Four steps to emotional survival during the COVID-19 crisis

Four steps to emotional survival during the COVID-19 crisis

Why are things so hard at the moment?

COVID19 is a huge challenge for everyone. Unwelcome change has arrived in a big way. Not only are our lives and the lives of our loved ones in possible danger but our daily routine has been completely messed up. For many of us, our income or business has been lost. In addition to all of this, we don’t know when, or if, things will get back to normal. Most of us are seriously doubting our resources to cope. In Emotional Logic terms this is called a Shock reaction.

Shock reactions can come in all sorts of different forms; aggression, withdrawal, anxiety, irritability, feeling a bit ‘out of it all’, insomnia, feeling very tired and endless further examples.

What can we do about it?

Firstly, recognise that what you are feeling is a normal response to an enormous, unwelcome change. You are trying your best to adjust to this change and it’s not easy. Something that you value is under threat, but what is it? For me it’s the rules of everyday life and how society is supposed to work which make me feel safe and able to cope, the ability to live my normal life; to go where I please when I please, the ability to plan for the future, loss of income and security, possible loss of loved ones, loss of peace of mind as I worry about all the what ifs…

Secondly try to find a safe place in order to feel safe and begin to plan. Safe places can be physical places, people or a state of mind. Who are your safe people? What can you do to feel safe? Who can you turn to? We can help you with this if you are struggling.

Thirdly, talk things through and be honest with your safe person. We will all have good days and not so good days. Everyone is struggling with this. Being truly heard and understood by a trusted friend is an enormous help in itself. What can you practically do today that will help you or those you care about? Maybe you can plan to do something small and manageable, perhaps simply phone someone to see if they are OK, ask for practical support for yourself or offer to team up with a friend or neighbour to arrange a shopping expedition!

Finally, consider making the most of the free support we are offering. You can sign up to our free Emotional Logic training via WhatsApp or download our seven children’s books for free to help children discover the useful purposes of their unpleasant emotions. 

Remember, no matter how difficult things appear, there is always hope. If you need help, don’t struggle on your own. Contact us today and we can help you take your next step forward.

Christiaan

Project Director, Exciting Education

chris@excitingeducation.co.uk

Free wellbeing support for tourism businesses hit by COVID-19

Free wellbeing support for tourism businesses hit by COVID-19

We are all having to adapt to huge changes and uncertainty due to the COVID19 outbreak. Tourism based business have been hit very hard and this not only hurts us financially. For most people, their mental health and the mental health of their loved ones is also a concern. The team at Exciting Education are working in collaboration with their colleagues at the Emotional Logic Centre, a Devon based charity, to offer a number of free services for adults employed in the tourism and heritage sector and for their children.

We are now able to offer you:

  • A free WhatsApp learning and support group for adults led by a qualified Emotional Logic coach. This 14 day course will help you to gain insight into the useful purpose of your emotions and will help you learn about the healthy adjustment process, creating a pathway to hope. You will discover practical ways to deal with the emotional issues you, your colleagues or family are struggling with. If you wish, you can chat with other members of the group and exchange ideas and support. 
  • A range of seven books specifically written to support children as they experience the emotions associated with changes and setbacks in life. Available free in digital format, each one addresses a key emotional area. These books are already widely used in primary schools across the UK and overseas.
  • Personal, confidential email advice for those struggling with their emotions from a qualified Emotional Logic coach.
  • In addition to our mental health support, we have written a series of articles to support tourism and heritage businesses to improve their offer to schools and increase school visits once restrictions are lifted. These are all available for free in the blog section of our website. 
  • We also offer free email advice regarding our Exciting Education services and how we could work with you to design bespoke plans to increase school visits to your venue, once restrictions are lifted.

You don’t need to struggle on your own. If you are interested in taking advantage of any of this free support, please contact me for further details. 

Christiaan

Project Director, Exciting Education

chris@excitingeducation.co.uk

Increase your visitor numbers by helping teachers save time when booking

Increase your visitor numbers by helping teachers save time when booking

Barrier 6 – Teachers running out of time

If your booking processes and paperwork take too long it may well put teachers off visiting, no matter how amazing your venue is! Teachers are busy people. Research published in The Guardian shows that UK teachers work an average of 50 hours per week with 25% working 60 hours or more. Another study by the Health and Safety Executive showed teaching to be the third most stressful profession in the UK (behind welfare support and midwifery nursing). Planning an educational visit takes time out of an already very busy week. It takes time to match the school’s curriculum needs to the venue’s offer, to organise and make the pre-visit, to research and write the risk assessments, to write and send the permission letters to parents and ensure they have all been returned with all the information required. 

How you can help

  • Think of it as your job to make everything as easy as possible for the person arranging the visit. Look at it from their point of view. What do they have to go through to get everything sorted out? Can you help make this simpler?
  • Have a dedicated section of your website for education and include all the information the schools need on there. If you’re not sure what to include, ask us and we can help.
  • Make it explicitly clear where your venue’s offer supports the current curriculum at the required level for different ages. Make sure you review this whenever the curriculum expectations change. Don’t presume. Get expert advice.
  • Find out what schools need in advance in their risk assessments and have this in a pack ready for them
  • Consider having the key key policies schools need to see available on your website to download. This will also encourage parents as it will reassure them you are thinking ahead, ready for anything and that things are well planned
  • Offer free pre-visits for venue assessment

We can help you grow your business by supporting you with all of this. We are the experts in helping you adapt your offer to attract more school visitors to your site. Our team is made up of currently serving teachers and school leaders. Contact us if you would like to know more about how we can help.