Mental Health and mindfulness whilst in lockdown:
At Longdean we recognise that it can be a struggle being locked up all day with your immediate family whilst trying to juggle work with supporting those around you. I hope the points in the table below might help.
Set boundaries. If you have the space, devote somewhere in your home specifically for work, ideally with a desk, supportive chair and good lighting. Clearly communicate the start and finish times of your ‘office hours’ with the people you live with. Of course, staying focused and distraction-free while working from home can be especially tricky for those with children. If you can, try to prearrange with others in your household when each of you can take charge of the kids – perhaps you and your partner can work two hours on, two hours off? If you are unable to share parenting responsibilities, speak to your manager and team to make them aware of any hours you will be ‘offline’ and with your family.
For those of you still in school the same applies. Ensure that you communicate effectively with your team as I am sure you will have depleted staff numbers and your typical school day has changed majorly
Prioritise the tasks that actually matter for that day. Be clear in your mind on what the key areas of focus are that day. Focus on these only, and communicate any urgent priorities with your team, ensuring they are realistic.
This will ensure you’re all collectively working towards the same aim and concentrating on the right things, whilst also not being overwhelmed by the work needed to be completed in the days and weeks ahead.
By keeping your task list to one day’s activities only, it will also give you a greater sense of achievement at the end of the day, making it more likely that you will log off at a reasonable hour and enjoy your evening
Don’t let your working hours overrun. Be disciplined in leaving your home office when your working hours are over, at least on some nights of the week, and don’t go back in until the morning!
It can be especially tempting for many people to ‘put a bit of work in’ late at night, especially as stresses and pressures are intensified. However, this could come at the cost of disrupting your sleep schedule and depleting your energy levels the following day.
Switch off your work phone if you can. If this isn’t possible, at least limit yourself to only checking your work emails once or twice in the evening.
You should also be logging out of Skype or any other chat or messaging functionality that you may have on your machine.
As much as its important to stay social, it’s also important to switch off at times to allow yourself to recharge and find your inner zen!
Don’t be afraid to say no. In these changing times, your priorities and areas of focus might shift, almost on a daily basis. That’s why you need to have the confidence and conviction to say ‘no’ to tasks that aren’t going to help you or your business achieve what’s truly important right now.
Habitual over-workers can be ‘people pleasers’ and this is something I find so common within education! We are all caring people and love the job we do.
You need to learn the art of graciously saying no if certain tasks threaten to overwhelm you, and simply aren’t a priority. If an extra task or two really does need to be taken on, try to be realistic about what you can do in the time that you have during your main working day, perhaps offering a partial solution in the meantime.
Don’t skip your lunch break. Don’t eat from your desk!
If you can, have a space that is nowhere near your desk for eating, or go outside for some fresh air, while respecting your local authority’s guidelines on social distancing. This will enable you to ensure your lunch break feels like an actual break, and in turn, will help you to feel more motivated when you resume work in the afternoon.
Take time for yourself. It’s crucial to enable your mind to understand that you are no longer working.
Do some exercise, take up a relaxing hobby, spend quality time with your family or housemates or cook a nice meal. I have found cleaning and sorting through that dreaded municipal kitchen drawer to be very therapeutic!
In short, whatever you can do that is different to work, and ideally in a different room to your ‘home office’. Make this consistent, and it’ll become a signal in your mind that the workday is over.
Try not to dwell on the negatives. You may be overworking to avoid paying too much attention to the crisis that is going on around us. So instead, try to focus on the positives in your life and what you have to be grateful for.
Consider what you can do around the house that you’ve been meaning to get to or catching up with friends and family remotely.
In short, there are always things that you can do to distract yourself and use your time in healthy and productive ways during this outbreak, rather than overworking.
Online Learning Links:
Show My Homework and ICT systems access:
Students don't need to log in to Show My Homework to access homework. All homework is visible from the open calendar at https://longdean.showmyhomework.co.uk .
This is accessible from any web based device – phone, tablet, PC or Mac without a password. All work from all teachers and all classes for all students are searchable without log in.
Some resources that are copyrighted and activities are only available after log in.
The most common issue is where students are going to the default SMH page rather than https://longdean.showmyhomework.co.uk .
For access to other ICT systems such as Office 365, Microsoft Office and Ranger Outpost please visit our website here, and for educational content click here.
Communication with the school:
Please continue to communicate with the school over the weeks ahead using school email addresses in the format below:
For pastoral issues please contact your child’s Pastoral Manager or Director of House
For subject queries please contact your child’s subject teachers
I would also encourage parents to share these email addresses with their children so they can speak to us directly if they are anxious or concerned once the school has closed. We have retained the services of our school counsellor who will be available once the school has closed should she be needed.
We will also use the SIMS APP and the website to continue to keep you updated with events and we will use Show My Homework to set work for your children.
Page Updated 15/03/2020
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