February 18, 2021
Physical and mental well-being during COVID-19
Coping with a global pandemic is challenging in many ways. Not exactly hot off the presses but important to recognise none the less. Now that we are heading towards our second year with COVID-19 related restrictions in place we felt it might be a good time to explore some of the ways in which we can look after the physical and mental well-being of ourselves and one another.
Understandably and inevitably, the events industry has been one of the most heavily affected sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With large gatherings out of the question the events industry has had to adapt and find new ways to function and survive. Many events professionals have found themselves out of work or, if they are lucky, on long term – yet seemingly endless – furlough.
Unable to meet clients or to plan and run the vibrant, fast-paced and exciting events that they love and feel so passionate about, events professionals have had to modify their lives and daily routines in order to cope.
As events industry professionals ourselves, we feel well placed to talk about the mental challenges, stresses and pressures that many employees have been feeling over the last twelve months or so.
Undoubtedly, it has been extremely challenging for employees in other industry sectors too. Many have found themselves rotating between periods of remote home working and stints in the office.
Whatever industry sector you work in, home schooling has been tough; and though we love and cherish our families, we’ve found ourselves thrust together for longer periods of time and with less activity, entertainment and social escapes available to us than ever before.
So what can we do to alleviate some of the pressures?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) having set routines in looking after our mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whilst, for some, the early days of ‘furlough’ might have felt like extra paid holiday, the reality soon kicked in. It may have been tempting to catch up on some sleep, watch a little daytime TV, eat, shower and do other activities (such as work or home schooling) as and when we got to them. But without routine the novelty soon wore off.
It can be difficult to motivate yourself when you are confined to your home environment, living on top of one another, worried about catching a deadly virus and worried for and unable to see close family and friends.
WHO suggest sticking to your usual routines as closely as possible and, if necessary, creating new ones. Take a look at the following tips to establish a good and healthy daily routine as presented on the WHO website:
- Get up and go to bed at similar times every day
- Keep up with personal hygiene
- Eat healthy meals at regular times
- Exercise regularly
- Allocate time for working and time for resting
- Make time for doing things you enjoy
For our teams, finding themselves at home when they are used to spending long days at the extremely physical task of marquee building, the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely challenging.
For others, usually desk-bound, the pandemic might present the opportunity to take more physical exercise than previously possible. Even if you find that yourself stuck behind a computer at home rather than at the office you should, in theory, be saving your usual commuting time.
That said, with gyms and sports centres closed, organised amateur sports on hiatus and safe recreational spaces at a premium, there is no doubt that our physical well-being is as much under threat from pandemic tackling restrictions as our mental well-being.
The WHO Be Active campaign
WHO recommends that healthy adults are physically active for around thirty minutes every day and that healthy children are active for at least an hour per day. They have put together a series of slides and social media tiles to help make exercising around the home simple and fun.
WHO’s suggestions include:
- Taking some online exercise classes
- Playing active video games
- Jumping rope
- Practising muscle strength and balance training
But we’d suggest visiting this webpage and scrolling to the bottom to view their activity slides and to plan the best activities for you and your family. #BeActive #HeathlyAtHome
Visit the WHO website for more tips
When it comes to events (and marquees in particular) we know what to do no matter how challenging the situation or brief. But when it comes to mental health, and in particular coping with a global pandemic, we need to lean on the opinions and advice offered by the experts.
The WHO website is packed full of great advice for assisting with mental and physical wellbeing during the COVID-19 crisis. They cover COVID-19 specific topics such as healthy eating, healthy parenting, keeping physically active and looking after our mental health.
How about planning an event?
Mental and physical well-being are paramount at challenging times such as these. Following WHO’s advice, tips and guidance is a great way to ensure that you keep yourself mentally and physically on track, ready for a return to a world that is closer to the pre-COVID-19 normality that we know, love and long for.
And how about planning an event? Positive thinking plays an important role in maintaining mental well-being. Having something to look forward to, such as a post pandemic party for family and friends, could offer you (and your guests) just the boost that’s needed.
We’ve created sensible pandemic related postponement and cancellation policies that make booking a post COVID-19 event a safe and exciting reality. Why not contact us on 01372 459485or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more?