With the current lockdown and social distancing measures in-place, many of us are now adjusting to a new lifestyle and routine. This may feel quite challenging, but there are lots of services and resources available to help support you through this time.
Here are some of our top tips for maintaining your wellbeing while working from home, information on the support services you can access at this time, and advice for staying safe online.
I’m having problems connecting to the internet. What should I do?
Please restart your internet equipment (modem, router, wi-fi access points). This will resolve most issues.
If internet seems slow, sometimes this can be caused by a browser with many tabs opened or a computer that hasn’t been recently rebooted. It’s always a good idea to close and reopen your browser if web browsing seems sluggish or, even better, restart your computer.
What computer should I use at home?
It is always advisable to use your college-issued computer to perform any work or access any company data or resources. Your personal computer may not have the same level of protection as your company computer.
Where should I save my work?
Please save any work to college network drives or your college OneDrive account. DO NOT save sensitive data locally to devices
Should I use Microsoft Teams via a web browser?
You will get a better experience from downloading the application as opposed to using through the browser https://teams.microsoft.com/downloads
What are my login details for BKSB?
BKSB users need to use their college login to access the tool
What can I do to stay safe online?
Please be mindful to lock all devices when you are not using them. If you are sharing home computers with other people in the household, please remember to log out of all college applications when finished
Please be mindful of scams. There have been reports of COVID-19 related scams in email, phone and text messages. If you are concerned please get in contact with Computer Services
If you are concerned about the security of email on home devices we can enable Multi-Factor Authentication on your account.
Please install any updates when prompted and shut down your machines so they install correctly after use
Do college devices have antivirus software?
All college devices will have antivirus installed on them. We recommend having some antivirus protection on your home device if you are using them to access college data (email). There are a variety of good free products such as McAfee Total or Sophos home - https://www.mcafee.com/consumer/en-us/landing-page/direct/aff/wfh-60dayfree.html https://home.sophos.com/en-us.aspx
Some Worthwhile Tips About Working From Home:
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-51838468 - Few weeks old but still relevant
Who can I contact if I need IT help?
Please contact Computer Services if you have any concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may have some concerns about how the current situation will affect your course and achievement. Using your time productively, completing all work online and taking advantage of the support available will help you to go far.
Focus on the positives!
Remote working can provide a great opportunity to be productive in the comfort of your own home. Follow some of these tips to get the most out of your time and stay happy and healthy in the process.
1. Make a Plan – As tempting as it might be to stay in pyjamas all day, making a plan of tasks and sticking to a regular routine can help you to feel productive and organised. It can also make your days feel more meaningful. Try starting your day at the same time you usually would and take time to relax and connect with others.
2. Move More – You might not be getting as much exercise at home as you would be on campus. Physical activity is great for reducing stress, giving us more energy, making us more alert and helping us to sleep better. Ways to keep active at this time could be taking a walk or following a fitness video online.
3. Eat Well – It can be quite tempting to snack on unhealthy foods throughout the day, especially when we are feeling stressed or worried. Sticking to a regular breakfast, lunch and dinner routine at similar times everyday and getting plenty of fruit and veg will do great for your general health and wellbeing.
4. Sleep Well – A good night’s sleep is important for your wellbeing. You can improve your sleep by going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday, getting natural sunlight to regulate your body clock, and avoiding using screens for an hour before bed.
5. Keep In-Touch – Remote working might feel lonely compared to learning in a class with other students. Take advantage of technology to keep in-touch with your family, friends and classmates, and don’t forget to contact your tutor too if you need any help!
6. Reflect and Relax – Take time to look back at what went well and what you’ve achieved each day and write it down. Mindfulness and relaxation techniques can help you to focus on the present and lighten negative feelings or stress.
Find more information and resources to help boost your wellbeing here:
These are just a few examples of free online activities you can do to boost your wellbeing during the lockdown:
The following links contain information on the support services you can access:
It is good to stay up to date with the latest government measures and news on the situation, but try not to check the news too frequently and make sure to find information from reliable sources.
We’re now relying on technology more than ever. Make sure you follow these safety tips to keep your data and devices secure:
Many organisations are looking for people aged 18 and over to volunteer with them in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Here are a few ways you can get involved:
British Red Cross – Recruiting for:
NHS – Recruiting for:
Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK – This page details registered Facebook Covid-19 groups who are working hand-in-hand with local authorities.
Help yourself to stay healthy by following NHS advice. For the most up-to-date advice, please visit the NHS Website.