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22nd May 2020

Mental Health Awareness Week: ONF’s Top Tips for Lockdown

Understandably, lockdown has impacted severely on a lot of people, so it’s more important than ever that we be kind and considerate to those around us. With many businesses still working from home and the strains of lockdown starting to show, we thought we’d share some of our top tips for coping with lockdown. Have a gander below as the team walks you through it:


Suzy Dunsford, PA and Business Support Manager

“My top tip for lockdown would be to invest in one new ‘appliance’ for your home that you can use to make interesting new dishes.. We got a Pasta Machine and a BBQ! Makes cooking even more exciting.. (and time consuming!)”


Lauren Sims, Account Manager

“Just focus on you and not what everyone else is doing on social media. Just because you’re not baking banana bread or running marathons doesn’t mean you’re not making the most of your time. Also routine has really helped, dog walk in the morning to feel like a commute and again in the evening to shut off from work”


Emma Laing, Client Success Manager

“My Top tip would be try and have a chat with a different person each day who isn’t in your household, so maybe a facetime or phone call (video is not always necessary!) to try and virtually get out of your house with friends. It seems strange but I diarise it in my phone too as I would if I was going for a drink with a friend to make it seem more of a secure plan ?

Kevin Ellis, Sales Manager

“I think it’s very different having kids and a full-time job in lockdown because you don’t get much time to just sit down and relax. For me, I try not to dwell on the claustrophobia of lockdown and make the most of the situation we’re in. We’re lucky we’ve got access to a good sized garden, so BBQs and beers have been a popular feature. Weekend walks and cycles, loud eclectic music round the house, and the occasional argument or tantrum to break any building tension!”


Jamie Coyle, Senior Sales Executive

“I’ve taken up silly things like juggling to keep me busy and to learn something that I normally wouldn’t have thought to. I’ve also started reading in the time I normally spent travelling to work.”


Jordan Adams, Managing Director

“A mindset shift on email: stop reading too much into every email. Nobody is out to get you and your team culture doesn’t change by not being together. Working from home, coffee & food on tap, chance to work in their PJs, probably means the sender was in a good mood when they sent it. Without the visual clues or judging how they are acting in the office, you might be taking it too personally.”


Sian Barker, Partnerships Manager

“Get fresh air everyday – a good walk helps. Wake up at a good time every day and have a cup of coffee and breakfast. Catch up with friends and family as much as you can”


Tim Nagle, Marketing Operations Manager

“Make sure that you break up the time between working and not working! I initially found it difficult to switch off in the evening without having that physical barrier between working and relaxing, so I now make sure I leave the house for a walk or have some form of activity to properly switch off”


Fintan Nelson, Digital Marketing Executive

“You probably hear it a lot but getting time outside is easily the number one priority for me, whether it’s moving your office into the garden every now and then (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or just having a cheeky stroll around the block, a change of scenery can do wonders.”