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    Wellbeing in Isolation

    The Sixth Conversation

    This is the second of our conversations. Unfortunately, we had some technical problems with the live session. It failed to record properly, which was a shame because some good contributions. Thanks particularly to Zoe and Gary.

    Abi, Caroline and I re-recorded our conversation, well as far as we could remember what we had said.

    Some to the tips mentioned in the video

    Home schooling

    Some tips teachers home learning and coping while schools are closed:

    Remember you are not a teacher or expected to be a teacher.

    Be kind to yourself – coronavirus is not a normal situation and it’s ok not to feel ok about it all.

    For your own well-being and if you are able to connect online, try to keep in touch with your friends virtually.

    Try to keep to a routine and a schedule, eat healthily and have set, yet flexible, times to have a go at your school work. When you’re doing school work, try working for 25 minutes then having a 5 minute break – it’s more productive. There should be time for play, fun, family and a space for the child to be on their own.

    If you can, find a set place in your home to do school work – somewhere quiet where you can give yourself some space.

    Don’t try to do too much work – remember learning from home is not the same as being at school. Have Fun

    Take time away from social media. If you have a phone, put it in another room, especially if you’re trying to do school work – it will help you concentrate.

    Some general tips to help to take control of anxiety and worry.

    Take control of what you can take control of.

    When we feel uncertain about things or that they are out of our control, one of the most effective ways we can manage stress and anxiety is to focus on the actions that are in our control. Focus on what we can do not on what we can’t do

    It’s ok to feel anxious. You are human.

    You can express your anxiety by writing your thoughts down, in a journal or a diary. Talk to someone. Drawing, painting, music, etc. can channel your anxiety.

    Self-management strategies like self-hypnosis, mindfulness, yoga, meditation, art, or exercise to manage anxious thoughts.

    Having a healthy routine can have a positive impact on your thoughts and feelings. Go back to basics: eating healthy meals, physical exercise. Make a plan. Concentrate on what you can do not what you can’t.

    Stay connected

    Phone calls and text are great, and are a great way to stay connected. But seeing someone’s face, via video, really can make a huge difference on a phone call. It can lift your mood and make you feel less lonely.

    Accurate information

    Credible sources you can trust is important to avoid the fear and panic that can be caused by misinformation.

    (some sites)




    Limit News on radio and TV

     TV: BBC, STV, Sky, Channel 4 – are good but often speculate, “what if”. Maybe better to take the daily, Scottish, NI, Welsh or UK Government, briefing as this is up to date.

    Restrict your social media.

     Most social media is someone else’s opinion. Not fact. This can increase your anxiety. Always checking for information increases anxiety.

    Tips for home working:

    Daily Routine
    Be disciplined. It is important to cultivate strict routines or working hours, but also be kind to yourself. Wake up at your usual time and go through your usual routine.
    Dress properly. Do not wear pyjamas.
    Set work hours.
    Create a good routine with short breaks.

    Have a virtual ‘tea break’ with your team.
    If you work for yourself – virtual meeting with a friend

    Keep the television turned off.
    Stay off social media.
    Separate space to work from space to rest.


    Child abuse:

    Domestic abuse against women:

    Domestic abuse against men:

    Alcohol issues:

    Thanks once again for being part of the conversation. Remember about 5% of life happens to you, 95% is how you respond to it.

    If you want to ask any questions of Abi, Caroline or Andrew send a text or phone: 07591 095 845