Life as we know it has taken an unprecedented turn in the last few months, resulting in challenges surrounding many aspects of our daily lives.
Most importantly, lock down has presented the struggle of remaining socially connected. One of our main objectives has been to keep our community connected, active and motivated, not an easy task at this stressful time. Thanks to internet technology, we have managed to continue our community activities virtually in the safety of our homes.
As soon as lockdown kicked in, we set up a live events programme for our community to partake in. The timetable offers something for everyone, including power yoga, Pilates, barre, mobility, meditation, boxing, HIIT and mindfulness sessions, together with weekly cooking and express art classes. The programme has been extremely popular with our clients and has certainly kept them motivated and helped to structure their working day.
Our bake-off challenge invited clients to send in a photo of their bake, themed in some way to thank the NHS. For every entry, Headspace donated £10.00 to the amazing Corona Care Challenge, with a total of £300.00 raised for this incredible cause.
Keeping with the baking theme, we asked the community to send in their favourite lockdown recipes and created a Headspace E-Cook Book featuring a selection of easy and delicious dishes to share with everyone. Cocktail recipes have also been a feature, encouraging clients to continue with after work virtual drinks sessions.
Competitions have played a big part in keeping everyone engaged. From egg painting at Easter to our Burger and Pizza challenges, everyone seems to love joining in the fun, winning prizes from Amazon vouchers to Patty & Bun and Pizza Pilgrims DIY lockdown kits.
We are excited to be entering a Headspace Team in the Standard Chartered Great City Race later this month. Clients have been invited to run 5K from home or wherever they are! This is a great opportunity for our clients to keep active and fit whilst training, greatly benefiting their mental health.
Lockdown has certainly been good news for our pets! The mental and physical advantage of having a furry friend is proving to be especially pertinent during this difficult time. Whether you have been locked up with a cat, dog, budgie, rabbit, fish or any other domesticated creature, I am sure you can agree that the loyalty of your pet knows no limits and there is nothing quite like the love you have for your furry (or not so furry) best friend.
Bearing this in mind, we decided to run a community challenge asking our clients to send in the cutest photo they had taken of their pet during lockdown. The response was fur-nominal and the winning paw-trait was made into a jigsaw puzzle for its owner!
Overall, the COVID-19 situation has created many business challenges but we’re confident we’ll come out of it on the other side in good shape. Just because we can’t be in the office together at the moment doesn’t mean we can’t offer Headspace clients the same community perks they have become accustomed to.
By Michelle Winton
Community & Events Manager