“Stay safe and make the most of this opportunity to grow” Mark Laker

“Stay safe and make the most of this opportunity to grow” Mark Laker

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May Agility blog

By Mark Laker

We’re still in lockdown, the world is still coming to terms with covid-19, and life still goes on as people adjust to the situation.

Coping strategies

Over the last month or so I’ve been asked to share coping strategies that might help people while they’re working remotely, feeling isolated and are concerned about what our new normal might look like. I thought I’d share a few with the CSJ readers.

My sports psychology research and learning has led me down some interesting paths over the years. One common thread I hear from many experts is ‘turn obstacles into opportunities’. And even though this phrase was around long before the coronavirus, it still applies.

For me this means, I could mope around at home longing to get out, socialise, travel and be free to wander. Or I could accept that the situation is the right one for everyone and turn this into an opportunity to get stuck into projects and activities that I never normally get a chance to do. There are lots of new opportunities out there at the moment, we just have to look for them.

Control the controllables

‘Control the controllables’ is another well-used tip. There is little point worrying and wasting precious energy on things we cannot control e.g. when is lockdown going to be eased, when are canine competitions going to restart. We can be mindful of these things, but we cannot control them. We’re better off putting energy into things we can control. Like:

  • What can I do to maintain my physical and mental health and fitness;?
  • How can I offer support to family, the community and friends?
  • Controlling how much/little news and social media I absorb

Focusing on contrallables helps to build resilience, confidence and self-esteem, which are good traits to have in these times.

Don’t let the external affect the internal

My third ‘top tip’ this month is ‘don’t let the external affect the internal’. Start by writing down your key values and beliefs (if you haven’t already). Revisit them and think about how they influence your life and your decisions. Don’t let external influences distract you away from these values and try not to let external pressures sway you. Maintain a growth mind set and live to your values.

Stay safe and make the most of this opportunity to grow.

DPD, the couriers we use for CSJ deliveries are taking steps to avoid the spread of Coronavirus:

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We’re pleased to see that DPD, the couriers we use for CSJ deliveries are taking the appropriate steps to avoid the spread of Coronavirus:
From DPD
 
DPD has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and following the advice issued by HM Government and Public Health England (PHE).
 
We can confirm that a number of precautionary steps have already been taken to protect our people and the service we provide. These measures include:
 
  • Issuing a clear travel policy to all our people that follows the latest guidelines given by HM Government
  • Extensively communicated to all our people the importance of following basic hygiene protocols in line with World Health Organisation and PHE guidance. This particularly focuses on hand hygiene
  • Issuing our driver workforce with sanitary hand gels and wipes
  • Asking our drivers to use hand wipes to cleanse their handheld units at the point of delivery.
 
To date, DPD has had no suspected cases amongst our workforce, if we were to do so we would follow the advice issued by PHE and ask the individual to self-isolate for the required 14 day period.
 
We have had no suspected cases reported at any of our locations but if that did happen we would report this to PHE and follow the advice given.
 
Clearly this is a fast moving situation and we will continue to update our customers regularly or as events dictate.
 
DPD, working hard to keep your business moving.