Sorcha Gavin is a Senior Consultant and Wellness Co-ordinator for Axcis Education. In this blog, she shares her top tips for staying sane when working from home during this unprecedented time. Whether you’re spending time helping with distance learning or doing planning and preparation work ready for when schools go back – her tips are sure to be helpful.
Try to wake up at the same time everyday
The dream of being able to get up when you want can be short lived if you don’t do it with intention! … aim to get up around the same time every day, this helps stabilise your internal clock and improve your sleep and mood overall. You’ll feel more refreshed, less tired and more able to concentrate for longer periods of time.
Don’t be in a rush, give yourself plenty of time
Plan to have around an hour or preferably longer to make sure you’re not in a rush or stressed out before you start your day . Your mind needs sufficient time to wake up before doing any work. Try a meditation or different breathing techniques to start your day proper. (Really good app which I swear by – https://insighttimer.com/ over 22,000 meditations for any area in your life..). It’s also a good idea to get washed and dressed as usual to get yourself into a work mindset for the day.
Take time to eat a proper breakfast
It’s probably the most important part of any daily routine! Working on an empty stomach is going to reduce your ability to concentrate and leave you with lower energy levels in the morning. You should really try to eat something filling and healthy to make the most out of breakfast. A balanced meal is really the best idea. You’ll find yourself with more energy, improved concentration and a better mood.
Put down the phone! (Unless essential)
It’s all too easy to pick up your phone or laptop as soon as you wake up and end up being glued to the screen for the rest of the day. A lot of us can’t avoid using a screen for work, so it’s worth having a break in the morning. Try…………. to not check your emails as soon as you get up, avoid social media/BBC News and give your brain a more relaxed start to the day. Experts say that checking your phone first thing “frames the experience of ‘waking up in the morning’ around a menu of ‘all the things I’ve missed since yesterday. Too much screen time is bad for your eyesight and mind- blue light glasses may prove helpful…
Do something physical
Physical exercise is good for both your mind and body. Perhaps it could be some yoga or maybe just a small walk. You’ll feel more awake and both physically and mentally alert. Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic also means that you might not leave the house for extended periods of time, so getting outside and moving is important.(obviously still in line with social distancing)
Set goals for the rest of your day
When you sit down at your desk, take some time to plan out your day. You can set some goals as to what you need to do and when. It’s usually a good idea to start this before checking your emails, as these can distract you from major tasks and interrupt your schedule.
Now more than ever we find ourselves isolated and separate from people and our communities- it’s so important to stay connected, pick up the phone, speak to friends and family..
Useful apps for staying connected…
Download zoom for video chats, https://zoom.us/
House Party app which allows you to video group chat …. https://app.houseparty.com/
Not feeling the above? Why not write a letter, join a volunteer group or learn a new skill? YouTube is a gold mine of tutorials in a vast range of activities and crafts
A wise man recently told me that “ Time is now our most Valuable asset – We need to use it wisely “
Stay Safe <3
Sorcha Gavin, find me on Instagram @sorchaslanuholistics
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