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Last night we saw Boris address the nation to announce new restrictions. This time they are tough enough to rival the conditions in March and April of 2020, as we head into another nationwide lockdown.
As we anxiously await a large-scale roll-out of vaccinations, the mutant COVID variant is plaguing the nation. Protecting our health, supporting the NHS, and saving lives are top priorities.
We also want to acknowledge the struggles faced by those whose working lives, financial security, and mental health are being perpetually affected by the pandemic.
Though it may feel like a lonely time, help and support for your situation is out there. We’ve put together a reminder of the ways in which you can access help for your business, career, or mental health during the uncertain and isolating months ahead:
Today it was announced that £4.6 billion in new lockdown government grants will be made available to support businesses and protect jobs. This includes one-off grants worth up to £9,000 being offered to businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
There are a number of additional government support schemes already in place to help businesses and self-employed people during this uncertain time. Visit GOV.UK to learn more about your options and decide the best course of action for your business.
If you are still feeling overwhelmed by the difficult task of navigating your business through economic uncertainty and want more tailored guidance, a Wiseup Mentor can act as an invaluable sounding board for your plan of action.
Wiseup is also offering a Covid-19 support scheme to those who have been furloughed, made redundant, or feeling uncertain about their careers due to Covid-19.
We should all be paying close attention to our mental health and the mental health of those around us every day, and particularly during lockdown.
Conversations surrounding mental have come a long way in recent years, let’s all do our bit to keep that momentum going. Speak out if you are struggling, check in on others, and integrate mindfulness into your routine.
Mentoring can also have a positive effect on wellbeing, as it creates a safe space to speak openly and without judgement. Wiseup mentees have commonly described their mentoring sessions as helping them in the following ways:
There are many resources to make use of if you feel that you, or someone you know is finding it difficult to cope. The NHS, as well as mental health charities like Samaritans and Mental Health UK are freely available to offer advice and support to anyone struggling with their mental health.
For more information on the new national lockdown guidelines and what they mean for you, please visit https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus