WHAT A MEET UP!
It’s wonderful to know that the spirit of Women in Enterprise shines through, despite the lack of face to face!
We were delighted to have 31 attendees at our first ever online event – 23 members and 8 visitors. Our topic, Coping strategies in an uncertain world, prompted much debate and we had many useful suggestions, which are featured below.We’re chuffed at how positive the event feedback has been. If you joined us and found the experience enjoyable, then do please share! It’s by growing the diversity and skill base of our membership that we’ll be in an even stronger position to collaborate and support each other.
We’re already excitedly planning our May event which is on 20 May from 1-2pm. We’ll notify you of further details in our invite email, which you’ll receive later in the month.
Meanwhile look after yourselves,
The Women in Enterprise Committee
KEY COPING TIPS!
- Get outside
Whether it be walking, gardening or just standing outside with the sun on your face, make the most of this weather when it’s good and take a break to enjoy the benefits of some Vitamin D – always wear sunscreen of course! Fresh air and exercise combat anxiety every time and help refocus the mind.
- Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby
Suggestions included, DIY, gardening, ukulele, drums, languages, baking, drawing, painting, puzzles, sewing, couch to 5K, wine!
So many opportunities available in this new world that can be carried out remotely if needs be, including with the NHS, Worktree Snapshot, MK Hospital – so go and investigate what you can do if you have time.
- Structure your day
This can help us to get organised and avoid feeling overwhelmed, especially if we have a lot on our plate. Compartmentalise tasks into a manageable list and don’t be too hard on yourself if your day goes haywire, or something crops up that takes precedence – we ‘re not trying to constantly succeed at life presently – it’s more about taking care of ourselves and coming out the other side with smiles on our faces.
- Be comfortable
Shower, get dressed and brush your hair! Or don’t! Stay in your pjs if that works for you – the point is this is agile working and that means agile thinking and being comfortable – do whatever makes you more productive. It’s about self-care.
- Time out
If you’re home working, take regular breaks and take evenings and weekends off. It’s not sustainable to work 24-7
- Take a break from the news
Too many horror stories will drag you down. Try and limit the exposure to a bulletin or news report here and there, especially if you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Be self-kind
Let’s all cut ourselves some slack and be kind to ourselves! Don’t stress about the things you didn’t get done – you will get there.
- Make that call
Call a friend, or a family member or a business contact and offer support – they may not need anything or they may not know how to ask, but be there for each other.
- Share the good stuff
Accentuating the positives, however small, can go a long way to lift the spirits. So share those good news and stories of human kindness that you come across – your message might arrive at the perfect moment for someone needing a boost…
Wednesday 20 May, 1-2pm
We hope to see you then!