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WFI team tips to help you handle life in lockdown

 

If you’re feeling a little flat and you’re getting tired of being in lockdown, you’re not alone. As human beings we’re inherently social creatures, so it’s only natural to feel fatigued or a bit foggy during extended periods of isolation.

That’s why, now more than ever, it’s vital to take care of your mental and physical health and help your family and friends do the same.

So if confinement is taking a toll on your overall wellbeing, here are some tips from our team to help you combat the stay-at-home blues and keep you healthy and happy during lockdown.

 

Lockdown tips from the WFI team

Nick Voulgaris, Area Manager

Take a break from screens

Take advantage of spending quality time with the family by limiting screen time. Perhaps you can make an agreement with everyone in your household to turn off all screens at a particular time of the day, and for a certain amount of time, to give your eyes a rest from screens and to enjoy each other’s company.

Plan some household fun

Organise a games night or sporting competitions and get everyone from your house involved. Games such as Pictionary, Don’t Say It! and Scrabble can be entertaining. And the fun doesn’t stop at board games. You can also organise a table tennis or darts tournament to see who’s the household champion.

Start a hobby

We’re no longer travelling to and from work, so why not use the extra time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. When you learn something new, you’re exercising your brain, which can help improve cognitive functions like problem solving and concentration. It also helps keep your mind engaged and body active.

Grow your own food

Get your hands dirty and bring out your green thumb by starting a veggie patch. It doesn’t have to be complicated. You can plant a few seeds in the ground or grow out of containers and pots.

 

Mackenna Powell, Area Manager

Read 10 pages per day

Research shows regular reading is good for your brain. It can increase your vocabulary and comprehension and even improve brain connectivity. By reading just 10 pages a day you could finish a novel in a few months, or you might even learn something new.

Take a walk

Being in lockdown doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors 24/7. Step outside and go for a walk to soak up the sunshine vitamin – vitamin D. Walking will also get your steps up and provide you with a change of scenery.

Check in on friends and family

Now more than ever, we need to stay connected with our loved ones. Pick up the phone and call your friends and family to see how they’re coping. You could even catch-up over a FaceTime or Zoom call and enjoy a virtual meal together.

Listen to music

Hit play on your favourite playlist or listen to tunes from your teens. Listening to certain music from your childhood can bring back happy memories, elevate your mood, and might even reduce stress.

 

Daniel Cawood, State Manager, Distribution VIC/TAS

Dress the part

Get in the right mindset and create some separation from home and work while you’re at home. When I’m working from home, wearing my WFI Polo is my first choice – it keeps things comfortable and professional.

Work your normal hours

Don’t fall into the trap of jumping on the computer too much after hours. It can cause burnout and fatigue if you’re constantly switched on. As I like to say: Home is home. Work is work.

Get moving

It’s important to move your body to avoid sitting in one spot all day. Use additional time in the day that you’d usually use to commute to get in some exercise. Walk the dog, go for a run, or ride your bike. Working out is beneficial for both your body and mind, so don’t forget to take the time to schedule in some time for it.

Pick up the phone

Avoid the trap of texting or sending messages to your colleagues in Microsoft Teams. If people are available, reach out to them on the phone and share a conversation. You’ll get a quicker response to your query, and you never know, your phone call might just be the simple thing that improves their day.

If you’ve been struggling with being in lockdown or feeling anxious and sad, you may want to seek help. There are free health services available to you that you can access from home and remain completely anonymous.

You can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 counselling and support. If phone calls aren’t your thing, you can log onto eHeadspace from 9am to 1am to chat to a health clinician.

If you think a friend or loved one needs help, consider visiting the Black Dog InstituteHead to Health or Headspace for support.