COVID-19 worldwide is an uncertain time for everyone. It is normal to feel anxious and low in the face of such an unprecedented global crisis. Therefore, now more than ever it is important to look after your mental health, especially as we continue to practice social distancing and may be isolating. Please see below for some useful tips and resources, as well as free online self-help booklets and courses to get you through.
Top tips to ensure your wellbeing during this period
Stay Connected – having restrictions on how we might normally socialise and see family and friends can be difficult. Making an extra effort to stay connected with those important to us will help us to feel less isolated. Therefore, keep in contact with your family and friends, you can still connect from a distance – call your friend, have a video-call catch up with your family or check in with someone on social media.
Continue the things you enjoy – try reading that book you’ve been meaning to start, watch that new series, try out baking and using a new recipe or try a new skill
Keep a daily routine – you might find it helpful to plan out your time in advance and know what you are doing each day, so you have something to look forward to. But give yourself some slack if you do not always stick to it.
Look after your physical health – try eating regular healthy balanced meals, drink plenty of water, stay away from too much alcohol, ensure you get a good nights sleep and finally try to keep active.
Look after your personal environment – create a space that you are able to enjoy and feel comfortable in.
Take a break from social media and/or the news if you need to – if the updates are getting too much it is okay to take a step back or even just reduce your intake of news on the crisis to no more than once a day from a credible source and not before bed.
Keep an eye of updates from the university – this will help you to understand any changes to your course and assessments
These top tips are adapted from the UK’s leading student mental health charity Student Minds, for more information on looking after your mental health during Covid-19, guidance for those with ongoing mental health difficulties and these top tips click here; Student Minds Coronavirus information
Student Space provide easy access to support during the coronavirus pandemic and are run by Student Minds. They provide advice and information which includes access to dedicated support services for students, by phone or text and information covering aspects such as studying during the coronavirus, mental health and wellbeing, money as well as grief and loss.
Managing Stress and Worry during the Covid-19 Outbreak.
If stress and worry has got the better of you during the Covid-19 outbreak then this self help guide put together by The CBT Resource Team will help to put you back on track.
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If you are feeling anxious or low then Space from Covid-19 is an instant online self-help course provided by our local NHS provider for Psychological Therapies, through their Silvercloud programme. Anyone can sign up (for free) to this specific online self-help around the pandemic. Start right away on some emotional coping strategies and practical ways for maintaining well-being at this difficult time.
Sign-up here for Space from Covid-19
An official University of Exeter (Cornwall) and Falmouth University App, that can help you improve your wellbeing and resilience. The App includes a Live Feed, Healthy Challenges, Wellbeing Tips, Podcasts and more. With the different features this app offers you can quickly track healthy habits you might want to work towards that can help you to thrive and succeed. You can learn how to reduce stress and anxiety, as well as access practical finance advice and some student deals. Simply download the App below, follow the instructions and explore ways to a healthier and happier life.