As the COVID-19 situation progresses, many of us may be feeling increasingly stressed, both personally and professionally.
For some this stress may be exacerbated by the need for social distancing, meaning we are missing the contact we normally have with the people who are important to us. Others may be struggling with providing care for our vulnerable loved ones, or home schooling while juggling working from home. Anxiety levels may also be raised due to over-exposure to news and media.
In our last article we looked at how you can recognise signs of stress and ways to help to tackle it.
If you are struggling with stress, there are many sources of support available to you within the NICS. Support, advice, guidance and resources are available for a range of issues including, mental and physical health, caring, bereavement, financial and work-related issues.
The Welfare Support Service, the Inspire Employee Assistance Programme and the Charity for Civil Servants are all services which are free to use for all NICS colleagues. Further information on these services and how to contact them can be found on the Health and Wellbeing section of the COVID-19 staff information hub.
Keeping active reduces stress
Research shows that staying active is important for our mental and physical health. As well as the physical health benefits, keeping active is a great way to ward off some of the psychological issues associated with being cooped up for an extended period of time. Being active lowers stress levels, helps you sleep better and helps to give you a “feel good” factor.
The NICS Well Team has provided a guide to keeping active during lock down with hints and tips on getting your hour of exercise a day whether you can go outside or are in self isolation.
In conjunction with Activ Healthclub and NICCSA, WELL has also developed a ‘Keep active at home’ initiative with a range of exercise videos that you can do from your own home. Classes include Pilates, Infinity Circuits and Bodyburn classes which require little or no equipment. These classes will be delivered by qualified Activ Healthclub instructors and posted on Facebook for your use.
- Search 'Activ Healthclub' on Facebook