On 7 April 2020, the Singapore government imposed a series of measures intended to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus. Termed as a “Circuit Breaker”, the move was intended to restrict movement and hopefully result in more people staying at home. It was originally meant to last to 4 May.
However two weeks later, on 21 April, the government decided to extend the “Circuit Breaker to 1 June.
At that point, it had been two weeks since the measures were first implemented; and Singapore society was already beginning to see the psychological impact of these measures. Given our perspective as counsellors and educators, we were aware of the stresses that people were going through. It was with this in mind, that we decided to start a new mental health series: Wednesday Wellness with Mark.
The series is broadcast every Wednesday beginning 22 April; and each podcast will share some bite-size strategies that we feel would be of help to you as you Work From Home and engage in Home-Based Learning with your kids. These are some of the tips that are shared by The Social Factor during our training sessions in schools and in workplaces.
It is with this in mind that we hope this series will provide a vitamin boost to your stay-at-home diet. Like a cup of fresh orange juice, we hope that our strategies would help you as you struggle to manage all that life dishes out to you.
The series was extended on a fortnightly basis even after the “Circuit Breaker” ended on 1 June; and it is intended for the programme to continue even during Phase 1 of the “Safe Re-opening of the Economy” period, when government measures are expected to be loosened, but yet retain many features of the “Circuit Breaker” period.
We share one of our 10 Principles on How to Really Honour Your Spouse – “Believe in him. Encourage him to pursue his dreams. Walk with him during moments both happy and sad.”