How is your Mental Health during COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic is a new and challenging event. Most of our lives have recently changed, and will continue to change in some way over the coming days, weeks and months. These challenges are different for different people:
- People who are sick or who have lost someone
- People who have lost their income
- People who are stuck at home struggling to find purpose and a routine
- People who cannot find a place at home to work or study
- People who are separated from friends and family members
- People who are in unsupportive home environments
- People in the frontline who face huge pressures at work, difficulty switching off at home, and anxiety about bringing the virus back to their families
- People who do not have access to their usual supports
- People with pre-existing mental health issues
Some of us might find the change more challenging and worrying than others. A lot of these challenges are out of our control and prolonged uncertainty is very stressful and puts our mental health and wellbeing at risk. It is important to do our best to control what we can in this situation and there are a number of things we can do to decrease our stress levels and improve our mood. We all know that how we feel mentally has a huge impact on our general sense of wellbeing
Everyday Matters Series
The Everyday Matters series will explore some practical everyday things, based on the latest scientific research, that you can say and do to support yourself as much as possible during this time of change and establish healthy habits and routines, enhancing your successful transition into and through higher education.
This series explores how you spend your time across study/work, leisure, self-care and sleep and cultivate positive habits of mind including mindful self-compassion, growth mindset and joy & gratitude. You will learn how to create and maintain daily habits and routines that support physical and emotional wellbeing for learning and life.