UNICEF staff councillors recommend that their staff create a wellbeing plan during this unprecedented time, and have put together a list of top tips to help anyone do just that.

1. Stick to routines or start new ones

Get up and go to sleep at a regular time. Get dressed. Exercise. Take a shower. Do the dishes. Involve the children so that you have a family plan.

2. Stay connected

Have video chats with your family, friends and colleagues. Open about how you’re feeling and ask others how they’re feeling. Check in with colleagues regularly, especially those who are alone.

3. Engage in hobbies and things you enjoy

Do karaoke. Read. Cook. Do puzzles. Sew or knit.

4. Set up a ‘worry window’

Write down all your worries throughout the day and give yourself permission to think about those worries during a specific time of day.

5. Engage in wellbeing practices

Use meditation and mindfulness apps (see our list below). Exercise. Keep a gratitude journal in which you write three things you are grateful for every day. Congratulate yourself and others on having a ‘great day’. Remember lots of things have not been cancelled like music, family, reading, singing, laughing and hope. Make sure you enjoy them.

Reference – Unicef Day four: Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore’s video diary amid the coronavirus outbreak | UNICEF

UNICEF Video Diary Playlist

Category – Wellbeing

Format – Youtube Channel

About – UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta H. Fore, has been filming video diaries during her time working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic. Henrietta offers helpful advice during her videos, particularly on day four where she shares her list of top tips for working from home, which we have referenced above.

House Party

Category -Communication

Format – App

About – House Party allows you to spend time with those you care about via video chat. This free app allows chats with up to 8 people from your contacts list. Once you are in a chat, anyone can add additional people to the chat and even initiate games such as trivia.

Zoom

Category -Communication

Format – App/Website

About – Zoom is another great video chat app/website you can use to contact friends, family or colleagues. Zoom have initiated demos and webinars for information on how to best use the app to navigate the coronavirus pandemic.

Audible

Category -Entertainment

Format – App

Audible, the audio-book app, is offering a 30 day free trials with a choice of any book from their library. They are also providing an entirely free service called Audible Stories throughout school closures. This service provides a collection of free stories for children and teens.

Skill Share

Category -Entertainment/Productivity

Format – Website

About – Skill Share provides free online classes for new skills such as SEO, Productivity Habits, Podcasting and Illustration. The website has thousands of classes which include anything from practical work skills or entertainment/hobby-based lessons.

The Body Coach TV

Category – Exercise

Format – YouTube Channel

About – Personal trainer Joe Wicks has many home workouts videos available for free on his YouTube Channel. These classes vary between 10, 20 and 30 minutes and offer a variety of different exercises.

Yoga with Adriene

Category – Exercise/Wellbeing

Format – YouTube Channel

About – Yoga with Adriene is a YouTube Channel offering hundreds of yoga videos for free. There is something for everyone here including yoga focusing on mental health and wellbeing as well as physical health.

The Body Coach TV - P.E with Joe Live workouts for kids

Category – Exercise

Format – YouTube Channel

About – Personal Trainer Joe Wicks will be hosting P.E lessons for kids live on his YouTube Channel every weekday at 9.30am during the school closures.

Supercook

Category – Healthy Eating

Format – Website

About – The Supercook website allows you to input the ingredients you have in stock and produces recipes that include those ingredients.

Change4Life

Category – Healthy Eating

Format – Website

About – Change4Life has a database of healthy recipes suitable for family cooking.

Coach.me

Category – Productivity

Format – App

About – With the free version of the Coach.me app, you can build habits and set goals for work, health and wellbeing. This app could provide a way of setting a new routine when working at home, isolating or caring for children during school closures.

Headspace

Category – Wellbeing

Format – App

About – The free version of the headspace app offers exercise videos and meditation guides.

Calm

Category – Wellbeing

Format – App

About – The Calm app offers a great platform for beginners who would like to give mediation a go.

Mind.com Advice for staying at home

Category – wellbeing

Format – Website

About – Mind offer some advice on how isolating can affect your mental health and wellbeing and how you can combat this.

Ten Percent Happier

Category – Wellbeing

Format – App/Website

About – Ten Percent Happier offers meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks designed to help build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.

Guardian Advice for working from home

Category – Productivity

Format – Website

About – The Guardian offers some tips for those that are able to work from home.