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Covid-19 Updates 

Wales are currently in a level 4 lockdown. 

What does that mean?

  • people must stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • people must not visit other households, or meet other people they do not live with
  • many types of businesses are required to close

What you must do at alert level 4

At Level 4 you must:

  • Follow social distancing rules with people you don’t live with or who are not in your support bubble.
  • Wear a face covering (if you are able to) in all indoor public places.
  • Stay at home.
  • Not create an extended household (single adults or single parents may join with one other household to form an exclusive support bubble).
  • Meet only the people you live with or your support bubble indoors.
  • Meet only your household or support bubble in private gardens.
  • Meet only your household or support bubble outdoors. 
  • Work from home if you can. 
  • Not travel without reasonable excuse. 
  • Not travel internationally without reasonable excuse.

Working from home

Following the government's guidance when you must work from home (WFH)  if you can. Even though working from home is not unknown to us with this third lockdown, it still comes with its fair share of challenges. Here are some useful tips to help you stay productive whilst working from home. 

1. Change your mindset

It's crucial to have the right mindset when WFH, but don't be to hard on yourself. Allow yourself time to adjust and don't beat yourself up if you're having a down day where it feels like everything is going wrong. Remind yourself you are working during a pandemic and everyone is having to adapt.

2. Plan your day before you start

It can be hard to stay on track with all the distractions home has to offer. Planning your day out and prioritising your most urgent tasks for first thing in the morning will ensure that you stay on track and maximise your day. 

3. Create a comfortable home office

In an ideal world you will have a room that your can make into your new home office. However not everyone is so lucky, try and find a space that you can dedicate to your work space. This could be anything to a dining or kitchen table, but make sure its a space that you can take yourself away from at the end of the day. 

4. Stay hydrated 

This might sound like a broken record but keeping hydrated is so important. Not only does this improve your sleep quality but it keeps you motivated and awake. Treat yourself and buy a new snazzy water bottle that will encourage you keep hydrated through the day. 

5. Take regular breaks 

Make sure that you are taking regular breaks and even schulde them into your day. Stepping away from your computer screen or phone for 10 minutes can increase your work productivity and leave you feeling refreshed. 

6. Stay connected 

Working away from the office and your colleagues can be lonely, ensure you keep regular contact with your team. Online communication can be challenging but hosting a daily team meeting through Zoom and Skype allows your the opportunity to check in with your team. 

7. Exercise 

As many of us are cooped up inside and sitting at the desk for the majority of the day doing some exercise can really help to break up the day. Exercising doesn't have to mean continus squat jumps or at home ab workouts, but can be as simple as going for a walk and getting some fresh air. 

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