COVID-19 Wellbeing Advice
COVID-19 Wellbeing Advice
Last updated: Wednesday 11 November, 14:30
Heading into a second lockdown situation is daunting, especially as you have already experienced one. Stress, anxiety and a wide range of emotions are to be expected, but the Students’ Union are here to support you.
Above all, it's important that you look after your mental and physical health, by taking time for you and understanding that things are going to be a little bit different now. We want to share with you some advice on looking after your wellbeing as the nights draw in and we have to remain in a state of uncertainty.
Should you be experiencing symptoms, email [email protected] and they can advise you on getting a test and also offer you support should you need to self-isolate. If this is the case, there is a separate page on Moodle offering a wide range of activities and advice services on coping with staying inside for 2 weeks.
For students, this can be a time of limbo, not knowing whether to move home to be with family or remain with university friends in York. It’s understandable to have feelings of anxiety, and for mental illnesses to be triggered and exacerbated. Remember, it’s okay to have bad days, weeks, even months, as long as you remember that this won’t last forever, despite it currently feeling that way. Here are some tips to help you look after your mental wellbeing over the next month:
- Take time every day to step away from the screen. Online lectures can be extremely draining, especially if you are then researching and working on the screen too. Take half an hour each day away from any kind of screen (including your phone!) to refresh your mind
- Check-in with family and friends! It’s very easy to find yourself isolated in such a time, and so now more than ever try to contact your friends! Even just tagging them in a meme is enough to start a conversation. Try holding a weekly call with someone to catch up, vent, and just interact with another human.
- Get out! Unless you are having to self-isolate, you should try to get out of the house as often as you can to recharge, relax and rest. With the colder days coming, a blast of freezing air definitely wakes up the mind!
- Remember to reach out! It can be very daunting to take the initial step to reach out for help, but if you need to then go for it! Below is a list of helpful organisations and websites:
Mental Health Foundation: https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus/mental-health-tips/
York St John Wellbeing: [email protected]
Samaritans: 01904 655888
Nightline: 01904 323735
Remember that your mental state depends heavily on that of your physical, so keeping yourself active, healthy and in a routine will greatly help your concentration and overall mood. Just because the gyms are closed doesn’t mean you can’t still get moving!
Keep checking up on your health and that of others, using the links attached before to check the key websites. Pharmacies and doctors are still working, and available by phone should you need to contact them. Additionally, NHS 111 are available to call for non-emergency queries.
YSJ active are running loads of exercise and health tips and tricks on their social media, and as you are still able to get out (unless you are isolating!), take the chance to explore where you’re living. There are lots of online exercise videos, and the students’ union will be providing you some health and fitness tips and challenges in the near future!
Social Isolation and Loneliness
As students, you may be staying in your accommodation, staying at home, or hoping to move between the two in the lead up to Christmas. Your housemates may also be in the same boat, and this can lead to your social bubbles being disrupted.
The feeling of loneliness can disrupt everything, and it’s something we all want to avoid. Each day, try to check in with someone, whether that’s via phone call or social media. Remember you can still meet one person outside of your household for exercise, so try arranging a socially distanced walk with a friend, or try calling someone whilst on a walk!
Student Minds have created Student Space, a webpage offering you help and support around a wide range of topics relating to COVID-19. Check out their friendships and social life advice here. The campaign to end loneliness is also a great initiative to check out, find it here.
On both the students’ union website, and that of the university, there are resources to help you cope with change, the University Wellbeing Team offer online phone/video calls as well as some general FAQs on their webpages.