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  • Working from home self-care

    The global COVID-19 pandemic has seen people suddenly working remotely, trying to juggle their workload with their home life. But while working from home might be new to you, some have been doing it for years. Below are some tips on making remote work easier.

    Go easy on yourself

    While transitioning from office life can be difficult under regular circumstances, it’s important to remember this is not a normal situation. For the first week or so… listen to what you need for yourself.

    Managers should be understanding during this time as staff adjust to the situation.

    Don’t try to replicate your office schedule at home

    It’s not sustainable to try to keep your 9-to-5 office schedule at home. For one, you might be dealing with children who are also stuck at home. Take the opportunity to figure out a schedule that works for you.

    Set the mood

    You may have a home office, or a room that can be transformed into one, or you might find yourself setting up your laptop at the kitchen table, or struggling to find space in a small apartment that feels like a work environment.

    Do a few small things to make the space feel motivating, such as putting your degrees on the wall, go for a morning walk, light a candle, put on some music. If there’s anything that’s motivational, that inspires you, create that space, if you can.

    It’s also important to keep things tidy, especially at the end of the day, so that you’re not waking up to a messy office.

    Make a daily routine

    Create a sense of regularity to help orient yourself to her your working situation.

    It involves simple things such as getting up at the same time every day, working out regularly, showering, brushing your hair — all things that can contribute to feeling like you have a routine to transition you from “home” to “work.”

    Get dressed

    One key part of the routine we recommend is getting dressed. Dress comfortably, you don’t have to put on a blazer or walk around your house in your work shoes, but just changing out of your pyjamas sends a signal to yourself that it’s time to be productive.

    This is key for most people when first starting to work from home.

    Stay connected

    It’s important to check in on your colleagues, whether it’s a text message or a Skype message, and try to have meetings over phone or video when possible.

    It’s also important to make time for your (virtual) social life. Whether it’s a weekly happy hour over Skype or long phone calls with your closest friends, social connection has never been more important.

    Make and keep boundaries.

    It can be tempting to be connected to work all the time when your office is your home, setting boundaries is extra important so you don’t burn yourself out.

    Take care of yourself

    Take time to exercise regularly or just to get fresh air. Take a break from the news also, especially when it’s full of information that can cause anxiety.

    Ensure your routine includes some element of self-care.

    Create your own self-care plan

    Determine at least one strategy or activity from each of the self-care categories, that you can undertake. Ensure that the activity you choose is enjoyable and individual to you.

    Keep your self-care plan visible to help you commit to your activities.  Sharing self-care plans in your work teams is a great way to support each other remotely and keep in contact.

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  • LIFT Session - LifeWorks Virtual Fitness Sessions

    Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider LifeWorks, has released Virtual LIFT Fitness Sessions to the Well being Platform, free for all staff and their immediate families.

    Research shows that physical activity can improve your overall well being and reduce stress that you may be experiencing during this time of uncertainty. LIFT Session features fitness sessions that are customised to your individual fitness level, helping you to achieve your fitness goals anytime, anywhere.

    How does it work?

    LIFT Session is a virtual fitness program that is available on your mobile device. Each session lasts 30 minutes, with typically three sessions per week for a total duration of six weeks. No equipment is required, and it’s free as part of your LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program.

    How do I sign up to LIFT Session?

    It takes about 5 minutes to get you up and running.

    1. Go to https://www.lifeworks.com/au/ and login to your Well being platform.  
      If you have not created an account with LifeWorks please contact healthyu@csu.edu.au for an invitation and your unique sign up code.
    2. Go to ‘Support and Resources’ on the top menu bar of the platform.  
      If you are accessing the platform from your mobile app, go to the ‘Life’ menu option located in the menu bar on the bottom of your screen.
    3. Scroll down and select 'LIFT session fitness' under the ‘Quick Links’ heading
    4. Follow the ‘How to access your custom developed fitness journey’ steps. Click on the ‘Sign Up’ link and create your account.
    5. Download the LIFT Session app from your Apple App Store or Google Play Store.  A download link will be sent to you in your “Welcome to LIFT session by LifeWorks” email.
    6. Sign into the LIFT Session app with your email address and Password that you used in the sign up in Step 4.  
      You will be prompted to answer a few questions (that will be used to personalise your fitness sessions), before being taken on your fitness journey.

    For any enquiries or support, please contact healthyu@csu.edu.au

  • LinkedIn Learning

    LinkedIn Learning is an online subscription library that teaches the latest business, creative and software skills through high-quality instructional videos. The Charles Sturt LinkedIn Learning portal offers a customised learning environment that is mapped to the University's Capability Framework and contains a large number of resources available for staff to access for free. 

    We have developed three new collections that can benefit you during this time.

    • Managing Stress for Positive Change (Course)
    • Avoiding Burnout (Course)
    • Avoiding Burnout (Video)
    • Performing under Pressure (Course)
    • Mindfulness Practices (Course)
    • De-stress: Meditation and Movement for Stress Management (Course)
    • Managing Stress (Course)
    • Thriving @ Work: Leveraging the Connection between Well-Being and Productivity (Course)
    • Happiness Tips (Course)
    • Building Resilience (Course)
    • Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant on Option B: Building Resilience (Course)
    • Enhancing Resilience (Course)
    Continuous Improvement - Growth Mindset
    • Creativity Bootcamp (Course)
    • Cultivating a Growth Mindset (Course)
    • The power of a growth mindset (Video)
    • Adopting a growth mindset (Video) Creating a Culture of Learning (Course)
    • Lifelong learning is the new norm (Video)
    • The New Rules of Work (Course)
    • #1: Become a lifelong learner (Video)
    • Why there are new rules of work, learning and life (Video)
    Manage Stress and Build Mindfulness into your "New Normal"
    • Mindfulness Practices (Course)
    • The Mindful Workday (Course)
    • Mindful Meditations for Work and Life (Course)
    • Managing Stress for Positive Change (Course)
    • How to Manage Feeling Overwhelmed (Course)
    • Balancing Work and Life (Course)

    To sign up to LinkedIn learning, refer to the LinkedIn Learning Webpage.

    For all enquiries, please contact PDPrograms@csu.edu.au.

  • Australian Red Cross Lifeblood

    One in three people in Bathurst will need blood during their lives. The Australian Red Cross will be on the Bathurst Charles Sturt Campus in October.

    Rugby Car Park,

    Mitchell Drive, BATHURST, NSW-2795

    Monday 11 October

    09.00am – 03.30pm

    Tuesday 12 October

    09.00am – 01.15pm

    Wednesday 13 October

    09.00am – 03.30pm

    If you’re a donor — or you’re organising a Lifeblood Team — don’t forget to book in beforehand online, on the app or on 13 14 95. Remember, get in early to grab the best time! And if you’re not already part of a Lifeblood Team, you can join or start one online.

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