It’s important to look after your mental as well as your physical health during these uncertain times. You may experience feelings of anxiety and find it difficult to stay motivated so here are a few tips on how you and your children can stay active and positive over the coming weeks.
1. Stick to a routine: for most, this will be the first time you’re working from home or will have been out of school for a longer than anticipated time. Try to stick to a routine as much as possible including your sleep pattern, these times should be used to stay productive. Creating a timetable, like at school, will ensure your children’s learning isn’t compromised check out the free resources available for parents online and also check out the amazing teachers on social media who are offering their help and services to anyone who may need it. James Fazzani, a former Science Teacher turned Recruitment Manager for Premier Pathways, has produced a home-schooling timetable to support his own children’s learning and development.
2. Make time to do things you enjoy: watch that film, listen to your favourite music or podcast, finish that book you started, play games (no competitive arguments please), colour in that colouring in book, paint that painting, write that blog…there’s so much you can do.
3. De-clutter: having a good sort out of your cupboards and drawers will not only give you more space, it’ll help de-clutter your mind. Bag up anything you do want and donate to charities where you can.
4. Stay active: there’s a large variety of at home workouts available online from HIIT and Pilates to Tai Chi and Legs, Bums & Tums. Whether you’re a beginner or more advance, there’s an option for all, aim for at least 30 minutes per day. For pupils (and adults), the Body Coach has free ‘PE with Joe’ classes available on his YouTube channel: The Body Coach TV.
5. Get fresh air: A statement released by the Government on 23rd March states that you can leave your house for one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household just make sure you stay at least 2 meters away from everyone else. Don't fancy leaving leaving your home? Why not make the most of your garden, patio or balcony?
6. Stay hydrated: make sure you’re drinking plenty of water. Water is essential for staying healthy; from regulating your core body temperature and delivering oxygen throughout your body to flushing body waste and keeping your airways free, your body needs it. We know you won’t be able to have your daily catch up with colleagues over the water tower but staying hydrated is important.
7. Focus on breathing: taking deep breaths and controlling your breathing can really help you relax. There are numerous Mindfulness and Yoga apps available for free that will guide you through different breathing exercises.
8. Eat healthy: obviously a little snack here and there isn’t going to hurt but always get your five a day. Fruit and vegetables are essential for brain functioning and power, as well as your overall health.
9. Stay in contact: just because you’re at home, doesn’t mean communication stops. We’re living in the technology age and oh my it’s brilliant for times like these. Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp you name it, you use it.
10. Get dressed: although pyjamas and loungewear are a lot comfier to wear, simply putting on an outfit, whether that be your work or social clothes, will surely boost your morale.
These are just a few things we have put together for you to consider over the coming weeks. Is there anything you would add? We’d love to hear from you.
The EduStaff team