able, help them through these tough times. We’re all in this together.
- Give yourself the opportunity so get fresh air. Just because you’re keeping yourself to yourself, doesn’t mean that you have to stay indoors. If you have a garden, sit in it; if you have local paths, use them; and if you want to walk around the block, then do it.
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