Lockdowns are not easy and the current situation can sometimes feel too much, but please do not suffer in silence. It is okay to not be okay and it is okay to ask for help.
We've put together some information on this page that we hope will help you, including wellbeing tips and advice and details about help services that are available to you.
You can also take a look through our Wellbeing and Support During College Closures document and the Student Guide to Managing Mental Health During Covid 19 docment by Rehab Clinics Group.
#1 Stay Connected
Distance learning/working can be challenging, especially when we're socially distancing or isolating, so it's important to keep in touch with people, whether it's a video chat, a phone call, a message or an email. It's important that we all keep communicating and stay positive. You can find out more about taking care of your mental health and wellbeing on the Mind website
#2 Plan a Daily Routine
It can be easy to fall into bad habits when your daily structure changes. It's important to keep some of your daily routines: get up, get washed, get dressed.
Break your day up with study/work, exercise and things you enjoy. It can be difficult to focus on study/work, so break this up and set yourself targets and rewards for when you complete your tasks. It's important that you try and get outside when you can and keep active! Find out more tips and advice on the Mind website.⠀
#3 Keep Active
Include physical activity in your daily routine. Government guidelines say that you can leave your home for exercise. For those who do not have gardens, this is quite important. If you can go for a walk or a run in nature this is not only good exercise but it is good for your mental health too and will make you feel happier. Find more advice on the Mind website.
#4 Keep Your Mind Stimulated
Challenge your brain daily. Set aside time in your routine to read books and magazines, listen to podcasts and music, watch films and do puzzles. There are plenty of apps that you can download that can help with this, plus you can access e-books from Moodle. This could also be your perfect opportunity to learn something new and YouTube has thousands of videos that can help you start a new hobby from scratch! Find more advice on the Mind website.
#5 Find Ways to Relax
Making sure you relax is always important and there are lots of different ways that you can do this, such as: arts and crafts, DIY, mindfulness,
playing musical instruments, singing or listening to music, writing,
yoga, meditation, reading, spending some time in nature - in the garden or during your daily exercise. Also make sure that you take a break from social media and the news as this can have the opposite effect. Find more advice on the Mind website.
#6 Limit Your Social Media Use
It can be easy to turn to social media when things are unsettled and you are bored, but it is important that you take breaks from social media as well as the news as this can have a negative effect.
Take a look at some of our previous tips and try something new and exciting to do instead! - you can always do some additional course work!
Find more advice on the Mind website.
#7 Be Kind
Everyone is feeling something different right now, so be kind and considerate. Just remember that behind every computer is a person and every person has feelings. If someone has a different opinion/idea/feeling to you, that is fine, it's what makes us individuals. Also think about your family, friends and your local community. Reach out to people that may need help and look out for the elderly and vulnerable. If you are looking for things to keep you active and would like to help your local community, look for Facebook groups that are actively helping your local community and get involved! Find more advice on the Mind website
It's Okay to Need Help
It is okay to not be okay and it is okay to ask for help, above are some of the main website and helpline, but please also see 'External Support Services' on this page, for an extensive list of organisations that can help you or someone you know.
If you have an urgent concern outside of college opening hours please contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000 or contact your Local Authority safeguarding team. Those students who are already working with a Welfare and Engagement Adviser or member of the Safeguarding Team will be offered continuing support on an ongoing basis. If you believe a child is at immediate risk of significant harm call 999.