Covid-19 has changed everything, from the way we work to the type of work we're doing. We may be working from home, furloughed or be a key worker on the front line.

Home life is different too, we may be missing family and friends or perhaps feeling trapped, isolated or afraid and as these uncertain times go on, we may be worrying about our job security and our finances. There’s a lot to worry about and our mental health is under strain.

As trade unionists many of us will be supporting our communities and still be representing our members but we have to remember to look after ourselves too.

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Coping with Covid

At the Wales TUC, we care about the wellbeing of workers in Wales.

So we have been working with experts to produce weekly bite size learning sessions to give you tools and techniques to help you look after yourself and cope with the challenges ahead.

Each lesson includes a short video to watch as well as resources to read and think about.

Get an email notification every time a new video in the series is uploaded – join our mailing list and select the Coping with Covid option.

If you have any questions you would like to ask the trainers after watching the videos please contact Marion Burke on wtuc@tuc.org.uk.

So, take some time to look after yourself and join and enjoy our weekly Coping with Covid sessions.

Coping with Covid: Nature – part 2 with Dr Arthur Turner

This week Dr Arthur Turner from the Professional Development Centre will be helping us to capture the wonder of nature for ourselves.

Arthur explains how taking different views of nature can help us gain perspective. Looking at the broader horizon can help us deal with upcoming threats and challenges. Looking at nature in minute detail, on the other hand, can help us keep calm and gain more perspective over issues in our liv

You can find the slides accompanying this video here.

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Nature – part 1 with Dr Arthur Turner

This week Dr Arthur Turner from the Professional Development Centre will be talking about how nature can help us think about our own personal development.

Arthur reminds of the importance of nature, appreciating its impact on us. He also introduces the ‘S’-curve and explains how it can help us relate to our learning cycle.

You can find the slides accompanying this video here. The second part of this session looking at nature will be available next week. 

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Reflection and Reflexive Practice with Sally Crompton

Reflection 

  • What is it?
  • Why is it important?
  • How do you do it?

Sally Crompton from the Professional Development Centre explains how using the skills of critical reflection can help you to achieve better outcomes for yourself, your colleagues and your organisation.

You can find the slides accompanying this video here.

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Effective Communication Skills with David Pardey

Suddenly, and for many of us for the first time, we are reliant on technology to ‘intermediate’ our conversations with others. This week, David will help us understand how we can ensure our conversations remain as effective as possible in lockdown.

You can download a handout accompanying David’s video with more information on the Shannon-Weaver model of communication.

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Circle of Influence - Prioritising for Control with Pam Heneberry

This week, Pam introduces you to the Circle of Influence, a practical tool to help you feel more in control. This tactic will help you use your energies wisely and think proactively, rather than reactively, to fight any feelings of being overwhelmed.

You can download our Coping with Covid – Circle of Influence resource accompanying this video. We’ve also included a link to The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey, as recommended by Pam.

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Walking with Dr Arthur Turner

Walking is not only great exercise but can also help improve mental and physical wellbeing. Arthur explains how regular walking is a good tool for both reflection and stress reduction. He shares some great tips such as noticing your environment during your walk and using facetime to share your walk with a friend or family member.

You can download our Coping with Covid – Walking resource accompanying this video. We’ve also included links to Arthur’s book recommendations –The Old Ways by Robert Macfarlane and In Praise of Walking by Shane O'Mara.

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Self Talk with Sally Crompton

This session shines a light on our inner voices and how they affect us. Sally will help you identify when your inner voice is a negative one, and how it affects your mental wellbeing. Sally will also give you the tools to challenge negative self-talk so that your inner voice becomes encouraging and supportive.

Download our Coping with Covid – Self Talk resource to find out how to identify and counter negative thoughts. We've also uploaded Sally's PowerPoint presentation. You can also find a link to a recording of Sue Knight's Ted Talk, ‘The Words I Tell Myself’, mentioned by Sally in her presentation. 

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Emotional Intelligence with David Pardey

Significant changes in our lives can cause anxiety and stress. This session looks at how emotions shape our thinking and behaviour. It will also teach you to recognise your emotional state, using this knowledge to take back some control in your life.

Download our Coping with Covid – Emotional Intelligence resource to find out more about emotional intelligence and how our emotions affects us.

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk

Coping with Covid: Understanding Emotions with Pam Heneberry

Learn about the Kubler Ross Change Curve - a useful framework for anyone going through any type of undesired change.

Pam will explain how the Kubler Ross Change Curve can help you understand your emotional response in times of change and help you see your emotional response as understandable and human.

Download our Coping with Covid - Understanding Emotions resource to understand more about the Kubler Ross Change Curve. 

If you have any questions about this session email us on wtuc@tuc.org.uk