With many schools closed across the nation, much of the responsibility has moved to parents to manage their children’s homeschooling. Balancing homeschooling and working from home can add some unneeded stress on the lives of some parents.
To assist with this, BP has released a tip sheet to help manage your kids while working from home. The tip sheet also talks about ways to manage your emotions, keep kids engaged, and talk to them about COVID-19. The tip sheet also lists a number of educational resources for kids along with educational YouTube channels to keep children engaged.
The tip sheet can be found here (please note that the direct links within the downloadable PDF cannot be accessed outside of the BP network, but the sheet should still add value):
Many of us are facing different working conditions during this time. These sudden and drastic changes can add stress to our daily lives. To help with maintaining good mental health during uncertain times, BP has put together a list of tips for working from home.
Your home needs to remain associated with feelings of rest, play and love. Keep work papers to one room (ideally not your kitchen, lounge or bedroom). Keep a physical boundary and, if possible, close the door to keep separate from home activities.
Don’t leave lingering reminders of work around. If you must work in family rooms, use a cabinet or closet when you finish to put your work away and out of site.
Establish routines including start and finish times with planned breaks. The brain needs a break every 50-90 minutes and the body needs to move every 15 minutes. Set a “move now” timer if needed. Focus on doing something different each break.
Enjoy the comforts that work from home can bring. With no commute, can you sleep longer? Do you have home-based activities and hobbies that provide a completely different challenges from work (i.e. exercise, gardening, cooking, cleaning, even artistic decorating)? Have something to look forward to everyday.
Don’t go from the computer to the TV. Take a break from technology and screens (i.e. exercise, stretch, yoga, dance, run). Create a routine with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that can help you to achieve 10,000 steps each day.
We all need to feel that we belong, which can be a significant challenge when we are working from home. If other family members are at home, organize synchronized breaks. If you live alone, contact friends and family regularly.
Recognize that others will also be facing new and perhaps unexpected challenges. We all come from different backgrounds and home situations and we can’t assume our experiences are the same as others. Reach out to your team members and ask them how they are, what they need, and how you can all work together virtually to feel more included.
We all need to feel we have purpose. Reflect and take an audit of what you have achieved each day and each week and keep a running list of completed activities. This will help you feel motivated in quiet times.
We are all more than our online presence, so turn on cameras and bring personality, humor, gratitude, warmth, and compassion to daily communications.
Take this time as an opportunity to learn new things both within and outside work. Listen to interesting podcasts and Ted Talks for example. Set targets for yourself and discuss your new learnings with friends, family, and teams.
Recognize your own needs for connectedness, space, rest, reflection, and play. We are all unique, so reach out to family and work colleagues for help as needed. Try to recognize symptoms of stress and anxiety both within you and others.