Covid lockdown and stress; how are you coping?

Covid lockdown and stress; how are you coping?

There is no doubt that the successive lockdowns of 2020-21 have dramatically changed our daily lives on so many levels, and figures show that more people have experienced anxiety due to the social, financial and work restrictions that have been placed on us.

We took the opportunity to talk to Said, who is using his personal experience with overcoming a serious illness to pass the message about the benefits that a positive mindset can have on health outcomes.

So, we asked him to give his take on how our attitude can affect the way we have to deal with the difficulties of successive lockdowns and how we can avoid getting bogged down by the  hurdles that the pandemic has thrown at us.

While listening, listen out for these words:

to heal yourself / to cure yourself = to get better after an illness

your mindset = the way you think about problems and difficulties

“good and bad are two sides of the same coin”

“We create our own happiness”   /  “What makes you happy”. Notice that “happiness” is the noun and that “happy” is the adjective.

The tough aspects of lockdown= the difficult aspects of lockdown

To be grateful  = to appreciate the good things that we have

 If you would like to know more about Said and his wellness journey click on this link to go to his YouTube channel Wanderer Footsteps. 



Help my workplace is stressing me out

Help my workplace is stressing me out

The workplace is a very demanding, quick-paced and increasingly uncertain place in which we operate on a day-to-day basis, but does it always have to be a stressful place?.

Pressure to meet deadlines, deliverables and working with difficult people, among other factors, puts modern employees under unreasonable amounts of stress.

In fact, being constantly stressed out is so universal that many people have accepted it as unpleasant, but a way of life – it has become the norm.

While a certain amount of stress is acceptable and can actually be beneficial for you—keeping you alert and focused, helping you cope well with challenges—beyond a certain acceptable limit, stress is nothing but bad for you, if it is not channelled and managed.

Not only does it affect your mental stability but also your health, relationships, productivity at work, and overall quality of life.

People are different, so we all react differently to the same set of circumstances; something that one person may find stressful, another may regard as only mildly challenging or even normal.

How you tolerate and respond to stress depends not only on the particularities of your situation but also on what type of person you are; your natural inclinations, beliefs and behaviors.

In this podcast we look at some of the ways that workplace stress impacts people and we look at :

  • Stress trends in the 21st century
  • What stress looks like in the workplace
  • The effects of stress
  • The cost of stress
  • Is your workplace causing you stress?
Stress Awareness Month Statistics

Stress Awareness Month Statistics

Stress Awareness Month happens each April. It’s important to learn some strategies for coping with this particular  issue. Stress awareness Month, which always happens in April, has now been going for 19 years and things just don’t appear to be getting better.
Stress can be debilitating, and it can cause and/or aggravate health problems.
Stress is a normal part of human existence — nobody is immune to it — it’s important to arm ourselves with knowledge so that we recognise when stress rears its ugly head. (Amazingly, we don’t always notice it’s happening to us.)

In this series of podcasts we will be looking at various themes concerning stress :

  1. The statistics of stress
  2. Workplace stress
  3. Signs of a stressful workplace
  4. Stress and Covid 19
  5. Managing & coping strategies to combat stress
  6. Measure your workplace stress
  7. Evaluate your stress levels.


  • It reminds us to pay attention to our health – According to the official website, “Stress Awareness Month is a national, cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society.”
  • It’s going strong – Stress Awareness Month has been an ongoing campaign of awareness and education since 1992 – 19 years already.
  • Because we’re all feeling it – A recent survey found that about two-thirds of workers report engaging in behavior such as drinking or crying regularly in order to deal with stress.

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    How stressed do you feel in life in general and the Covid 19 Pandemic?
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How was the Covid jab for you ?

How was the Covid jab for you ?

The Covid vaccinations are being rolled out across the world and whether you agree with the vaccine or not,  the vocabulary is worth knowing.

Listen as Joyce in the UK talks about her experience. She gives a step by step account of what she had to do and how she feels about it.

Listen out for key vocabulary:

a jab

an appointment

a dummy run

to register

ushers + to be ushered


a needle

a sore arm

side effects

a sticker 

As Joyce lives in the UK the call was recorded by Zoom, so you may hear some slight changes in sound level from time to time.

Animal Pet Day 11th April

Animal Pet Day 11th April

National Pet Day is April 11, although if you’re a pet owner, you know there’s not a day that goes by that you don’t celebrate your animal companion! So hug your hedgehog, bond with your bunny, and cut your kitty some catnip!

Which pets do you have ? Cats ? Dogs? Rabbits ? So many to choose from !

Which pets give you the most joy ?

Listen as Chris (a dog lover) and Sue (a cat lover) talk about the extraordinary pet facts…. they’re quite amazing !

Be sure to indulge your pets today !

Mystery Shopping trip

Mystery Shopping trip


Mystery shopping trip

In this podcast Sue and Chris go to a shopping mall to pick up some items.

In this podcast they describe some of the items that they buy.

Can you work out what they bought?

If you need a little extra help, check out the Animated Podcast version on our YouTube channel.

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