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Tips to look after your physical wellbeing at home

We're all now spending a lot more time at home and that means many of us are thinking about how we can get, or stay, active. Official advice is stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day. This inevitably means all our routines are changing. But staying active is more important than ever right now, and even if you’re mostly in your house, there are plenty of ways you can still do so….

Join an online class

If you are a member of a gym, check their social media pages to see if the instructors are running any online classes! Many gyms are continuing to offer classes from home, and these do not require any specialist equipment. If you aren’t a member of a gym there are still many online videos on YouTube or other social platforms that are great for beginner’s right through to experienced fitness fanatics.

Exercise outside once a day, alone or with members of your household

Current guidance still allows for one form of exercise per day outside of the house, provided this takes place alone or with other members of your household.  It is still recommended to stay close to your house, and ensure you are not visiting any areas where there are likely to be other people.

Find exercise painful?

Many people live with chronic pain, or health conditions exacerbated by exercise. For many people, this puts them off exercising full stop. It is important to try to find suitable alternate exercises that do not place too much stress on areas of injury, or cause any issue with a pre-existing health condition. Yoga, stretching, cycling and bodyweight exercises are often less stressful on our joints than jogging and high intensity interval training (HIIT), so modifying exercise routines is important.

Avoid falling into unhealthy eating patterns

For many the current need to social-distance means working from home has become essential. With this, many people no longer adhere to the traditional ‘lunch break’ routine you may be used to at work. Many of us are now sat either in, or very close to our kitchen with access to food all day. You may find yourself snacking more often than usual. If you find this to be the case, then you may want to set yourself specific times of the day you are to eat between. It may be helpful to allocate yourself a breakfast, lunch and dinner time, and try to avoid unhealthy snacking between these times.

Check the Care first Lifestyle website for information on Physical wellbeing

Your Care first Lifestyle site has content dedicated to physical health and wellbeing, including articles and information on warm-ups, stretches you can do whilst working, ways of keeping fit for free and many more. You can also access Care first’s Wellbeing Assessment tool, which looks at 10 aspects of health and wellbeing – allowing you to take more control of your own wellbeing.

Join Care first’s daily themed webinars

Each day over the next two weeks Care first are running a themed webinar to provide information and support through this unprecedented period. On Tuesday, 25th March the webinar theme will be physical health with a focus on the content available on our Care first Lifestyle site.

COVID-19: Keeping your routine whilst self-isolating & tips whilst working from Home

 

With changes to our usual routines and our everyday life being affected by the developing COVID-19 pandemic; many of us may be facing new ways of working, juggling work without childcare, or adapting to new working environments. It is important that whilst making these changes we take careful consideration of our wellbeing; here are some top tips on working from home -

Get the right working environment

Try to set up your ‘working space’ somewhere you are least likely to be disturbed or distracted easily. Have familiar things around you in your workspace that you may usually have at your workplace, whether it be a picture, or calendar on your desk, or particular working equipment and stationary. To give transition and structure to your day, it is helpful to work in a separate space to where you normally choose to ‘switch off’ and spend your evenings. For example, avoid working from home in your living room if this is where you are likely to spend your non-working time.

Stick to a usual morning and evening routine

To keep an element of normality to your usual routine, it can be helpful to follow your usual morning routine as you would if you were leaving the house for work. Get yourself dressed and groomed for the day and when you have finished your working day, leave the area you have been working in and get changed into comfortable clothes that you would usually spend the evening in. Try to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the usual times that you would during a normal working day too.

Keep to your usual working hours

Having the ability to work from home can blur the lines between our usual work/life balance. By having our work with us at home, it can be tempting to pick things up around the clock leaving very little ‘down time’ for ourselves, or to spend quality time with our families. It is therefore important that you set yourself boundaries and shut down your working machines at the usual time and leave your ‘working space’ until the following day.

Take regular breaks

It is good to try and stick to your usual working routine as closely as possible when working from home and not stay glued to your screen all day. It is important to take regular screen breaks, keep hydrated and get up from your work space and move around - just as you would if you were at work. Try taking your lunch break at the same time you would usually, ensuring you set aside a time slot each day for a proper break away from your workspace.

