2 years ago

10 tips for health and well-being during virtual events

It’s been over a year since we put a “pause” on the way we normally do Scout events, or Scouting in general, and started making use of virtual environments and tools to connect with each other. If there is anything that this moment has taught us, it’s that we need to take care of our health and well-being.  
There are so many ways to incorporate wellness in our virtual meetings, events and activities from Zoom fitness sessions to yoga practices on YouTube to keeping hydrated and taking breaks from too much screen time.
Over the next few two weeks, we are convening World Scouting’s largest events of the year – the 42nd World Scout Conference and the 14th World Scout Youth Forum – and we’re doing them virtually!
This can mean longer hours sitting in front of computers, taking part in breakout sessions, and engaging with fellow Scouts online across different time zones. To make sure we take care of our health and well-being throughout these digital events, we’ve put together some well-being tips and tricks to put into practice.
  1. Choose a comfortable and quiet place to participate.

Find a good location that you feel comfortable and without background noise. Avoid a room or a space full of distractions.

  1. Drink enough water.

Keep yourself hydrated.  It is commonly recommended that you drink eight glasses of water a day, so make sure to bring that water bottle with you.

  1. Take health breaks.

Sitting in front of a computer for long hours can be tiring. Take a 5- or 10-minute break every hour to stretch or walk around. This will help you increase your productivity, decrease your mental fatigue, and increase your overall well-being.

  1. Get enough sleep and eat healthy.

Make sure to get enough sleep of about 6 to 8 hours a day and pack some healthy snacks during the event. Exercise is also part of a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Minimize your screen time during the day.

The virtual events will go on for about 4 hours during the plenary sessions and many sessions will be offered during the events. So try to keep your screen time to a minimum at other times of the day when you are not participating. 

  1. Follow COVID-19 protocols in your country.

If you are with other people while attending the event, make sure to comply with the COVID-19 protocols in your country or community. Wear a face mask and use sanitizers. Maintain your social distance with other people.

  1. Stay Safe from Harm online and offline.

Safety is important during online events as well as when you are offline. Read these 6 tips to stay Safe from Harm online and reach out if you need have any concerns.

  1. Approach listening ears when needed.

If you need support or want to share any concerns during the event, contact one the Listening Ear station through the live chat. You can also send an email to safeforum@scout.org (for Youth Forum participants) or safeconference@scout.org (for Conference participants).

  1. If you are alone, make a habit of contacting others.

World Scout events always offer a great opportunity to see old friends and meet new ones.  Make sure to communicate within other members of your delegation and use the messaging feature on the event platform to stay connected.

  1. Include these tips in your daily personal plan for the Youth Forum or Conference.

Make it a habit to look out for your personal health and well-being. Throughout the Youth Forum and Conference, we encourage you to put these tips into an action plan or checklist to make sure you are safe, healthy, and ready for another Scout adventure.


Your health and well-being checklist 

On top of these health and wellness tips, make sure you have everything covered in your well-being with this simple checklist:
  • 1 motivation statement. Write down on a sticky note or piece of paper what motivates you to make the most of your participation during the Youth Forum or Conference. 
  • 1 big bottle of water ideally using recycled plastic or a cup for sustainability.
  • 1 handicraft or hobby you can do when you are not on screen which doesn’t require focus such as knitting, sudoku or drawing.
  • 1 element of nature around you such as a plant, flowers, pet or water fountain.
  • 1 Scout friend from any part of the world that you would like to keep in touch with or check in on to provide support. Write the name of your Scout friend on a post-it notes to remind you to stay in contact.
  • 1 prop to help you keep your workout routine or do a simple physical exercise using elastic bands, small weights. Set an alarm to remind you to take breaks.
Remember throughout the events to take care of your health and well-being, and be sure to have a fun, safe, inclusive and an enjoyable learning experience with other Scouts!

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10 tips for health and well-being during virtual events