Teach Middle East Magazine Apr - Jun 2020 Issue 3 Volume 7 - Page 53

Wellbeing of the loss of income will be felt for some time to come. It, therefore, means that teachers will need help in restructuring their finances at this time. So, when I ask how you are doing. I also want you to think about how you are doing financially. Strategies to help improve your wellbeing during COVID-19 and beyond These strategies are things that I personally try to do as much as possible to improve my wellbeing. I hope you will try to put as many of them in practice as you can. Accept your emotions Teachers are known to be strong. We take most things with a smile and a broad shoulder. The fact is we are still human, and if we continually deny our emotions, we may cause more damage to ourselves. If you feel like crying, cry. Sometimes all you need is a good cry to make you feel better. If you feel lonely or lost, admit it and find ways to improve the way that you are feeling. off the sofa and do some exercise, but you simply have to. There is a plethora of free work out videos on YouTube. Find one that you like and dedicate at least 30 minutes a day to exercising. If you have stairs in your home or building, as long as it is safe to do so, use them as a part of your workout. Climbing the stairs for at least 15 minutes will get your heart pumping. Pilates and yoga are also good. Be Present Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental wellbeing. This includes your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". Mindfulness can help you enjoy life more and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Give to others Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental wellbeing by: 5 5 creating positive feelings and a sense of reward 5 5 giving you a feeling of purpose and self-worth 5 5 helping you connect with other people It could be small acts of kindness towards other people or larger ones like volunteering in your local community. Join a virtual get together There are a number of webinars, online parties and other ways to connect virtually. Join in. You might find that you really enjoy it. If you cannot socialise in person, that does not mean that you cannot connect virtually. I have heard of people cooking together virtually, celebrating birthdays and even visiting museums, all online. It might be quite some time before things go back to normal, if they ever do, but you do not have to put your life on hold or ruin your wellbeing while we go through COVID-19. Laugh Find something that makes you laugh every day. Watch a funny video clip on the internet. Call a friend who makes you laugh even when things are tough. Read a book that is fun and light reading. Watch a comedy on Netflix. Make a deliberate effort to laugh. It will do wonders for your wellbeing. Limit the news Watching the news is important to stay informed, however keeping the news channel running all day in the background, might do you a great deal of mental harm. As depressing as the current news may be, it is there to keep us informed on what is happening, however we do not have to be constantly taking it in. I suggest limiting news intake to 15-20 minutes a day, maximum, should be enough for you to get the major headlines. Be physically active Trust me, I know how hard it is to get After the Bell Term 3 Apr - Jun 2020 53