Wellbeing during COVID-19 (working in isolation)

We will be adding tips, advice and guidance to this page over the coming weeks, as well as various resources that we hope will help all staff manage their wellbeing during this time.

LOOKING AFTER YOUR WELLBEING WHILST WORKING FROM HOME

As many of us are having to adapt to working from home, we have produced this short document which gives tips on how to look after yourself during this time. 

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TELEPHONE HELPLINE SUPPORT 

This is an external service offered by Medicash. Speak to a trained counsellor 24/7, 365 days a year.

They can offer support and advice on various topics, including health & wellbeing, relationships, work, bereavement, finances and childcare.  

To access the support line, call 0345 565 1851 and mention you are LJMU Staff.

or visit their website: www.medicash.org/wellness 


MINDFULNESS

Dr Peter Malinowski, Reader in the Natural Sciences and Psychology department, and experienced Mindfulness Practitioner has written some useful information about the practice of mindfulness and how it can be applied during uncertain times. Read about this here.

Peter has recorded a series of videos to help understand the process and guided mindfulness sessions for practice:

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SILVER CLOUD ONLINE PROGRAMME

We have partnered with a programme to help people through COVID-19 by developing emotional coping strategies and support with how to deal with grief and loss.

SilverCloud is a self-help cognitive behaviour therapy programme, offering a variety of modules to support us all in our day-to-day lives during the pandemic and beyond.

There are modules on depression, anxiety, stress and body image, as well as the new module on COVID-19. 

To find out more watch this video and visit their website here to get started.


RESILIENCE TRAINING

In light of recent events, a video resource, recorded by facilitator Jason Boulter, is currently available: 

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These sessions focus on raising awareness of how to respond positively to periods of acute stress and pressure, by building resilience and the capability to respond to challenging events. Looking at tools, techniques and methods that can help create a resilient attitude.

Contact Jason Boulter for further details: j.boulter@ljmu.ac.uk


MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING

Regular training is available either as a 2-day Mental Health Awareness course, or a 1-day HE specific course available to staff.

Contact Julie Bennett for further details: j.bennett1@ljmu.ac.uk


ESILIENCE TRAINING

These sessions focus on raising awareness of how to respond positively to periods of acute stress and pressure, by building resilience and the capability to respond to challenging events.

Looking at tools, techniques and methods that can help create a resilient attitude.

Contact Jason Boulter for further details: j.boulter@ljmu.ac.uk


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INTRODUCING THE WELLBEING CENTRE ON BENEFITS PLUS

We have launched a new resource within Benefits Plus, The Wellbeing Centre, which has been developed by Reward Gateway, our platform provider.

Simply log in to your Benefits Plus account (or register) to gain access to a range of videos and articles which aim to offer advice in 4 main areas; Move, Munch, Money and Mind. 

Contact Liz Cousins if you have any issues accessing Benefits Plus or any questions: e.cousins@ljmu.ac.uk


INTRODUCING LJMU MOVING FORWARD TOGETHER MICROSITE 

More information is available on the dedicated microsite which has been developed to help staff and students cope during the pandemic. 

Visit the site here.


ONLINE RESOURCES FOR ADULTS

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

Below is a range of online resources that might help you maintain/improve your activity levels;

Virgin Pulse Step Challenge 2020 - This year brings a brand new platform, tonnes of information that can be tailored to your needs, and a chance to re-connect with colleagues. Sign up today and take on the challenge! 

Joe Wicks Home Workouts (including chair workout for Seniors)

Oti Mabuse Live Evening Adult Dance Classes - 7.30pm Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun on Facebook Live 

Anton Du Beke - Fit at 50 & Elevenses with Anton (streaming daily)

Royal Academy of Dance - RAD@Home including FREE online ‘Silver Swans’ ballet exercise classes 

Karen Hauer - various workouts including Stretch Flow, CardioKe & ABSolute Power  

Davina McCall – Own Your Goals – free access for 30 days 

YinYan Yoga – free and paid for online classes available  

Breath & Being Yoga - online classes via Zoom on Mon/Wed/Fri  

NHS Fitness Studio - contains dozens of instructor-led videos across aerobics exercise, strength, resistance and pilates (including activities suitable for people with long-term health conditions)

Sport England #StayInWorkOut – Join the Movement!

Fit For Me - campaign aimed at inspiring people living and working in Liverpool to be more active have launched home activities for people to follow

The British Heart Foundation - videos and exercises (including many that can be done whilst seated)

Race For Life At Home #RaceForLifeAtHome

BTR Virtual Race Series - Are you a regular runner or looking to take up running? Between June to August 2020, BTR are offering you the chance to enter a series of virtual runs, completed in your own time, in exchange for a medal and bragging rights.


MENTAL HEALTH

Below is a range of online resources that might help you maintain/improve your mental health;

Metropolitan Cathedral Weekly Mass - service streamed live 

'Live from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’ Digital Programmes 

Gareth Malone’s Great British Home Chorus 

Frazzled Café - virtual meeting via Zoom (waiting list) 

Every Mind Matters  

MHFA England - including 'My Whole Self'

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Mental Health Foundation 'Take Action, Get Active' challenge launched 1st May - get moving for mental health this May! If you missed it you can still take part.

The theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, 18th-24th May 2020, was Kindness

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Action for Happiness - download a new calendar every month packed with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world

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Read Liverpool FREE eReading service – browse and download books, audiobooks, magazines and comics to your phone, tablet or e-reader

Museums & Galleries Virtual Tours and Online Collections - National Museums Liverpool, The British Museum, Manchester MuseumNatural History Museum Online Collection & Tate Gallery

Culture Liverpool - various resources to keep you active, engaged and connected 

The Guide Liverpool - Local News and Events 

Visit Liverpool - Latest news as Liverpool opens its doors #LoveYourLiverpool

Springwatch 2020 - 26th May till 12th June on BBC Two - catch up now.


ESILIENCE TRAINING

These sessions focus on raising awareness of how to respond positively to periods of acute stress and pressure, by building resilience and the capability to respond to challenging events.

Looking at tools, techniques and methods that can help create a resilient attitude.

Contact Jason Boulter for further details: j.boulter@ljmu.ac.uk


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ONLINE RESOURCES FOR KIDS

Home schooling your children and managing your workload can seem an almost impossible task, but there are lots of resources online that can help keep kids entertained and support their learning. LDF have collated some resources that might help with home schooling, and you can read more here.

Below is a range of other online resources that might help with this and keep to some routine;

09.00am - PE with Joe Wicks 

10.00am - Maths with Carol Vordeman 

11.00am - English with David Walliams 

11.00am - Oti Mabuse Kids Dance  

13.00pm - Music with Myleene Klass 

14.00pm - History with Dan Snow (free for 30-days)

16.00pm - Home Economics with Theo Michaels 

Other resources:




MENTAL HEALTH AWARENES


ESILIENCE TRAINING

These sessions focus on raising awareness of how to respond positively to periods of acute stress and pressure, by building resilience and the capability to respond to challenging events.

Looking at tools, techniques and methods that can help create a resilient attitude.

Contact Jason Boulter for further details: j.boulter@ljmu.ac.uk


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INTRODUCING THE WELLBEING CENTRE ON BENEFITS PLUS



ESILIENCE TRAINING

These sessions focus on raising awareness of how to respond positively to periods of acute stress and pressure, by building resilience and the capability to respond to challenging events.

Looking at tools, techniques and methods that can help create a resilient attitude.

Contact Jason Boulter for further details: j.boulter@ljmu.ac.uk


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Contact Jason Boulter for further details: j.boulter@ljmu.ac.uk


MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID TRAINING