Thriving from home: Maintaining your mojo at home

These are unprecedented times. Many of us are waking up to the new reality of being confined to working (and mostly living) from home for the foreseeable future. It could transpire to be several months before we are permitted to return to our workplaces or even use public transport. While many of us are still really busy, it would be inaccurate to describe our busyness as ‘business as usual’. Most of us will probably recognise that some of our busyness may not even be particularly productive. There is nothing usual about the situation we find ourselves in and it will not be long before the novelty of these enforced social distancing measures wears off. I think a challenge that many of us wil

Thriving from home: Daily rituals to maintain positive wellbeing when working remotely from home

**Update, further measures were announced on 23 March 2020, which include only going out once per day for health reasons. I have included further ideas towards the end of this article on adapting to the new 'normal'** Having been thrown into the deep end four and a half years ago, when I set up my business, I quickly learned what did and didn’t work when it comes to working remotely from home. For the people reading this, many of you will have experience of working from home once (or perhaps twice a week) at most. However, with the prospect of further government lockdowns on the free movement of people on the horizon people are now facing the prospect of several weeks if not months working

The importance of social connection at a time of physical isolation

While we are being told to self-isolate where practicable, it is important to recognise the impact that feelings of loneliness and social isolation may have on people’s mental health and immunity. With the right technology, it should be easy enough for businesses to require employees to work from home for a specified period. It may also be preferential to ask the most vulnerable in society to self-isolate for a period of time, to keep them safe from contagion. However, we shouldn’t underestimate the considerable impact that this is likely to have on people’s mental and physical health. Loneliness is subjective - you could be surrounded by hundreds of people and still feel lonely. However, be

Five ways to bolster your immune function

At a time when mass panic has set in and people have found themselves caught on camera fighting over the last pack of toilet paper in the supermarket, we can often forget what exactly it is we are actually panicking about. Arguably one of the most important facets of tackling the virus, other than preventing its spread, is to ensure our immune function is ready and able to fight it if we do contract it. There are plenty of things we can do to naturally support our immune function. Below I share five proven ways to do just that. Sleep There is no avoiding the fact that sleep is probably one of the single best things you can do to maintain a healthy immune function. Studies have shown that whe

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