COVID-19 and your wellbeing

Queen Mary Support during the Coronavirus situation

The situation with coronavirus is continuing to change very rapidly and every day there are new developments.

We realise everyone is understandably worried and that you are likely to be feeling anxious and uncertain at this time. It is very important that we all look after our physical and mental health.

 

We have compiled a list of resources below our tips to support your wellbeing during the Coronavirus situation:

Get the right information: Use reliable sources of information when looking at the news. Plan a time when you do so. 

Allocate time for social media: social media can be distracting. Allocate times when you check it.

Managing difficult feelings: Some may experience high anxiety about the present situation. There are many tools and help available (see below). 

Feeling worried? Speak to friends or family or Queen Mary. There are various sources of support.

Connect: Make sure you are in contact and stay in touch with your family, friends and Queen Mary.

Support and help others: Consider how you can help those close to you or if you can volunteer with local charities.

Keep doing what you like: If not possible learn something new or adapt the activity you like.

Live well: Where possible create an environment that is comfortable and pleasant.

Eat well: It’s very tempting to nibble on unhealthy snacks but what you eat will affect how you feel.

Exercise: Exercise daily and if possible more than once a day. Try to go out once a day if you can** for your exercise.

Sleep: Sleep affects the way we feel. Ensure you know what helps you.

Go out** or bring nature in: If you can’t go out, open windows & arrange your space to get a nice view.

Plan your day: Create a daily routine that works for you or make a plan on how you will spend your day.

Set goals:  Goals can be anything like reading your favourite book for 20mn a day or spend 2h study on a specific subject.

Take time to relax and focus on the moment: practising mindfulness helps managing feelings or worries about the future.

Have fun: Take some time to either catch up on funny videos or watch your favourite sitcoms.

Most of the above tips have been recommended by Public Health England. Check here for further information.  If you are in another country, please check and follow the country’s official guidelines.

** Please follow the UK guidelines and updates on how to protect yourself. 

Did you know?

The Counselling Service at ACS will now be offering online counselling appointments to students at QMUL using video and audio software. One-off and brief counselling contracts will be offered to students residing in the UK. They can also offer wellbeing checks and phone support to students who are currently residing overseas. Please contact the counselling service if you would like to speak with one of their counsellors.  They also have online resources that are updated regularly.

The Disability and Dyslexia Service can offer appointmets over the phone, Skype or Zoom. Their mental health advisers are here to advise and support students who have diagnosed mental health conditoin, an autistic spectrum condition, or who feel their mental health is having an impact on their studies. If you would like to arrange an appointment please email dds@qmul.ac.uk

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