We all know that during this unprecedented time we need to stay at home and only venture out for one hour per day for food supplies, medication or exercise. Not leaving your student accommodation much can be really upsetting and a little overwhelming especially if you are away from friends and family.
Doing some of the things you love, maintaining a routine and being kind to yourself is so important.
Here are just a few things you can do:
Connect and stay in touch
Hallelujah for social media! Keeping in touch with friends and loved ones has never been so easy, you can even teach your grandparents how to use Facetime, Skype or WhatsApp.
Staying connected with the people that matter most to you can really boost your mood.
Make time to do some of the things you love
Now is the perfect time to finish that book you’ve been meaning to read for weeks, or to get stuck in to that boxset all your friends are raving about.
You could even take to the kitchen and bake some yummy treats for you and your housemates, or if you really wanted to get the mind working, sign up to an online course.
Routine is key
Setting your alarm for a decent time in the morning, having a nutritious breakfast, showering and throwing on some clothes will really help you get organised and ready for the day ahead. Why not set yourself one goal for each day?
Use your one hour a day wisely, go for a jog, or dust off the bike and go for a ride (remember the rule – stay 2 metres away from others). If you’re missing the gym or your weekly yoga class, don’t fret as Instagram and Facebook are flooded with various exercise videos, from @thebodycoach, to @bradleysimmonds and @aliceliveing.
If you’re still feeling a little overwhelmed, you are not alone, and everyone needs a little support to help manage their mental health from time to time. Sanctuary Students had a dedicated student advice line, that offers professional support to help you with any problems you may be overwhelmed by. There is a dedicated confidential phone line open day and night 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.
Call the freephone number on 0800 030 5182 – we are here for you.