Silver linings amid the Covid-19 pandemic
Despite social distancing spreading across the globe, some communities are coming together in unique ways. In Eastbourne, hundreds have registered to be part of a telephone befriending service. Supermarkets are opening earlier to ensure stocks are available for the elderly, The Chelsea Hotel offers free rooms to NHS staff, and fashion giant Louis Vuitton is manufacturing free hand sanitiser. Many organisations are giving back in order to support the practice of social distancing. Below are just a few things you can enjoy from the comfort (or discomfort) of your own home (for free!):
Remember to keep active, check in with friends virtually and be kind to yourself.
Video conference call tips for the self-isolating
Video conference calls are sky rocketing in popularity in the current crisis, a number of conferencing software even crashing from the steep increase in users. However, if this is your first foray into the world of video meetings, there is some important etiquette to follow. Most importantly perhaps is dressing appropriately, approach the call as if you were going into the office. Secondly, use the technology to your advantage - mute your microphone when not speaking, use the sharing screen tool. Make sure you are focused on the call, avoid the temptation to use your phone off camera. Practice good work etiquette as you would in your normal work day, despite your abrupt change of location. Also, remember to treat each other like humans! We're all going through the same uncertain time and it helps to acknowledge this and engage with your coworkers. Read more tips by clicking the photo below.
Coronavirus and your wellbeing
With self-isolating and social distancing taking place across the country, it's important to be mindful of our mental health as well as our physical. Routines have been disrupted and plans have been cancelled and this is likely to cause feelings of anxiety and stress. Consider the following ways to look after your mental health in these troubling times:
For much more advice on looking after your mental health, click the photo below.
- Connect with others. You can keep in touch digitally via telephone or video. If you are worried about running out of things to talk about, you could play a game together online whilst video chatting, like chess. Or watch a television show together remotely.
- Keep a routine. Having a loose schedule to follow in your day can be very reassuring. Get up and go to bed at your usual time, and plan your activities for the day, whether that be reading, cooking or practicing yoga.
- Try to keep active. Schedule physical activity into your daily routine. There are many guides to at-home workouts online, or you could take a walk or learn a dance routine.
- Keep your mind stimulated. While there is nothing wrong with binging that show you've been meaning to watch, try to do something more productive as well. You could read a book, listen to a podcast, or take a course online.