Our top tip for staying connected with yourself during remote working

posted 20 May 2020 in category General

There is no doubt that the coronavirus pandemic is having a collective impact on the world’s mental heatlh. It now more important than ever for each of us to consider how we can look after our own emotional wellbeing proactively as far as possible.  

At PPL we find it helpful to recognise that while the pandemic is a global event, everyone is experiencing it differently. People are facing different challenges in different circumstances and no one’s reaction will be quite the same as anyone else’s. There is no ‘right way’ to be at the moment and no single solution for everyone.

In light of this, we have therefore put together a curated selection of suggested resources that we think could be helpful in different situations. This list has come from our colleagues, who have shared what is working for them, and from our Mental Health First Aid team, made up of Mental Health First Aiders and a former mental health nurse. We have also put together a list of top tips, which may not all work for you, but have helped some of us adjust to these unprecedented challenges.

We hope you find the selection below helpful. We would like to thank all the organisations whose resources are linked to below for creating and sharing them.

Our top tips

Some practical tips:

  1. Stick to a routine.  Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied throughout the day and includes time for self-care as well as work.
  2. Set limits around your working day. You may find that some days are more productive than others. Resist the temptation to compensate for lost productivity by working round the clock.
  3. Dress for the life you want, not the life you have!  Have a shower, wash your face, brush your teeth and get dressed in clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good. Bright colours and wearing clothes that you love can really lift your mood. 
  4. Get out at least once a day, ideally for at least thirty minutes.  If you are worried about contact, try first thing in the morning, or later in the evening,  If you are high risk or living with someone else who is, open the windows and let the air in – a bit of fresh air can do wonders for your mood. 
  5. Find some time to move each day, again try for at least thirty minutes.  If you don’t feel comfortable going outside, access some of YouTube’s many online workouts, or just turn on the music up and dance round your bedroom! 
  6. Reach out to others, you guessed it, at least once a day for thirty minutes. The days where you don’t feel like engaging might just be the days that you need the contact the most.
  7. Stay hydrated and eat well. Include reminders to have meals/snacks and a healthy drink in your schedule if you are likely to forget.

Resources for further reading

General resources:  

 

For parents: 

 

For partners:

 

For people worried about someone else in their life:

 

For people with existing mental health problems: