In this difficult time and uncertainty of COVID-19, it is important to look after yourselves. Working from home is new to me and I am sure that there are many people in the same boat.

It is a strange time and many are trying to make life now as ‘ ‘ normal ‘ ‘  as possible. Therefore, I have taken the time to look at wellbeing. What is wellbeing exactly? Why do we need to be aware of our own wellbeing?

As you will see in my pencil drawing, wellbeing has been made out of a lot of jigsaw pieces that make us whole that give a sense of mental balance. If one of the jigsaw piece has less attention than other pieces, it affects our mood and can often make us feel stressed.

Many of us are trying our best to work from home and the whole family are also home. You might feel that work has come home with you and unable to turn your work mode off to relax. To help maybe it is worth trying to keep work space and relaxing space apart. It will help associate different feelings in different rooms. If you enjoy drawing, painting, reading or getting involved in something you enjoy and makes you feel relaxed, take some time for yourself as this is very important for our wellbeing.

I have learned that it is necessary to take some time to exercise either before starting work or after work. I am a person who is delighted to be in the outdoors, so I will take exercise outdoors. If you like to exercise outdoors or indoors, it’s really good for our health and wellbeing because it makes us feel good and alert especially to start the day. Healthy eating and keeping hydrated can also have a positive impact on our health and help us keep focused.

In this lockdown time it is very important to keep in touch with family and friends and to talk to eachother. Tell them if you are worried about the virus or struggles of lockdown life. Family and friends are always ready to listen and given the circumstances, i’m sure that they would feel the same way. What do they say? It’s good to talk!

Some of you may feel that it is difficult to get routine in this time. It is important for us to keep trying to get a sort of routine and also to have  structure to sleeping times. It is easy to fall into an unwholesome sleep pattern like going to bed in the early hours and waking up late in the morning.

Remember to look after yourselves as you do for everyone else. Its ok to have good days and bad days as this is a very challenging time for everyone. Perhaps take a look at your lifestyle, are there changes that you could make to improve your wellbeing? Hopefully it will help you find a little more happiness at this unusual and uncertain time.

Keep safe!

The sun will rise again!

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