Stay connected

When you’re working from home you could go the entire day without speaking to anybody, which could feel isolating compared with regularly engaging with colleagues when you’re at work. Think about how you’re communicating with people when you’re working from home and whether some emails you send could instead be a real conversation over the phone. If you work in a team, perhaps consider setting time aside to have a regular meeting together. By picking up the phone, or making video calls with colleagues and having conversations instead of relying on email and instant messaging, can make us feel much more connected to people and reduce the risks of loneliness and feeling isolated.

 
   

COVID-19: Keeping your routine whilst self-isolating & tips whilst working from Home

 

With changes to our usual routines and our everyday life being affected by the developing COVID-19 pandemic; many of us may be facing new ways of working, juggling work without childcare, or adapting to new working environments. It is important that whilst making these changes we take careful consideration of our wellbeing; here are some top tips on working from home -

Get the right working environment

Try to set up your ‘working space’ somewhere you are least likely to be disturbed or distracted easily. Have familiar things around you in your workspace that you may usually have at your workplace, whether it be a picture, or calendar on your desk, or particular working equipment and stationary. To give transition and structure to your day, it is helpful to work in a separate space to where you normally choose to ‘switch off’ and spend your evenings. For example, avoid working from home in your living room if this is where you are likely to spend your non-working time.

Stick to a usual morning and evening routine

To keep an element of normality to your usual routine, it can be helpful to follow your usual morning routine as you would if you were leaving the house for work. Get yourself dressed and groomed for the day and when you have finished your working day, leave the area you have been working in and get changed into comfortable clothes that you would usually spend the evening in. Try to have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the usual times that you would during a normal working day too.

Keep to your usual working hours

Having the ability to work from home can blur the lines between our usual work/life balance. By having our work with us at home, it can be tempting to pick things up around the clock leaving very little ‘down time’ for ourselves, or to spend quality time with our families. It is therefore important that you set yourself boundaries and shut down your working machines at the usual time and leave your ‘working space’ until the following day.

Take regular breaks

It is good to try and stick to your usual working routine as closely as possible when working from home and not stay glued to your screen all day. It is important to take regular screen breaks, keep hydrated and get up from your work space and move around - just as you would if you were at work. Try taking your lunch break at the same time you would usually, ensuring you set aside a time slot each day for a proper break away from your workspace.

Stay connected

When you’re working from home you could go the entire day without speaking to anybody, which could feel isolating compared with regularly engaging with colleagues when you’re at work. Think about how you’re communicating with people when you’re working from home and whether some emails you send could instead be a real conversation over the phone. If you work in a team, perhaps consider setting time aside to have a regular meeting together. By picking up the phone, or making video calls with colleagues and having conversations instead of relying on email and instant messaging, can make us feel much more connected to people and reduce the risks of loneliness and feeling isolated.

 

 

How Care first services can support you during the COVID-19 pandemic

As the COVID-19 situation progresses and the Government issued command to stay at home is well underway; these times of restricted movement and isolation can take its toll, not only physically but also mentally. Mental Health support during times like these are paramount, which is why Care first have worked tirelessly to ensure their services remain available for all that may need assistance.

These services include:

Counselling support

Our team of professionally trained, qualified and BACP Accredited Counsellors are available 24/7 to offer support for personal or workplace related issues. No matter how big or small the problem may be our counsellors are here for you.

Information Specialist Support

We have expert advisors that have been trained by Citizens Advice who can provide you with comprehensive answers and assistance on a wide range of issues which can affect daily life. You can speak with one of our information specialists confidentially and completely free of charge.

Management Support

If you are a manager or look after a team within your organisation, It is as important as ever that your colleagues are made aware of what Care first can provide in these difficult times. As a manager Care first provide you with additional support which will help you extend support to colleagues around you.

Care fist lifestyle portal

Through the Care first lifestyle portal you can access all of the above support, read helpful articles published by our team and view Webinars covering a wide range of well-being topics and more. You can log into your account by visiting www.carefirst-lifestyle.co.uk and logging in using your organisation log in details. If you are unsure what these details are then please contact your line manager.

If you wish to contact the Care first telephone counselling and information line then please don’t hesitate to call the Freephone number.

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