Welcome to the staff wellness and information page!
Below you'll find useful links, helpful articles and information for all Early Start staff
Each day we’ll be posting tips on how to stay motivated, comfortable and healthy while working from home.
Tip of the Day!
1)Dress for the day ahead
Working from home may mean an extra few minutes in bed in the morning, but it’s a good idea to stick to your normal routine as much as possible.
While the prospect of staying in your pyjamas may seem like one of the perks of working from home, getting up at your usual time and getting dressed for the day ahead, will improve your state of mind.
It may sound trivial, but changing out of clothes that you associate with sleep or rest will help prepare you for the day ahead and get you into the ‘I’m going to work’ mindset.
2)Have a set working space
It’s a good idea to designate an area of your home specifically for working. Make sure it’s somewhere that you’ll be comfortable and have enough space for all of your equipment.
Ideally, your workspace should be away from the living room, as you don’t want to feel like you’re still in a work environment once you log off for the day.
Regardless of where you choose to work from, commit to working in this space every day.
3) Create a comfortable working area
Over the course of the week, you can spend a considerable amount of time at your desk/ work station.
Try to make sure it’s somewhere that you’ll be comfortable, and add simple touches to brighten up the space.
For example, a lamp to ensure you’ve got good lighting, a laptop stand to make typing for comfortable and even a small plant or flowers to add a touch of colour.
4) Take regular breaks!
It’s important to take regular breaks when working from home to help boost your productivity and allow you time away from your desk.
A good way of making sure you’re not glued to your screen all day, is to take a 5 minute break for every 25 minutes you work.
This encourages you to get up from your desk, move around and even pop the kettle on!
5)Get some fresh air
Due to social distancing, we're all spending more time indoors than we were before. Open your windows to let as much natural daylight and fresh air into your home as possible.
If you have a garden or balcony, try sitting outside (weather permitting!) for a few minutes every hour or so. Fresh air can help you to stay alert and focused.
Remember that you can also go outside once a day for exercise. A lunchtime walk can help to break up the working day!
6)Make time for exercise
Working from home means we skip our normal commute and can have fewer reasons to get up from our desk throughout the day. Be mindful of this, and when you do take breaks, be sure to stand up, stretch and move around.
If you’re saving time in the morning and evening by not commuting, use it as an opportunity to exercise. Right now there are tonnes of workouts and family friendly activities that are currently being offered free of charge, which can easily be done at home!
Take a look at the ‘Health & Wellbeing’ section below for ideas and inspiration!
7) Stay connected
When we're in work we engage with our colleagues and join in office chatter. However, working from home can mean we spend most of the day without talking to people.
Rather than just pinging off emails to your colleagues, why not pick up the phone or arrange a video call? This helps us to feel more connected and gives our mental health a boost.
Apps, such as GoToMeetings (which most of us have had training in) are a more personal way to stay in touch!
8) Do 20 minutes of midday mobility
East London Pilates are hosting daily 20 minute midday mobility sessions (Mon-Fri) free of charge.
It's a great opportunity to stretch and mobilise, especially if you're sat at your desk for most of the day.
All you need to do is follow them on Instagram and watch their Live Story from 12pm.
9) Plan nutritious lunches that you’ll look forward to
Most people dream about lunch before they’ve even logged on to their computer in the morning!
However, when working from home, you may feel less inspired to plan your lunches, than if you were going into the office. Or, perhaps you usually buy meal- deals, and working from home has left you struggling for lunch inspiration?
Check out BBC Good Food lunch ideas to keep your lunches exciting!
10) Make time for snacks
Don’t forget, it’s a good idea to have a mid-morning and a mid-afternoon snack each day, to help keep your energy levels up and maintain your concentration.
- Sliced fruit with peanut butter,
- Vegetables sticks with hummus,
- A handful of nuts
- Yoghurt with fruit
- Avocado on oatcakes
- Cheese and crackers
11) Stay hydrated!
Make sure that you stay well hydrated, as dehydration can cause headaches, fatigue and dry eyes.
The key is to drink regularly throughout the day (at least 6-8 cups), so it's a good idea to always have a glass of water on your desk.
Water, milks, tea, coffee and fruit juice (only one small 150ml cup recommended per day) all count towards your fluid intake.