We recognise that these are unprecedented and uncertain times. The wellbeing of our members is our utmost priority - we hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and keeping well. Please remember that your Student Union is here to represent you and support you.
The Coronavirus pandemic is a fast-moving situation and it is difficult to predict quite how serious and long-lasting the impact is going to be. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our mental wellbeing, at a time when there is much discussion of potential concerns to our physical health.
We also understand that for some individuals, the Covid-19 outbreak could trigger compulsive thoughts and behaviours, particularly if you have a pre-existing condition such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. We would encourage you to continue engaging with the support that is available, but hope that the ideas below may also help:
- Avoid watching news channels all day long and instead check in at key times. Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak. Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety so having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control. You can get up-to-date NHS advice on the virus here.
- Create a daily routine so that you know in advance how you are going to spend your time. Plan activities to do on different days, tackle that to do list you’ve been putting off for months! Get lost in a book, try Get Fit with Vic, watch a movie, listen to music that soothes you or makes you want to dance!
- Keep in contact with people who lift your mood. Remind yourself that this is a temporary period of isolation to slow the spread of the virus. Remember that by staying at home you are helping others in the community avoid contracting the virus.
- If you are feeling claustrophobic or trapped open the window to let in fresh air. You could also spend time sitting on your doorstep or in the garden if you have one. Looking up at the sky can help to give you a sense of space and connection with the present moment.
- Acknowledge feelings of distress and seek further support if required. Samaritans provide listening support 24/7 – call 116 123 for free, day or night. Please complete this short advice form if you would like to get in touch with the SU Advisor.
The Sabbatical Officers have also created an online space called ‘The Positive Pandemic’ for anyone who is part of the Winchester community that is currently self-isolating, social distancing or generally feeling down.
A number of organisations have also created resources where you can find more information on look after yourself and supporting others: