Useful Wellbeing Tips
Find things that bring you joy! Advice on how to manage stress while maintaining social distance during the coronavirus outbreak.
Keep a routine
It helps to manage anxiety and will help you to adapt more quickly to this current reality. Create clear distinctions between work and non-work time, ideally in both your physical workspace and your headspace.
Work up a sweat
We all know that exercise is good for us, yet it rarely sounds like a good idea. With the early mornings, late evenings and sacred weekends of teaching it can be especially hard to find the time and the energy to get physical. You could do yoga in the garden, follow an exercise class on YouTube, or go for a run – again, though, ensure you keep away from others you see out by at least two metres.
Practice social media hygiene
This is a difficult one to follow. All around us, there is a media furore that verges on hysteria, reporting on the daily implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. Add to that the WhatsApp and Twitter rumours of travel restrictions, mandatory health checks, flight cancellations, government deliberations – it quickly becomes impossible to keep a clear head. As such, trying to limit social media at this time is vital and often people suggest to just watch the news once a day!
Stay in contact with colleagues
If you are finding all of this difficult, then you can be sure that someone you work with is in the same boat. Your frustrations and the pressures that cause them are universal for your colleagues, so don’t go it alone.
Check-in with your work friends, is there someone who has fallen off the radar over the past couple of days? Reach out, have a phone chat, a video call – Avanti has its own Zoom account and your principal can help you set up a virtual meeting.
It’s easy to feel like you’re alone when teaching remotely, but the truth is we are all in this together, so keep in touch whenever possible.
“No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” Reid Hoffman