Look after yourself during lockdown with these helpful tips.
Now more than ever, mental health and well-being matters. During COVID-19 it is essential to take care of your mind as well as your body while staying at home.
1. Create a workspace
Set up a work environment with your laptop and equipment in a comfortable clutter free environment. If you don’t have a spare bedroom or study area, your workspace should be quiet and free of any distractions that you have around the house.
2. Routine is key
Treat working from home like you would in the office. Get dressed and start your working day at the same time you usually would, have a scheduled lunch break, and then log off when your workday is done. Taking regular breaks helps you to maintain motivation and concentration – having 5- or 10-minute breaks throughout the day to stand up, stretch and make yourself a drink.
3. Stay connected
Working from home can be lonely and isolating so having regular contact with your work colleagues via email, phone calls and Whatsapp groups can keep the communication flowing. Video calling apps such Skype, Teams and Zoom are great for face-to-face conversations, team meetings and team building activities.
4. Create achievable to-do lists for your day
Have a clear list of objectives for the day to manage your workload and projects. Maintain engagement with colleagues and use task management systems to remain on schedule and keep the team updated on progress. Review each day; what did you learn; how can you improve for tomorrow; and tick off completed tasks.
Maintaining physical health can be done from your garden, living room or even bedroom. The results are different for everyone but a 20-minute workout everyday can help burn calories, increase metabolism, reduce heart rate, reduce your blood pressure and help you lose fat. The Gym Group have created a home workout series with short videos for you to follow at home. These workouts require little to no equipment - just motivation and determination!
The coronavirus pandemic has us stuck at home and looking for a way to cope. For many people, it's cooking so why not learn how to cook one of city's favourite dishes, katsu curry from Wagamama's executive chef Steve Mangleshot. In this episode from their ‘Wok from Home’ video series, Steve teaches you how to cook the aromatic katsu curry; chicken in crispy breadcrumbs, white rice with side salad.