A whole new virtual world.
Everything has moved online due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Socialising, learning and work as we know it, now consists of Microsoft Teams and Zoom meetings. It is inevitable any assumptions about your University experience may now have changed. Change can also be good, and a chance for growth and challenges. It has been a tough time for us all and we at De Montfort Student Union (DSU) want to support you in making sure you are keeping well and looking after yourself.
Here are our top 10 wellbeing tips...
Monitor online usage
Learning online will be a process of adapting, trying new techniques, and figuring out what works for you. Be aware of how much time you spend using technology, and consciously encourage yourself to take regular breaks away from your screen. Stand outside for some fresh air or grab a drink, just make sure you give your eyes, mind, and body a rest from the online world.
Take time for yourself
Do something you enjoy, watch a series on Netflix, read a book, get crafty, do some mindful colouring, put on a facemask or play an online game. We are in uncertain times and there is only so much you can do, try not to put too much pressure on yourself you are doing the best you can.
Encourage activity into your day. Go for a walk or join a virtual fitness class, it is important to keep your bodies active and functioning, so it can continue to support you in keeping well. Exercise releases feel good hormones, and increases feelings of productivity: a fantastic way to start the day.
Similar to exercise, eating well can support your own mental and physical wellbeing. Try not to binge on too many unhealthy snacks and eat nutritious foods to support your motivation, energy and health. Consider making a meal plan each week to support with keeping track of your eating habits (this is great for keeping track of money too!) You might find our article on tips to save money as a student interesting. You can read it here.
Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water each day. Alcohol, caffeine, and energy drinks can all increase feelings of anxiety, so be aware and monitor this intake by taking regular breaks in-between days of consumption.
The pandemic has highlighted the importance of social relationships to avoid individual isolation. Stay connected with other students, DMU and your family. A message or phone call can go a long way, for you and the other individual. So try reaching out to a friend today. Go ‘old school’ and write a letter or send a postcard, people love receiving post that aren’t boring bills or advertisements!
Talk about how you are feeling
You are going to have good days and bad days. This is ok, you are not alone. There are many people who would like to hear from you if you are feeling down. Know there are people who care and are willing to listen. Healthy DMU has lots of resources you can access if you realise you need support, as well as the charity Mind, which offers a range of information including Mental Health and Student Life.
Stick to a routine every day. For example, wake up and make your bed, plan your meals, or make a to do list but be sure you include slots where you have time for yourself. A top tip is to have a wall planner that shows your work deadlines and upcoming exams so you can plan your time!
Set yourself small achievable goals each day to give yourself a sense of achievement, even if it is to do the washing up. Goals are important as they increase motivation and make you feel you have accomplished something good!
Listen to yourself
Finally, take 10 minutes to tune in with your body, listen to what it is telling you. If you need a break, take it. If you need to call someone, call them. If you are struggling, know this is ok. Breath and take those next steps. Remember each day is a chance to start a fresh.
Hopefully, you have you seen something today in our top 10 wellbeing tips you would like to include into your daily routine, or we may have suggested something which you are already doing. If so, brilliant! Make sure to check in on yourself and remember your wellbeing is important.
If you would like to see some suggestions of resources to support your wellbeing please see below...
Who to talk to:
Connect and Enjoy:
- Check out our DSU website to join in all virtual activities!
- Netflix suggestions - The Queens Gambit, Sex Education, The Witcher, Breaking Bad, Prison Break, Orange is The New Black, Kiss the Ground, Dear White People, Bridgerton, Brooklyn Nine Nine, Modern Family, The Crown, The Vampire Diaries, Peaky Blinders, Money Heist.
- Read a Book
- Online Colouring
- Play online games with friends for free!
- Among Us – Available on the App store and Google play store.
- Watch Live Wildlife from the comfort of your own home.
- Zoom - Connect virtually with friends.
- Action for Happiness