Follow these tips to nurture your wellbeing and increase your resilience.
Don’t keep things bottled up. Talking about your feelings with friends, family or your college tutor is not a sign of weakness but of taking charge of your own wellbeing.
2. Balance studying with other activities
Participate in societies and clubs, follow your passions and keep up your hobbies. You need a break from your studies.
Adjusting to working from home (Student Minds)
Looking after your mental health and wellbeing when working from home (Mental Health Foundation)
Working from home - create a wellbeing action plan (Charlie Waller Trust)
Mental Wellbeing While Staying at Home (NHS Every Mind Matters)
3. Accept who you are
You are unique, don’t compare yourself to other people. Each person is on a different journey and following their own path.
Looking after your mental health in a difficult living environment (Young Minds)
4. Give to others
Helping others makes you feel better about yourself, even something as small as a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Take a look at volunteering opportunities in York.
Volunteering during COVID-19 (YUSU)
5. Keep in touch with family and friends
You will make lots of new friends but it is important to keep contact with people who care about you and know you well.
See your college and student union social media updates
Putting the social into social distancing (CALM)
6. Get active
Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem, help you concentrate and improve your sleep. Walk, cycle, dance or try something completely new. It’s a great way to make new friends too.
7. Eat healthily
There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eat regular meals and make sure you get some fruit and veg in every day.
Jack Monroe's Lockdown Larder
8. Drink responsibly
Coronavirus information and advice hub (Alcohol Change UK)
9. Sleep well
Sleep is important to your physical and mental health. Sleep improves memory and concentration, reduces stress and anxiety. If you are 18 to 25 years old, you need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.
Switch off phones and social media for a short time each day. A change of scene is good for mental health. Go for a walk, sit, think and breathe.