Lockdown Fatigue: How Brits Can Stay Energised Until December

John Nolan-Neylan, co-founder of energy specialists Revvies, offers his tips to energise Britain during the second lockdown and into the future. 

2020 has been a period of massive disruption for everyone and many have found themselves struggling to keep spirits and energy levels high through periods of working from home with gyms and recreation closed. This latest lockdown, along with the days getting shorter and the temperature dropping, will likely mean many of us will now find it harder than ever to keep our energy levels up as we are confined to our homes. 

Now with much of the UK’s workforce being told to work from home, more and more people are finding it hard to keep their productivity levels up due to exhaustion, fatigue and a general lack of motivation as a result of these new restrictions. Now more than ever Brits are looking for ways to energise themselves and ignite focus in order to stay on top of their daily routines, but how can they do this?


1. Get up early and exercise outdoors

The right amount of exercise and sleep will bring the most benefits to your energy levels. According to a study conducted by Appalachian State University, the best time to exercise for weight management and better sleep is at 7 am. Exercising and sleeping well can make yourself more alert, reduce stress, and improve cognitive functioning which is sure to make you more energised to get through the day. During lockdown it might be worth just moving this back to daylight hours because of the next point.


2. Vitamin D and light exposure

Being confined to our homes during the winter months is sure to have an impact on our Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is known to help our bodies keep healthy and fight infections; as such, exposure to light is really essential- especially during this lockdown. To perk yourself up, and to get a break from the indoors, try to spend your lunch breaks outside- go for a walk and give yourself a change of scenery. If the weather doesn’t allow you to do so, make sure your food is rich in Vitamin D-oily fish, mushrooms, fortified dairy and non-dairy substitutes.


3. Use caffeine to your advantage

Revvies Energy Strips contain either 40mg or 100mg of caffeine in each serving – which is roughly equivalent to either a cup of tea or coffee respectively. Dissolving on the tongue in seconds they provide a faster pick me up to help you perform at your peak. Used by professional sports teams and Olympic athletes, you can take them without any water for a convenient and rapid boost of energy. Taking a Revvies sugar-free strip in a moment of fatigue, or just at the end of the working day, will give you the alertness and energy you need to help you make the most of your day.


4. Drink plenty of water

A study conducted at the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory found that being even mildly dehydrated can have effects on your mood, energy level and ability to think clearly. Fatigue can be caused by the lack of hydration in your cells; in order to optimise the production of energy from food, it is essential you drink enough water and avoid being dehydrated at all times.


5. Eat well

A good diet is a very easy way of making sure that your energy levels are up- while we are at home, learning to cook and trying new recipes is sure to be fun, and can also help to stimulate your brain! To make sure you are fuelling your body with energy, you must make sure that the foods you are eating benefit your gut microbiome- try incorporating plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit into your everyday meals. A good mixture of protein, iron, fibre and carbohydrates will help your body release the energy it has gained slowly throughout the day- helping you stay energised for longer. 

“This entire year has had a huge strain on all of our energy levels, and a second lockdown has many feeling down in the dumps. In order to overcome this hurdle, it is really important for us to perk up and stay positive during these tough times.

This might seem really difficult for us, especially with Seasonal Affective Disorder coming into effect, but we are hoping that these tips will help to keep Britain’s energy levels high. Revvies Energy Strips are another fantastic way to remain energised and alert – used by elite athletes and sportspeople across the globe. We are really proud to be able to offer the same, high-quality performance supplements to the average person looking to boost their energy levels and fight fatigue. Revvies is the fastest and most convenient way to experience a great boost of energy, without the hassle and side effects of sugary energy drinks and gels.”

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5.5 Million People Have Lost Health Insurance During COVID-19

A survey conducted by a leading HR software company has revealed that half of American small business employees lost health insurance benefits as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the reduction in healthcare benefits, three-quarters of employees said they are satisfied or very satisfied with their employers current health plan, with 58% citing the benefit as ‘useful’ in the current situation. A third saw benefits like online fitness classes, wellbeing app subscriptions, and telemedicine access added to their package during the pandemic.

Half of small business employees in America have lost health insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, new research reveals.

Leading HR software company, Zenefits.com, conducted a study into how small business employees really feel about the benefits and perks of their employment in 2020. The company surveyed more than 1,100 full time small business employees to compile a comprehensive overview of employee satisfaction. 

The full survey results and further information can be found here: https://www.zenefits.com/workest/how-small-business-employees-really-feel-about-benefits-and-perks/

Health insurance remains top of the list when it comes to the benefit valued most by employees, with 70% of respondents saying that they are unlikely or very unlikely to accept a job if it doesn’t offer health benefits. Additionally, half of employees said they are staying in their current role due to their health insurance benefits. 

