Let us start this blog by explaining the most recent attempt to curb COVID-19:
Tier 1 – Medium – Rule of 6, 10pm Curfew when the virus comes out to play.
Tier 2 – High – Rule of 6 outdoors, no mixing households indoors, reduce number of journeys
Tier 3 – Very high – Rule of 6 only in public spaces such as parks, establishments not serving “substantial meals” (me neither), gyms – in some cases – to close, so you can’t go for that cheeky tipple after work and basically no social life. Do not travel outside of your area.
So, depending on what tier your area is placed into, we are in another lockdown that is not called a lockdown but is only a lockdown for selected areas. 😊 Luckily for me, based in Doncaster, I can enjoy all the freedom of Tier 2 until Saturday 24th when we go into Tier 3.
We are all in many different situations, some of us worked throughout the lockdown from home, some still in the place of work. Some of us went back to the office, most of us did not. Some of us are now having to consider the fact that we may need to work from home again, and again some of us are not because we lack the ability to work from home.
This whole pandemic is affecting people both physically and mentally. Not everyone is able to deal with being restricted and it can greatly affect their mental health. Not only are the number of COVID-19 cases rising, but so are the number of seriously undesired outcomes. There are many contributing factors to people being in such a low place, because of financial pressures, that they are no longer earning because they have either lost their job or are working reduced hours. Because of being restricted from seeing family members or people of support, who help people to get through those really tough days. And you know what the scary thing is, it could happen to any of us at any minute giving us all the fear.
We can however, do our best to try and make our current situation in life the best that we possibly can.
So if you are working from home, try to follow these steps to ensure you have a healthy work/life balance:
- Get up in the morning and make your bed. Start the day right.
- Try to do some exercises, maybe go for a run, do some stretches. Then have a coffee.
- Make a to-do list for the day. Make it a reasonable list, not one that you know you will not achieve.
- Get up and stretch your legs, your neck and shoulders every hour or so to reduce stiffness.
- Drink plenty of water – set yourself reminders if you need to!
- Take the full lunch time you are entitled to – having a break from work really refreshes you and you go back to work with fresh eyes, spotting the mistakes you probably made when you were feeling hangry.
Speaking of hunger, It’s good to see so many people being so passionate about these very important topics and our opinions are being shared to the world through social media, allowing us to be supportive and make changes to the causes that need it so badly. We just need to remember that nothing lasts forever, everybody wants to rule the world.