Your mental wellbeing is dynamic.
It can change from moment to moment, day to day, month to month or year to year. With good mental wellbeing you are able to:
- - feel relatively confident in yourself and have positive self-esteem
- - feel and express a range of emotions
- - build and maintain good relationships with others
- - feel engaged with the world around you
- - live and work productively
- - cope with the stresses of daily life
- - adapt and manage in times of change and uncertainty
6 ways to look after your mental health during Covid-19
1. Seek accurate information from reliable sources
Only read info from official sources like World Health Organisation (WHO), the European Commission or reliable national sources (e.g. gov.uk) These reliable sources of information are key to avoid the fear and panic that wrong information can cause.
2. Set yourself limits about media coverage
Constant checking news updates and social media feeds about COVID-19 can increase feelings of anxiety and stress. Setting limits to how much news you read, watch or listen will allow you to focus on your life and actions over which you have control, as opposed to wondering ‘what if?’. WHO advises seeking factual information mainly to take practical steps to prepare your plans and protect yourself and family.
3. Look after yourself
Focus on things you can control (like having good hygiene) instead of those you cannot (stopping the virus). Where possible, keep your daily routine and normal activities: eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and doing things that you enjoy. Consider creating a daily routine that concentrate on your wellbeing and positive mental health. Activities, like taking a walk, meditating or exercising, can help you to relax and will have a positive impact on your thoughts and feelings.
4. Reach out to others and support those around you
Keeping in touch with your friends and family may ease the stress caused by COVID-19. Talking about your concerns and feelings, even if only on-line, may help you find ways of dealing with challenges.
Receiving support and care from others can bring a feeling of comfort and stability. Helping other people in their time of need and reaching out to someone who may be feeling alone or concerned can benefit both the person receiving support as well as the helper.
5. Maintain a sense of positivity
Try and focus on things that are positive in your life. Take opportunities to add to the voices, positive stories and positive images of local people who have experienced the new coronavirus and have recovered or who have supported a loved one through recovery and are willing to share their experience.
6. Acknowledge your feelings
It is normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or upset, among a wide range of other emotional reactions, in the current situation. Allow yourself time to notice and express what you’re feeling. This could be by writing them down in a journal, talking to others, doing something creative, or practising meditation.
Source: Mental Health Europe https://www.mhe-sme.org/covid-19/
College Counselling Service
Are you stressed or anxious? Do you feel worried or sad? Ever feel angry or lonely? Not feeling confident? Feel confused?
Not sure what you feel?
Don’t bottle it up — come and talk about it.
Free online counselling for all students in Salisbury, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Lackham.
Wiltshire College & University Centre Counselling Service: Confidential and Professional Support (Term Time Only)
Wellbeing Advisors at the College:
Meet our team of Wellbeing Advisors. They are here to support any College student with any worries or problems, however large or small. They can support, guide, and help you make the most of your time here at Wiltshire College & University Centre.
They never judge, are friendly and approachable and if they can’t help they will help to find the appropriate person.
Simply drop them an email to arrange an appointment: all support is via Teams at the moment.