Despite the reduction in benefits, three-quarters of employees said they are satisfied or very satisfied with their employers current health plan, with 58% citing the benefit as ‘useful’ in the current situation. Of those who answered in Virginia, 31% said their employer offers health insurance as a part of their benefits package. Washington and California followed closely behind with 22% and 19% offering health insurance, respectively. On the other end of the scale, 1% of respondents in Delaware and 0.6% in North Dakota are offered health insurance, whilst employees in Idaho fall particularly short with just 0.4% being offered the benefit. 

Results also show that COVID-19 has had an interesting effect on decisions surrounding current and future benefits; more than a quarter of employees (26%) admitted that the pandemic has forced them to rethink their current benefit package. Almost a third (31%) of employees had benefits added to their current package during COVID-19, with online fitness classes, well-being apps and telemedicine being top of the list. 

Zenefits is a platform committed to streamlining HR processes, by offering software and services that are purpose built with helping small and midsize businesses in mind. Zenefits provide a wide variety of tools – such as streamlined onboarding and easy PTO tracking to org charts and performance reviews – to help small business owners manage employees, achieving the best and most efficient outcomes for everyone. 

Nadene Evans of Zenefits said, 

“We asked small business owners what more we can offer them and the general consensus was that they needed more insider information to figure out how best to help their employees. It isn’t always effective to simply ask your staff what they want or need, so we decided a survey would be a great way to find out what is most important to business owners and their employees. 

“The survey was incredibly insightful and we have had feedback from both employees and employers expressing how much it has helped them think more critically about what they are being offered and what they can offer. This is definitely a survey topic we’ll be working on again!”

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Dr Alex George Launches Scape Fresher & Healthy Initiative to Tackle Concerns Over Student Wellbeing This Academic Term

Student living specialists, Scape has launched a new wellbeing initiative with Love Island’s Dr Alex George. The Fresher & Healthy service has been developed to help ensure students are feeling physically and mentally well, and socialising safely, as they start or head back to university life this year.

Scape has teamed up with Love Island’s Dr Alex George, a certified A&E doctor, to offer guidance to students that face uncertainty surrounding their wellbeing due to Covid-19. Dr Alex George has worked with Scape to produce a series of tips and advice to address the main health and wellbeing concerns of students who will be returning to academic life during the pandemic this autumn. The advice will be on offer to students via Scape’s social channels and website this academic term.

As part of the initiative, Scape is providing a new service that will be available to students on a weekly basis from the week of 5th October. This will feature bookable one-on-one health consultations with private GP service, Gogodoc. Students that book a consultation will receive a free physical examination and mental health advice by a general practice doctor. Trusted patient information and reassurance will be given to students as part of the consultation process, as well as advice on the correct course of action or prescription based on their health concerns.  

Along with the consultation, students will be given the option to receive a flu vaccination. They will also receive a free Fresher & Healthy kit packed with essential wellbeing items that can used in and around University, including an Ally face mask, Hande hand sanitiser, a discount on Vitl nutrition supplements and healthy refreshments such as a Equinox Organic Kombucha and Properchips’ Sea Salt Lentil Chips.

Scape’s new Fresher & Healthy initiative strives to make a tangible difference to the wellbeing of its students at a time when university life is somewhat different to how it used to be. The events of the last few months have meant that students are now left with feelings of anxiety and worry regarding their health and social life in the upcoming academic year. Aiming to reassure residents, the new initiative will provide an offering that can help them to overcome the fear that they have towards socialising and being in a new student environment during the pandemic, as well as helping to reduce the risk of ill health among students


Dr Alex George, Fresher & Healthy Celebrity Ambassador, explains:

‘It is vital that students take care of their physical and mental health when they start or go back to University during these unprecedented times.

For the majority of students starting at University, it will be their very first time away from home. In order for them to embrace this change and the uncertainty of this new situation, it is crucial that they are offered the right medical knowledge and health advice to best prepare them for life as a student this year.

Helping young adults to feel safe, by providing them with the correct medical insights and practical health advice, is an area I’m very passionate about personally, and so it’s a pleasure to be working with Scape on this Fresher & Healthy service to help support and protect student wellbeing.’

The initative follows Scape’s recently announced partnership with student mental health charity, Student Minds. This new partnership ensures students and staff at Scape are equipped to help improve mental wellbeing at a time when university life will be somewhat different to how it has been previously.

Scape has also launched a new app that aims to maintain student wellbeing among its residents. The app allows students to directly contact a a residential team member, trained in mental health, for support and help if they are struggling. Once contact has been made by a student, advice and guidance will be provided by one of 65 mental health trained staff and referrals to a psychologist can be made if needed.


Neil Smith, Scape’s Managing Director says:

Empowering students and ensuring their wellbeing has always been at the heart of everything that Scape does. We feel strongly about our responsibility to help and support student’s physical and mental wellbeing, particularly at a time when young people may feel worried about starting or heading back to university.

The start of a new academic term is a crucial period for any student, by offering this new Fresher & Healthy service, we feel confident that we’re providing students with the best pratical health advice, insights and offerings for them to feel relaxed and safe whilst at University and socialising with their peers.’