Teodora Axente, Communications Officer, EAUC

When the lockdown was announced I wasn't necessarily surprised, especially after seeing numerous reports on how the outbreak had already impacted on so many lives across the world, but yet again, this hasn't stopped the anxiety feelings to kick in and for a short period (fortunately) and impact on my wellbeing. Despite the numerous worries surrounding my own family's situation as front-line workers in a different country, fears to leave my house, avalanche of nearly apocalyptic news reports and the stark uncertainty of what the future will hold, I have decided to come up with some solutions to sustain my wellbeing and use this period as a productivity boost in my personal and professional life.

Working in the sustainability sector, I have always had very flexible working opportunities, having adopted ever since I joined the organisation a blended office/home working pattern. So, working from home entirely hasn't been problematic, as we had lots of tools and plans in place to make the transition to this set up as easy as possible, something I, and many of the other staff, have been very grateful for over the years.

So, after a few weeks of working from home entirely, there are a few key ideas that I have implemented to try and make homeworking as productive as possible while keeping a positive outlook: 

1. Daily walks and/or exercise have given me the motivation and improved my overall mental health
2. Keeping in contact with colleagues – we have two daily video calls set up for staff that are optional to attend. It is great to have the chance to communicate with colleagues who otherwise can seem very far away and to regularly hear the voices of people other than my family (not that I don’t love their voices - but a change is always good!)
3. Resurrect old hobbies - Interior design projects have always ranked high on my list of hobbies (some more successful than others) and with more time on my hands, I decided to give new life to some pieces of furniture and even create a couple of not too shabby wall hanging macrame. 

As an individual, I don’t deal well with uncertainty, which makes a time when everything is so unsettled quite tricky, but to finish in a cheerful note, this period has also brought a number of positive changes in my life, starting with the lack of commute, therefore a reduction of my carbon footprint, becoming as sustainable as possible by shopping more locally and completing some online courses to help with my professional development which I have been putting off for quite some time.
It also made me realise how grateful I was to work for the EAUC who ensured that we all had the means and abilities to work from home and supporting us through the transition.

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