WORKING FROM HOME: Tips to keep you going

Here at MIS, the majority of our staff are now working from home due to COVID-19 in order to allow us to continue to provide essential claims services, breakdown recovery services and to assist our broker partners with renewals and advice.

However, we understand that although being able to work from home is a privilege in these times it can be tough to maintain a healthy work environment and a healthy mind. We have compiled some tips to help see our staff through these times and thought we would share them all with you below.

1) Try and set up a work space for yourself

Whether this be in a study, kitchen or living room we suggest setting up a work space with all things work related that you will need, essentially building your work desk in your home. It is important to try and separate your work space from the places that you will be relaxing in order to create a boundary. If, for example, you set your workspace up in your bedroom, it may be hard for you to switch off at night when you need to relax. It is best to set up where you are least likely to be disturbed or distracted to keep you focused on the task in hand (this is hard especially when the kids are home. We can sympathise). We recommend that you set up somewhere with lots of natural light too. Not only can harsh indoor lighting hurt your eyes and make you feel more tired but natural light can also help keep you feeling motivated, especially when the sun is shining.

2) Clean, clean, clean

The words you are probably sick of hearing by now but we aren’t asking you to go all Mrs Hinch on us. Not only is it essential to wash your hands regularly singing Happy Birthday, Wagon Wheel, or whatever song you prefer (we won’t judge) but you should also ensure you are cleaning any surfaces and equipment including laptops, iPads, mobile phones, folders and any other items that you are touching constantly. Think of your keyboard and mouse to start, even if you are the only one using them.

3) Get dressed

It is all too tempting to stay in your pyjamas when you don’t need to leave the house but in order to keep yourself motivated you should get up, get showered and change into some clothes. These don’t obviously need to be work clothes, comfy clothes are ideal. This way you will feel ready to seize the day! You will also refrain from any embarrassment when your boss unexpectedly video calls. Changing out of your clothes at the end of the day will also help keep your mind in check with the work/relaxation boundary and help in retaining a routine.

4) Take short breaks if you can

Try to take 10 minutes away from your work space every so often in order to give your mind and eyes a break from your computer or laptop. This will help you stay motivated and refrain from getting fed up. Grab a cup of tea and sit in the garden but don’t sit down for too long, you might never get back up!

5) Maintain your regular working hours if possible

If you work from 9-5 (cue Dolly Parton), 5 days a week, try and maintain this whilst working at home. It can be easy to slip away from work when you have lots to do and think you can just continue to work on into the small hours of the morning to get items ticked off your to-do list. Don’t do it! It will end up being an endless cycle and you will exhaust yourself.

6) Look after your mental health

If you are struggling with working from home, chat to your manager or colleagues. Everyone will be in the same boat and we are aware some people can adapt to changes like these better than others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or tell someone you are struggling. Being at home 24/7 isn’t great for anyone’s mental health. Whilst the government guidelines are still in place, use the benefit of being able to leave the house once a day for exercise. Go for a walk or run but ensure you are practising social distancing measures if there are others out and about with the same idea.


We hope that by following the government guidelines the COVID-19 pandemic can be quashed as soon as possible. We wish everyone good health and urge you to stay safe. Hopefully we can all get through this by working together (but essentially apart). Please adhere to all government guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.

Keep in touch with us (no, not literally touching) through our social media pages and send us some pictures of your workspace or tips of your own for working from home!


With the coronavirus pandemic headlining all over the world, fear and anxiety are prevalent. Many people are taking to social media to seek advice and also air advice given by others. However, it is important to note that not all advice on social media is statistically or scientifically correct. Have a look below as we distinguish what is fact and what is false- and remember, we are a company who specialise in insurance services, not medicine or virus control!

1) You can test for the virus by holding your breath –FALSE

It has been advertised that holding your breath successfully for over 10 seconds without feeling any pain, discomfort, coughing or breathing difficulty indicates you do not have the virus. There is no scientific evidence that this test can show if you have the new coronavirus or not. If you do suffer from asthma or breathing difficulties you should be taking medical advice from your doctor.

2) Drinking water every 15 minutes washes the virus into your stomach- FALSE

Some social media posts have claimed that drinking water every 15 minutes washes the virus into your stomach where the acid will destroy the virus. There is no evidence to suggest this is true. However, it is important to drink plenty of water to ensure you stay hydrated as with any flu or virus.

3) The heat in the summer will kill the virus – FALSE

Yes, you guessed it- false information again! It has been suggested that temperatures above 25 degrees can destroy the virus and so once the warmer summer weather begins to roll in the virus will soon dwindle. There is evidence that similar viruses spread less in the heat. However, there is no evidence to support this with the Coronavirus. In fact, countries with temperatures higher than 25 degrees do have reported cases of the Coronavirus showing that although there is a possibility that spreading of the virus can be reduced in the heat, the virus is not altogether heat-resistant or prevented by warm temperatures.

4) More people have died from other medical conditions than the Coronavirus – FACT

Yes, it has been recorded that the number of deaths from other illnesses, suicide or the common flu have been higher than those recorded from the coronavirus. However, it is important to highlight that it is the rapid increase in deaths and the potential detrimental effect that the uncontrolled spreading of the virus could have that is cause for concern. It has been advised that numbers of recorded deaths have been inflated and exaggerated in comparison to the deaths associated with Coronavirus. Many of those who have died from the Coronavirus have also had underlying medical issues making them more vulnerable. For accurate death figures you should refer to the World Health Organisation.


If you are showing any symptoms please follow self-isolation instructions advised by local authorities. Be mindful of those who you may be in contact with that may be vulnerable or at high risk of contracting the virus. These include people who are 70 or above, pregnant, who suffer from a long term condition or who have a weakened immune system.

Stay at home if you have either:

  • a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough – this means you’ve started coughing repeatedly

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • only travel on public transport if you need to
  • work from home, if you can
  • avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas
  • avoid events with large groups of people


  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • have visitors to your home, including friends and family

Please note that any medical queries should be directed to the relevant authorities. Information provided above supported and provided by Fact Check and NHS.

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