2020 has been a strange year so far hasn’t it? We know everyone’s lives have changed in one way or another because of the pandemic.
This is an anxious time for everyone and it’s normal to be experiencing feelings of worry, distress and even panic. Going to university can be both exciting and daunting. Many of us will be facing new challenges for the first time such as adapting to new surroundings, being away from family and friends and settling into new routines. But you are not alone. On World Mental Health Day (10 October) we wanted to share some wellbeing tips and highlight the ways we’re here to support you.
It’s as important as ever to look after your physical and mental health. Here are some tips:
Virtual catch ups
You might be feeling lonely or isolated. If you normally see friends for coffee or lunch, why not arrange to catch up over video call? Or how about a flat cook off where everyone makes their favourite dish? Societies are also a great way to feel connected. Even if activities are limited to online, things like quizzes can be a fun way to break the ice and get to know other people!
Physical exercise can be a big mood booster. Go for a quick walk, watch that yoga tutorial you’ve had saved on YouTube for ages, or join a sports club or society to try something different! The Students’ Union also has a range of volunteering opportunities to get involved in too, so there really is something for everyone.
Get a good night’s sleep! It really is a magical superpower – a decent sleep can make a difference.
Before bed why not read a book, limit screen time, or listen to an audiobook to help you relax?
If you’re struggling don’t be afraid to ask for help from your friends, family or personal tutor. Everyone handles things differently, so do what feels best for you and be kind to yourself.
Get a bit of expert advice
Our Counselling and Mental Health Service provides free confidential counselling, mental health advice, self-help resources and workshops. Appointments are being delivered by telephone, video or email, with limited face-to-face appointments.
The service works in partnership with the local NHS MyWellbeing College that provides a range of online support options for students and staff at the University. Find out more about the service here: https://www.bradford.ac.uk/counselling/