Are you studying or working at home?Posted: April 1, 2020
It is important to take care of your physical and mental wellbeing when studying or working at home.
Are you feeling stressed? Getting uncomfortable sitting at that desk? Getting distracted? Worried about friends and family? Or feeling alone and remote?
You are not alone. This happens to us all- it is perfectly normal, expected even.
First port of call- take a break every now and then to keep you motivated and focused on what you’re doing. Generally, you should take a quick break every 30-60 minutes. It sounds like a lot, but it isn’t and you will feel better for it.
Try doing some desk yoga or at least have a good stretch. Have a wander around the house, take a look out the window, if you have a backyard take your shoes off and get out in the yard.
Break your day up– plan your day and plan some time to do the things you love, or at least like. Listen to a podcast, re-read a chapter in your favorite book- we suggest starting at chapter one but do your own thing! Ring your grandma, dad, mum, best friend or send them a message. Reaching out and talking to people is core to us all.
Try to stay positive and kind, being aware of how you are feeling and why is key. The Australian Government’s Head to Health site has some good tips for this.
Do something creative, draw a picture, build Lego, write a story, start a daily one sentence journal of how you are feeling or thinking. Start cooking exotic dishes, start eating exotic dishes, send your colleagues a fun fact or meme. This might be the perfect time to learn tap dancing from YouTube.
You can also jump onto Griffith’s Online Health and Wellness Centre for support and advice.
Ask everyone you connect with if they are OK, then listen. It can make a world of difference.
We are all in this together.
Stay safe and well.