Top five resources to get you through COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the way we do things. As organisations, as teams, as friends, as families and as individuals.

The change has come suddenly. And the situation keeps changing, which is likely to continue.

This has taken a huge toll on many of us in terms of our health – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Keeping yourself healthy, fit, active, and mentally well during this time has to be a top priority and many of the normal ways we do this are off-limits for an indeterminable period of time.

We have scoured the internet for the best free, or at least affordable, resources to assist you with boosting your own personal resilience and making this time productive.

Here are the top five resources to get you through COVID 19:

 

Maintain your physical fitness at home

For many of us, regular trips to the gym, yoga studio, dojo or CrossFit box are a staple in our routine and a way in which we stave off the effects of an otherwise sedentary work life – or perhaps destress at the end of the day. With these facilities now forced to close, it is imperative that we become resourceful and not negate the physical and mental health benefits of regular physical exercise.

Insider.com have compiled a list of the best free resources available right now, including several premium (paid) services that are currently free in response to COVID-19 restrictions. You can check them out here:

https://www.insider.com/work-out-at-home-free-gym-fitness-resources-workouts-2020-3

 

 

 

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Separate fact from fiction

Perhaps the most challenging aspect of the COVID-19 crisis is the unrelenting exposure to information. From social media through to government announcements we are constantly exposed to information regarding COVID-19. Unfortunately, much of the information we are exposed to is through social media and often comes from opinions and unconfirmed or biased sources. This can be overwhelming and significantly increase our stress levels.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have fantastic resource that will help bust myths surrounding COVID-19. You can find it here:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

 

 

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Stay in (virtual) touch

Whether it’s quarantine, self-isolation or social distancing, we are facing a time unlike any in recent history where we are forced to avoid physical contact with, or even proximity to, other people – even our own families! This is especially difficult if you have older parents or family members who you cannot see.

Now is the time to get familiar with the technology that will enable you to keep in touch with your friends and loved ones. There are many tools you can use for this, and they are free:

  1. Zoom
  2. Skype

 

And here are some ideas of what to do with them:

  • Family dinners: Organise a regular time for the whole family to jump on group video chat and keep in touch
  • Virtual coffee dates: Set aside some time to catch up with friends. Make a cup of coffee and catch up!

 

 

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Develop Resilience and Manage Stress

There’s no way to get around it; whether it’s illness, isolation, unemployment, concern or just general uncertainty around what’s happening in the world, increased levels of stress are affecting everyone in the world right now.

 

Having a toolkit of stress management techniques has never been more important.
The same can be said about developing resilience, or an ability to recover quickly and effectively from adverse events.

 

Risk 2 Solution have developed effective and affordable short courses that will give you these exact tools, and are offering a limited time 90% discount on these courses. You can find them here:

https://www.r2s.academy/

 

 

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Parenting during COVID-19

Parents are now faced with the reality of having their kids at home all day, every day. Whether your kids are at day-care age or school age, you now have to make sure that they are both entertained and educated for the entirety of their waking day.

This is not easy!

The World Health Organisation have created a simple, useful guide that can help you navigate this new maze. You can find it here:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/healthy-parenting

We said 5 tips… but here’s one extra!

 

 

Are you at work at home, or at home at work?

Many of us must now accept that remote work has become the new norm. we are facing new challenges in communication, efficiency, productivity, compliance and more. And these issues are affecting employers and employee alike. Learning how manage the ever-shifting balance of our work life, personal life and online life is becoming harder and harder. It is also key to making sure that you reduce stress, know when to switch off and perform at your best.

Here are a few tips to help you create the much-needed separation between your work and personal life, and maintain balance and productivity:

 

https://risk2solution.com/5-tips-for-better-balance-productivity-and-stress-management-when-working-from-home/

 

About the Author

Ron Amram is the R2S Group State Manager for Western Australia. He is an experienced business, leadership and learning design consultant with post-graduate qualifications in education and business. He’s also an avid musician, music teacher and martial arts instructor!

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