Guest post by Gary Butterfield, Executive Director at Everyday Juice Ltd.
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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
1. Reach out to those most vulnerable over the phone as often as you can, because everyone needs to feel connected to their wider community.
2. 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.
3. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Be mindful of your own mental and physical health. It’s critical that we think of others, but we must also take notice of how we’re personally feeling physically and emotionally. Remember, it’s ok to not be ok, and to take some time out.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Give yourself the opportunity to 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.
The Five Ways to Wellbeing for social distancing support sheet is available for free download here.
With thanks to Gary for the insightful guest post.
Founded in 2012 by Gary Butterfield and Andy Dodman, Everyday Juice Limited partner with organisations of all shapes and sizes to create remarkable places to work by providing an easy to navigate online user journey (Juice) that’s clearly branded, which automates the activity and events management process on behalf of the employer.
Juice started as an internal initiative at the University of Sheffield and was launched to their 8,200 staff in 2012. Following Juice’s success at the University, Everyday Juice Limited was born.
Juice’s recipe for success delivers increased engagement and healthy, happy and productive employees. They’re experts in HR, working a network of highly qualified Occupational Health specialists. Together, they offer a comprehensive range of clinical and non-clinical services, along with activity provision and strategic advice and development for in-house teams.