The Wellbeing project group have been working to provide some suggestions and tips to help support you through this challenging time. We hope to send regular all staff emails out to remind people of things they can try and share new ideas.
Tips and suggestions of things you might like to try:
- Create a routine – set your alarm, get up and dressed at a normal time
- Commute to work – go outside for a walk before you start work. This creates the feeling of commuting to work but also gets your body moving and gets you some fresh air
- Maintain contact with your manager and work colleagues via web ex, jabber or zoom
- Virtual team lunches via web ex
- Take regular breaks
- If possible keep your work area separate even if that is just making sure you shut down your laptop at the end of the day
- Create clear boundaries in terms of accessing work emails/whats app messages during agreed work hours
- Prioritise things that will keep you healthy such as sleep and eating well
- Be educated but don’t overwhelm yourself with information
- Use technology (Zoom, what’s app, FaceTime) to keep in touch with your friends and family
- Seek help if you need to. These are challenging times and it’s ok to not be ok: as mentioned in the FAQs sent round, you can contact the SU mental health first aiders (and Healthy Hallam Champions): Dan Williams, Janet Heiser and Dani Thornton-Walker, or contact Employee Assistance Programme And the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day.
Activities you could try:
- Guided meditation: headspace app and insight timer app are both good and easy to follow
- Try a new podcast/TV series/film: Please contact Sally Carter if you would like to make suggestions and we can pull together a list to share.
- Book club: Again, if you are interested in being involved, please contact Sally to get involved!
- Free online exercise: Now it is more important than ever to keep active for your body and mind. Why not try Yoga with Adriene or Joe Wicks Body coach work outs
If you have young children at home here are some suggestions to try:
What can you do if you want to help others?
If you have any more suggestions please email Dani Thornton-Walker and Lucy Wheeler to add to the next email.
In the meantime, look after yourselves and your families. Get out and enjoy the sunshine (whilst still being responsible and following government guidelines). Keep talking; to friends, colleagues, family, you are not alone.
Sending all the best.
The Wellbeing Project team