Keep in touch with friends and family
Even though we can't meet physically, it is important to maintain communication with friends and family. Use social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or WhatsApp; free video conferencing apps such as Facebook Messenger or Skype; and the old but still very useful telephone, to chat. For those who are unable to use video conferencing apps we hope to be able to offer an alternative soon.
Video conferencing can use quite a lot of bandwidth and some mobile 'phone users don't have large amounts of data. Unless you know you have many GB of data per month on your tariff, if you have broadband at home then please remember to switch your 'phone to use WiFi when at home to avoid running out of data.
Long hours in front of the computer
Many people will be spending long hours in front of the computer, due to working from home, who are not used to it, and this can lead to problems. Make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Ideally, get a separate keyboard and mouse to use with a laptop or tablet computer. Avoid being curled up on a sofa or similar over your laptop/tablet for hours.
Whilst it may not be possible to achieve the ideal when at home, try and get your environment to be as close as possible to the NHS advice. We do not want to be causing the NHS to have to deal with lots of new back, neck, and arm/hand issues at the same time as the virus.
Make sure that you look up from your monitor into the distance when you take a break, if not more often. This will avoid eye strain and headaches.
Keeping fit and avoiding boredom
With only one "fitness activity" permitted outside the home each day, we are all in danger of becoming less fit. It is strongly advised that we do things to remain active even when confined to the house. On-line fitness activities are one option, but one can also walk back and forth in the home, or up-and-down stairs for those who are able to do so without risk.
For those who now have lots of free time without any choice, it is suggested that taking up a new hobby, learning a new language using Internet resources, or doing something else new will keep away boredom and give a sense of achievement. Coursera is a possible resource to use as looking at some content is free (although you do have to pay to get any qualifications).
It is important to maintain a daily routine which is as normal as possible. Unless it is your normal habit, it is not advisable to start going to bed very late and sleeping much of the day away.
Useful advice and links
Current advice from UK government regarding what to do and what not to do during the outbreak.
The village web site contains useful updates on what is happening locally.
Lichfield District Council has requested that under no circumstances should tissues be placed in blue bins. It is not possible to tell what tissues have been used for so the whole bin has to be treated as contaminated.
Nationally, there have been numerous issues with blocked drains because of kitchen roll or wipes being flushed. Please use black bins for items that are not designed to be flushed.
If you are on the "sheltering" list, you are recommended to register for priority support with Western Power. If you are self-isolating and have a power cut, then Western Power will prioritise work even if you are not registered for priority support.
If you think we are missing anything, or have any feedback or suggestions for ways in which we could improve, please email us and let us know.