Suncatcher’s Covid-19 Statement
April 1, 2020 — There has been a wealth of information shared across all platforms about the main symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if you are experiencing symptoms.
The stated goal of social distancing is to reduce transmission in people who are not displaying symptoms, self-isolation involves those who may have been exposed to the virus and quarantine refers to people without symptoms who are known to have been exposed to the Covid-19 virus.
No matter which of the above situations we might find ourselves in, there are a number of suggestions that can help. These include, but are not limited to:
- Using the Suncatcher Light Therapy Lamp with 10,000 lux that helps provide you with energy and helps chase away the winter blues. The Suncatcher Light Therapy Lamp can help you deal with being isolated or your inability to get outside
- Staying connected with friends, family, and colleagues via telephone and/or video calls; be sure to reach out to those around you and check up on people even if you’re not struggling yourself
- Keep active – whether that’s venturing out for a walk, yoga, or a bike ride run
- Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated
- Stay busy – take up a new hobby, find an online course, experiment with cooking, read your favorite book or binge-watch the Harry Potter movies with your children.
Everyone’s experience of working or staying at home will be different and the impact that this could have on any one person will be different for people.
Some people will have a support system around them including friends, family and pets, and others will be more alone. Some helpful suggestions include the following:
- Stick to a routine – get up, shower, eat breakfast, get dressed and take a quick walk before work
- Establishing boundaries – if possible, keep your workspace separate from your eating/sleeping spaces
- Take frequent breaks – refresh your mind, grab a hot drink or get away from your thoughts for a bit
- Set small goals – being at home comes with a lot of distractions so be sure to set yourself realistic expectations on what you can achieve and don’t feel disappointed if it didn’t get done
- Support your team members – if you’re a manager, take a look at Mind’s top tips for supporting your team’s wellbeing, including yours.
Looking after our mental health is of extreme importance in general but is especially imperative now during the COVID-19 outbreak – whether that’s finding ways to manage the information we’re receiving from news and social media, to staying connected with friends, family, loved ones and colleagues. It’s also important to note that there are many other avenues in which the coronavirus pandemic can impact mental health that hasn’t been covered in this article (e.g., working from home whilst juggling homeschooling to job loss and unemployment stress).
Our key recommendation to everyone is to be kind to yourself and others. Find and provide support and consider the points above to help.
Our very best from our family to yours.