Working from home

If you are new to working at home or you have been working from the kitchen table / sofa you may have started to get a few aches and pains. We have put a few tips to help below:

  • Take time away from your screen - Move round every hour and get outside at least once a day
  • Get dressed - it's important to dress for work to help with your working mindset. Though it is tempting to stay in pyjamas, it's better for your mental well being to get dressed
  • Set working hours - keep to a schedule, make a to-do list, have coffee breaks as you would in work
  • Set a workspace - if you have space, try and have a dedicated working area that is clear of distractions and interruptions from others. If possible carry out a workstation assessment - there is advice on this on the HSE website
  • Call your colleagues, either by phone or online - maintain contact with your work colleagues during the day, call instead of emailing
  • Avoid awkward, static postures by regularly changing position, getting up and moving or doing stretching exercises
  • Avoid eye fatigue by changing focus away from your screen for a few seconds or blinking from time to time
  • Have healthy snacks and meals available. If you break for lunch at work then make sure you do at home

Find some useful advice on the BBC website about working from home the right way.

There is also useful information on the MHPP website about how to look after your mental health while working from home.

Working at home with younger children

Right now you are being asked to take on a lot of roles; be a parent, a teacher, a worker all from home. It is hard and remember you can't do everything. Here are some links to help:

The government have produced some Guidance for parents and carers on supporting children and young people's mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Home is very important right now for working, learning and spending time together. But you don't have to turn it into a school. Don't put pressure on yourself to create the perfect curriculum or fill every hour with schooling. Be mindful of what you see on social media and remember that every family is different. If you're struggling or finding things challenging for any reason, reach out for support and help.

Talk to your children about how they'd like their day to be structured and how that might work with your own responsibilities. Encourage your children to talk about their interests and passions and think of ways to incorporate these with learning. Reassure your child their school and teachers are there for them. And that they'll carry on teaching them - but just not at school.

There are some great tips to help you on the CharityComms website.

Make the most of this extra time with your children if you can - it's a chance to create some special family memories together.

If you are struggling staying at home there is some great practical advice on the Every Mind Matters website.