The Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be a challenging time for everyone, with many people adapting to the new work arrangements and way of life. Remote working is one of the new measures to combat the spread of the virus. It can prove quite challenging for some.
It can be exhausting both mentally and physically, especially if you’re not used to it.
That’s why the Civil Service Employee Assistance Service (CSEAS) has made available a list of resources, with useful tips and guidance on managing your wellbeing during these tough times.
Keeping to your normal morning routine helps maintain a sense of stability, which is why the CSEAS recommends going about your morning as if you were heading out for a normal day at work. This means dressing as if you were going to work, having a good breakfast and starting work at your usual time. An optimistic take on the situation can be acknowledging the time you save by not having to commute to work.
Setting up a designated work area in your home and ensuring that it is comfortable goes a long way in increasing your concentration and productivity at work. It is also extremely important to connect with your colleagues and managers to maintain the sense of community during this time.
You should also practice discipline around the hours you work and plan out your day using ‘to-do’ and ‘done’ lists which help feel a sense of accomplishment and boost morale.
Taking regular breaks and walking away from your screen, as well as even a short walk outside every day helps in improving your wellbeing. The advice also suggests taking your tea and lunch breaks as normal which helps maintain a daily routine, and the feeling of normalcy.
Using a designated buddy to debrief at the end of the day may prove to be extremely useful, with all the added stress and workload of the current environment.
Avoiding activities that make you vulnerable to infection and getting a good night’s sleep all prove to be extremely beneficial for your wellbeing.
Lastly, it is important to stay in the moment and not be overwhelmed by all that is going at present. What matters is staying connected with your family and friends, so that we emerge from these challenging times together.
The full list of resources and guides from the CSEAS with extremely useful advice to help navigate these difficult times can be found HERE.