Our top tips for looking after yourself when studying at home
From Mrs Carlisle, Academy Counsellor
The Coronavirus has really disrupted our day to day lives. Dealing with this change, and the uncertainty about what will happen next, may have left you feeling more worried and unsettled than usual. This is completely understandable. It’s natural to feel more anxious, frustrated or bored at the moment. The good news is that there are lots of things that you can do which will help you look after your wellbeing. Here are some tips that will help you stay positive and well.
- Keep learning! We may not be at school but being at home is a new opportunity to continue learning and pick up a few new skills along the way! Take a look on the school website for top tips about working at home.
- Plan your days and keep to a routine – Keeping to a regular routine is important as it will help give you a sense of order and purpose. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time, eat regularly, shower, change your clothes, do your school work, get some fresh air, book in video-chats with friends and do any chores. Make sure you make time for fun!
- Stay connected – Whilst we cannot see people as easily, it’s important to stay in touch with the people that matter to you. Phone calls and texting are great, but seeing someone’s face on a video call can really lift your mood. If you’re not used to speaking on a video call, you could suggest playing an online game together. Gaming is also a really good way to have fun and connect with others from your own home.
- Take a break from social media – You might find you are spending more time than usual scrolling on social media. This can help us feel more connected, but it can also have a negative impact on our wellbeing. If you feel like updates are getting too much, take a break. You are in control of what you see in your feed and you can mute or unfollow accounts that make you feel more worried or stressed.
- Calm your mind – Mindfulness is a great way to stay calm if you feel stressed. There are lots of free apps that you can use which explain breathing techniques and meditation that can help you relax. Try Headspace – www.headspace.com. Writing a journal or drawing is also a good way of expressing and processing our feelings and worries.
- Have fun and distract yourself – Doing things that we enjoy are really helpful in giving our mood a boost, and taking our attention away from any anxious thoughts. Try watching films or TV programmes, funny You Tube videos, reading or listening to music.
- Take a break from the news – It can be tempting to constantly check the news during times like this, but try limiting how often you check the news. Pick one trusted source of information and try to only visit it once or twice a day. Staying informed can help us feel more in control, but constant news reports can be overwhelming too.
- Keep moving – Exercise helps our bodies deal with stress hormones and is proven to lift our mood and help us feel calmer. You can find lots of online resources for exercising indoors, there’s a good free resource called Fitnessblender. It’s also OK to go for a walk, run or ride your bike outside as long as you avoid other people.
- Be productive – Keeping up with your schoolwork is a good way to be productive. Think of all those things you have thought about doing but never got round to. It could be something like sorting out your room or learning to do something new. Doing these things can help you feel productive and give you a sense of achievement which boosts your wellbeing.
- Walk away from tense situations – Spending lots of time inside with other people will naturally cause tension at times. You can help in these situations by walking away from arguments until everyone starts to feel calmer.
- Eat well – There are strong links between what we eat and how we feel. Eating a good healthy, balanced diet helps us keep physically and mentally well.
- Sleep well – Sometimes when we’re stressed and our routine changes it’s more difficult to sleep. If you struggle sleeping don’t worry, even just resting in bed is good for you. Having a relaxing bedtime routine and using mindfulness apps can help you sleep better.
- Reach out for help –. If you are feeling low or anxious speak to someone you trust. Speak to people who understand you and helps you keep things in perspective. Talking can help lift our mood and really helps us to begin to feel more positive if we’re having a tough time. Sometimes you might feel you need more help. Here are some online/telephone contacts where you can get further support:
Available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts.
Samaritans 116 123