- Amy Broomhead
- 20th March 2020
We are in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, which is an uncertain time for everyone across the globe. With government guidelines changing each day, many peoples working situation is changing. I have seen plenty of blogs and articles floating around about how to keep yourself entertained and safe whilst in self-isolation or whilst working from home. But very few tips for those who are still in the office as they are unable to work from home. We have written a few tips to keep you safe and happy whilst you are still at work.
There is bound to be a feeling of slogging it, your friends and family are working from home, sharing their “#homeoffice” set up, surrounded by their pets, fluffy slippers and endless snacks.
The roads are empty and there will be a sense of loneliness on your commute. But when you do arrive to the office try your best to rally together and create a fun environment.
- Put some music on
Bring in your speakers and blast some uplifting music- we’ve been listening to everything from classical when it’s time to focus, funk and soul for a morale boost and of course some cheesy hits when we’re in need of a sing along.
- Share the joy
Email that meme that made you laugh until you cried (providing it’s workplace appropriate). Sometimes it’s the small things that get a smile on your face or make you giggle that can really improve someone’s day. Or sign off an email with a funny Gif, it’s a light-hearted gesture that your colleagues will appreciate.
(maybe one for your not so technology literate colleague)
- Treat yo’ self!
Everyone loves a treat! Bring in a tub of hot chocolate powder, or some chocolate bars so everyone can have a treat even if it’s small. Chances are everyone is a bit down so do your best to do your part to lift spirits.
- Practice 5 minutes of yoga per day
Pranayama. What’s that?! I hear you cry. Pranayama is the practice of breath control in yoga. Being at work and with everything going on in the outside world can be very stressful and uncertain. By practicing breathing techniques, you can create a sense of calm and can destress. The joy of this is that you can do this anywhere, at your desk, on your lunch break or nipping out for a quick 5 minutes during the day.
- Switch Off
Speaking of staying destressed, don’t watch or read the news at work! No matter how tempting it may be. The benefit of being away from home and televisions and social media is that you can dissociate from everything that is going on in the world. Even if it is just for 8 hours a day, learning to switch off will help you feel lighter and less anxious. Plus it will also enable you to concentrate on your work.
- Walking or cycling to work
Walking or cycling (if it’s safe and feasible) is a wonderful way to clear your head on your way to and from work, and with many gyms closing up and down the country it’s a great way to get some exercise in, which is a proven way to make you happier. You can practice social distancing by avoiding the bus whilst also taking the time to listen to music or listen to a podcast and zone out of all the Coronavirus panic.
- Quiz time!
If you have the time to set aside 20 minutes for a quiz it could be really beneficial to the moral of your team. General knowledge, pop culture and questions about the history of your company or organisation could really boost the mood of your team and increase productivity.
We put together these tips to help you stay physically and mentally well, not only in the office but throughout the course of these confusing, panicky times.
We're sure we don’t need to tell you but remember to follow government recommendations to regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds, avoid close physical contact with others, don’t make unnecessary trips out, avoid large social gatherings and self-isolate yourself if you have a new persistent cough or if you have a high temperature. Here is the official NHS page if you want some more information https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
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