Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WIIS Global has gone online!
Our team is busy adapting to our new online office and has even grown to include a couple of furry friends. Above is a collage of our staff working from home, to remind you that we are physically distancing, not socially/emotionally distancing. While we are not in the office anymore, our conversations have migrated online and are as lively as ever. We urge you all to check in with your loved ones and with each other and to stay home as much as possible. We are here if you need anything! Below, we have put together a list of resources and tips to help you navigate life amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In the coming weeks, we will be publishing some more gender specific resources.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TLK (8255)
- Abuse Victim Hotline: (866) 662-4535
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): (800) 656-HOPE
- Trans Lifeline's Peer Support Hotline: US: 877-565-8860 / Canada: 877-330-6366
- Crisis Text Line – Text NAMI to 741-741
- National Eating Disorder Association: 1-800-931-2237
- National Hotline for Missing & Exploited Children: (800) 843-5678
- General Crisis Crisis Text Line: Text SUPPORT to 741-741
- Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255
- Poison Control: (800) 222-1222
- National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline: (800) 662-4357
- National Parent Helpline: 1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736)
- Emergency Food Finder
- Emergency Pet Hospital Locator
- Internatinoal Suicide Hotline List
- Global Hotline and Helpline Directory
Tips for Working from Home
Working from home can be challenging. Below is a list of tips and resources to help you through it.
- Try and set a schedule for yourself, but make sure to plan breaks. Setting a schedule while working from home can help provide some structure and may help with the transition. Scheduling breaks ensures that you do not get burned out.
- Do weekly check-ins with your team. Now, more than ever, it is important to check in with those around you. Schedule a time with your team to make sure they are adjusting properly and to see how you can better support each other.
- Be open and transparent with your team. Talk about what you can and cannot do while working from home.
- If you're having trouble completing tasks, try using the Pomodoro Technique.
- Recgonize that things are not the same. It is going to be hard to maintain the same level of productivity you had before going remote. It is important to understand that and adjust your expecations.
- Be selective about what new technology you are bringing in. While working from home does require some new softwares, try to simply if. The more programs you bring in, the more you have to learn and the harder the adjustment will be.
Caring for Your Mental Health
During this time, it is imperative to remember that your mental health is just as important as your physical health. Below are a list of resources to help you care for your mental health during this time. For a more comprehensive list, including tips for caregivers and non-English tips, please see here.
- Take a break from the internet. While it is important to stay connected and up to date about what is happening, sometimes the constant influx of new information can have a determential impact on your mental health. It may help to try and limit your screen time, limit news notifications and set designated times during the day to check the news.
- Don't hesitate to reach out to friends and family and to utilize online resources. If you need someone to talk to, know that there are people you can rely on and resources to help you. 7Cups is a great website which provides you with non-emmergent support. If you need emmergent support, please contact a crisis hotline. Information for these hotlines can be found above.
- Re-arange your space. We are all going to be inside for quite a while. If you are able to, rearranging your work space and living space may be able to help provide a change of scenary.
- Try to get outside for walks and if you are unable to utilize the internet. See more about going for walks outside here.
- Mediate and practice other forms of self-care.
- Start a new hobby.
- Know that it is okay not to feel okay. We are all doing the best we can to cope during this situation and it is normal to feel overwhelmed. Do not hold yourself to the same standards you did before. There is a lot of uncertainley in the world right now, recognize that and know you are doing the best you can despite that.
Classes, Hobbies and Other Stuff to Learn
- Khan Academy
- Stanford Online
- MIT Online
- Open Yale Courses
- Open Learning Initiative
- Learn a Language
- Learn to Code
- Learn Coding (Intensive)
- Yoga Online
- Museums to Visit Online
- List of 50 Low-cost Hobbies
- Free classical concerts you can listen to and watch online
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