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 and friends. Open up about how you’re feeling and ask others how they’re feeling. Check in with colleagues regularly, through secure video facilities 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

Connecting Social Work during Social Isolation

Padlet message board moderated and set up by Denise Turner

Supporting remote and online supervision during COVID-19 - Author Alison Domakin via Research in Practice website.

General

 

Elefriends

Category – Wellbeing/Community

Format – Website

About - Elefriends is a supportive online community from the mental health charity Mind. We all know what it’s like to struggle sometimes, but now there’s a safe place to listen, share and be heard. (Free to use, for over 17s only)

 

Silver Cloud Health

Category – Wellbeing

Format – Website

About – Silver cloud provides a wide range of supportive and interactive programmes, tools and tactics for mental and behavioural health issues. (Free to use)

 

Own your Own Goals Davina

Category – Fitness

Format – App

About - Free 30day trial – includes fitness, nutrition and wellbeing.

 

My Fitness Pal

Category – Fitness

Format – App

About - Free online calorie counter and diet plan.

 

Les Mills on demand

Category – Fitness

Format – App

About – Free trial. Workout at home with unlimited access to over 800 workouts.

 

Gov.uk COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Category – Wellness

Format –Website

About – Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

National Wellbeing Hub for People working in health and social care (Scotland)

Category - Wellness

Format - Website

About - The Hub is a partnership between national, local and professional bodies in Scotland with a shared passion for looking after the emotional and psychological wellbeing of our country’s health and social services workers.

 

Weathering the storm: How can social workers maintain their emotional resilience during the coronavirus pandemic?

Category - resilience 

Format - blog 

About - A blog written by Sarah Rose, current PhD student researching the emotional resilience of social workers, sharing how social workers can remain resilient during the pandemic. 

 

Calm Covid-19 Blog

Category – Wellbeing

Format – Website

About – A curated list of resources from Calm.com, including meditations, music and mindfulness.

 

Category – Communication/Wellbeing

Format – Website

About – A way for all involved in Social Work to share tips; photos; videos; jokes etc etc etc to connect during self-isolation.

 

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 and family. 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.

Padlet

Category - Productivity/Wellbeing/Communication

Format – Website/App

About – Used by teachers, students, professionals, and individuals of all ages, all around the world, the Padlet app is the easiest way to create and collaborate wherever you are.

Padlet is like paper for your screen. Start with an empty page and then put whatever you like on it. Upload a video, record an interview, snap a selfie, write your own text posts or upload some documents, and watch your padlet come to life. Once others add to it, the page will update in real time.

See the Padlet for "Connecting Social Work during Social Isolation" by social worker, Denise Turner

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.  

Working with display screen equipment (DSE) A brief guide.  This leaflet will help you to comply with the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 and explains what you, as an employer, may need to do to protect your employees from any risks associated with Display Screen Equipment (DSE) (ie computers and laptops). 

These are just a selection of online resources, platforms and facilities which aim to give you an idea of how to connect with family and friends and to support wellbeing.  There are many more platforms and facilities to choose from.  Please do remember to ensure you use secure video and phone facilities for confidential professional discussions.

Other ideas to take care of yourself

  • Take a bubble bath
  • Wrap yourself in a warm, soft blanket
  • Blow Bubbles
  • Watch a funny film
  • Sing or listen to music
  • Wear soft & comfy clothes and read a magazine
  • Sit in the sun
  • Play with a pet
  • Light a candle
  • Take a nap
  • Daydream
  • Have a virtual catch up with your friends – on What’s App/Zoom/ Houseparty
  • Dance in your living room
  • Hula Hoop
  • Plant some flowers or bulbs
  • Rearrange your home
  • Stretch
  • Ride a bike
  • Doodle or colour
  • Create and cook a new dish
  • Play an instrument
  • Make a gift for someone
  • Write a song or a poem
  • Knit, crochet or sew
  • Invent something!
  • Learn about something new
  • Write a letter
  • Paint a picture

 

Useful resource for Children whilst social distancing / self-isolating

Welsh language resources for children

Category – Children

Format – YouTube Channel

About - Huw Aeron will be uploading daily Welsh language drawing video-comics, doodles, cartoons etc to YouTube.

Bydd Huw Aeron yn lanlwytho fideo pob dydd i YouTube yn rannu tips arluno, creu comics, gemau, animeiddio ag ati i blant.

Apiau Cymraeg/Welsh Apps

 

Resources for children

Science and Nature

Keeping healthy

  • PE with Joe Wicks on YouTube – weekdays at 9am
  • Dance with Oti Mabuse on Facebook – everyday at 11:30am – but you can view the class at anytime
  • www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga - yoga and mindfulness activities for children

Maths for kids

Creativity