Novel Coronavirus (covid-19) has been in the headlines for some time now, and we have been busy planning how we can minimise the effects to our apprentices and our contractor partners. Public Health Wales has advice on how to protect yourself, and we would ask that everyone keep themselves up to date with the latest health advice.
For apprentices, we have been in contact with all our apprentices individually to discuss our plans going forward during this uncertain time. Please follow instructions you’ve been given by the Y Prentis team. We will be reviewing our approach every four weeks and will be in contact with everyone should anything change. The whole team is still available to assist you and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
For contractors, Y Prentis remains committed to supporting your business through these unprecedented times. We will be in regular contact with you for updates and to monitor the situation regarding your hosting of our apprentices and any changes. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.
Our priority remains the health and safety of our colleagues, apprentices and partners.
Looking after your mental health while self-isolating
Self-isolating can be a stressful or anxious time for many people, but there are lots of little ways that you can make yourself feel better. We’ve put together a list of small things you can implement whilst staying at home, to help you keep your mental health in tip-top shape.
Eat well and drink water regularly
Although your appetite for food may change if you aren’t in your regular routine or you’re not as active as you usually are, eating and drinking water regularly will help to keep energy and mood levels stable. Try to eat fruit and vegetables, these can have a great effect on your mental as well as your physical health.
Tidy room, tidy mind
Take care of your immediate surroundings. You might find you can relax more if the area your spending time in is clean and tidy. Cleaning your house, doing your laundry and washing yourself are all important ways to stop germs spreading too!
Keep your routine
Try to keep your routine as ordinary as possible. Wake up at your normal time, follow your usual getting-ready routine, and go to sleep when you normally would. Setting out a plan for your day can motivate you and stop you from feeling overwhelmed. If your working from home, hour-by-hour plans can help you to break up your day and ensure you get everything done. You may find it helpful to write this down, in a diary or on a wall chart.
Connect to others
With work colleagues, family or friends, make plans to video catch up or hold a group messaging chat. If you have a set plan in advance, everyone is more likely to attend. If your worried you won’t have much to talk about, you can arrange to watch a television programme or read a book beforehand to discuss.
This may seem daunting if you don’t usually incorporate exercise into your day, or you tend to go to the gym or exercise classes, but there are lots of ways that you can keep active at home. Dance along to the radio, run up and down your stairs a few times, or take part in some of the many digital classes taking place on youtube and facebook. If your able to get out for a walk, an hour in nature can reduce stress and anger, and help you to feel more relaxed.
If you have much more time on your hands at the moment, taking up a hobby or creative outlet is a great way to spend your time. You could try arts and crafts, playing musical instruments or writing. Mindfulness techniques, yoga or meditation can help you to de-stress. While reading or listening to music, or podcasts, can keep your brain occupied and challenged.