Health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic
With the current change in of circumstances for many of us, and with more people working from home, it is important to consider how you take care of yourself and your wellbeing.
Below are links to useful websites where you can find advice and guidance on different areas of your wellbeing and how to stay safe during coronavirus.
This is a particularly vulnerable time for everyone and having restricted access to the things we usually take for granted like seeing our friends and family which can have a knock-on effect to our mental health. It's particularly important therefore, that we look after ourselves and others.
Some of the below websites are places you can find information if you are feeling like you need support with your mental health during this time.
The Mental Health Foundation has published guidance on looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
It is also important to make sure you are taking care of your physical health. Make sure you are following government advice, while also taking the opportunity to go out for a walk once a day as well as trying to maintain your usual exercise while indoors.
You can get advice on exercise as well as keeping healthy during the current situation on the following websites.
Support for parents & carers
With the announcement of school closures along with government guidance about social distancing we are all spending a lot more time in the house and having kids at home to look after will add a challenge for parents and carers. Add working from home, job worries, trying to keep children entertained and educated, while dealing with the thought of family getting ill, it’s no wonder parents are getting stressed and anxious.
The below resources are designed specifically for parents and carers, with support and guidance on how to talk about the pandemic and things to do with children while at home.
A free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.
Additional Support for CAs
SCABA – The Scottish Chartered Accountants’ Benevolent Association (SCABA) is a charity which supports CAs, their dependants and prospective CAs who are in need. SCABA was founded in 1919 and since then has supported hundreds of members and their families. Life changing events mean that support may be needed for a variety of reasons such as ill health, redundancy, debt, re-training etc. Find out more about how SCABA can help you here.
Mentoring - At ICAS we understand the importance of career mentoring and the vital role it can play in a Chartered Accountant’s professional success. If you are looking for any guidance or support at the moment, then consider reaching out to another CA via our mentoring platform.