Free webinar on coping with change and mindfulness
Things sure have been different recently. Shops shut. Pubs closed. Planes grounded. Train routes suspended. Queues to get into supermarkets (and a very different experience once you are inside). Most of us have been affected in one way or another by the lockdown restrictions announced in the UK on March 23 to help control the spread of Coronavirus.
It hasn’t been all bad though. According to the National Air Traffic Service, there has been a 90% increase in air quality due to the decrease in cars on the road. We have seen an outpouring of support for vulnerable people, as communities come together to help one another through trying times. And we have been enjoying more quality time with the family. Although in my case, joining my youngest daughter for a morning workout led to an injury that kept me off my feet for quite a few weeks. “Joe Wicks” is now considered to be a swear word in our home.
Although we have not been in the training room for some time, we have been keeping busy, delivering remote coaching and webinars to teams of key workers and those working from home. Meetings have continued but using video conferencing apps, which can also take some getting used to. It will be interesting to see how work changes once the lockdown has ended.
Worrying signs for mental health
But all of this change means that our health and wellbeing is being challenged. Parents are worried about their children, who are unable to attend lessons or see their friends, helping with schoolwork and trying to keep them entertained. Various surveys and studies have indicated that over 30% of people are not sleeping well and eating more (or less healthily) with around 20% of people drinking more alcohol at home.
There are also worrying signs for mental health – the day after the full lockdown was announced, researchers from Sheffield and Ulster Universities found in a study that 38% of participants reported significant depression and 36% reported significant anxiety. The number of working age people suffering from poor mental health is expected to rise by around ½ million people according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).
That is why one of the sessions we have been running for our clients is a free webinar concerned with wellbeing and mindfulness during periods of significant change. “It’s OK to be OK and it’s OK to not be OK” is about the emotions that you and others may be experiencing and the impact that this may be having. The session explains how people respond to change at an emotional level, how to deal with these emotions and offers some tips and techniques for mindfulness.
Extended offer of free webinar
We are now extending this offer to any organisation wanting to provide more support to their teams as they deal with the continued challenges of working in an extended period of uncertainty and change.
Our office phone line is now open again but we still think the best way to contact us is through the website – put the emphasis on us to call you. If you would like to schedule a session just let us know.
In the meantime, and at the risk of sounding like one of our favourite TV characters, we wish you… good mental health.