Resources to support you if you’re working at home

  • 7 simple tips to help you adjust to working at home, feel more productive and take care of your mental health
  • An excellent guide produced by Steps2Wellbeing with loads of tips on how we can best maintain our mental and physical wellbeing during this time.
  • Information about the pros and cons and points to consider when working remotely/from home on the Vocational Services web page.

Don’t forget … breaks, moving and eating

When a lot of our work, and even our meetings, are happening on screen via technology, there’s a tendency to move a lot less. This can cause a range of aches and pains, stiffness, strain on the eyes and other issues.

It’s important to break up your day and make sure you move around regularly. Frequent screen breaks, stretches and opportunities to get moving are essential to help you operate effectively throughout the day.

Time can pass really quickly when you’re in the bubble of home working – make sure you stop for lunch and other breaks, keep hydrated and aim for a change of scene every now and then – even if it’s just 10 minutes in the garden or a different part of the house.

Practical tips to be more active at work

Identify which tasks you can do while standing on your feet or set up a standing desk area to stimulate blood flow and engage idle muscles. Stretch or move a little while reading emails.

Can’t avoid back-to-back MS Teams or Zoom meetings? Find a time when you can turn your camera off for a few minutes to walk or stretch on the spot. When planning a long meeting, schedule short comfort breaks into the agenda and stick to them.

In a never-ending meeting or unable to get up from your chair? Do some simple stretches while sitting at your desk to relieve the tension and stiffness from not moving. If you are on a video call, you can still stretch your legs and core muscles without anyone knowing!

Finished your meeting early? Wear comfortable clothes and footwear every day and take the opportunity to do something physical for a few minutes when work commitments allow.

Move your body while the kettle boils. Make a list of active tasks that you can do in a few minutes, whether you’re at home or in the office – empty the recycling, clean down your desk – or do some simple stretches or exercises while you wait.

Have a tricky work problem to solve? While you’re thinking about solutions, have something active you can do to stimulate blood flow to your brain – bounce a soft ball against the wall or take a quick walk round the house.

A lunchtime walk or movement break with colleagues is one of the easiest ways to be active at work. Set up a recurring calendar invite and commit. Just 10 minutes of brisk walking can make a big difference to your health and wellbeing. If you can’t be with each other in person, take some headphones and have a chat on the phone while you walk.

Practise good hygiene

Please remember that in your home environment IT equipment is also a breeding ground for germs.  Best practice advice is to wipe before and after daily use. Any brand of antibacterial wipes is sufficient for this process.

Build connections and support your mental health when your team’s working remotely

It’s easy for feelings of isolation and disconnection from colleagues to escalate when working from home – here are some tips to support your mental health and engage with colleagues in virtual team-building exercises:

  • Mental Health First Aid England have produced a short video and flyer with guidance on ways to support your mental health while working from home:

The MindTools website offers up to three free-to-read articles on essential management, leadership and personal effectiveness skills per month.

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