Pandemics And Your Mental Health

2020 has been a tough time for everyone, but it’s especially hard right now for students across the country, who are back at university during a global pandemic.

At Split The Bills, we think it’s really important to talk about our mental health, now more than ever.

As we’re all currently navigating our lives through unknown territory, we’ve listed some ways to make sure you’re looking after yourself and your mental health.

Stay Connected

If you’re in a local lockdown, or are isolating in your flat/house, it can feel like you’re cut off from the rest of the world.

Luckily, with the help of technology, all of your loved ones are just a click of a button away. If you’re feeling a bit lonely, why not arrange a zoom call with your nearest and dearest?

Create A New Daily Routine

Creating a new daily routine can be a great way to prioritise yourself and what you enjoy doing.

You could spend some time reading your favourite books or watching your favourite films, if you can you could go out for a walk to get some fresh air, or maybe even teach yourself a new skill!

Changing up your daily routine to include some ‘you’ time can be a good distraction from everything else that is going on in the world.

Keep Active

If you can get out, going for a brisk walk, a jog or a run in the open air is a great way to keep yourself energised.

If you can’t get out at the moment, a workout video that you can do from the comfort of your bedroom could be the way to go!

Being outdoors and exercising has been proven to increase mental alertness, energy and boost your mood.

Lean On Your Housemates

Don’t forget to lean on your housemates too!

Maybe you could arrange a games night or a film marathon with them, or a weekly meal where you can all eat together. Being around other people, and sharing your thoughts and feelings with them, is a great way to help you feel better.

Only Get Your News From Reputable Sources

There is a lot of scary news stories floating around at the moment, but not all of it is totally reliable. It might help to take some time away from the news, or if you are following it, make sure you’re getting your information from reputable sources.

Podcasts

Finding some positive podcasts to listen to can be an effective distraction, and can also help you feel less lonely.

We’d recommend the following:

  • Happy Place by Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton interviews a range of celebs, to talk about everything from life, love and loss, and what makes them happy. A great one to help you if you’re currently feeling a bit down.

  • The Girls Bathroom by Sophia & Cinzia

This one is for all of you ladies out there, especially those that miss those drunken bathroom chats with random girls on nights out! Perfect to listen to for a bit of girl talk and some gossip.

  • Help I Sexted My Boss By William Hanson & Jordan North

Looking for a good laugh? This podcast is a great shout, as William and Jordan try to navigate themselves through everyday life.

Work/Life Balance

Studying at university can be very full on, so it’s important to ensure you’re not overworking yourself!

Having a good work/life balance can help reduce stress and avoid a burn out, and also give you more time to relax and unwind.

Use Services Available To You

Most universities will offer a student wellbeing/mental health service, which can offer you support or even urgent help. Consult your university’s website to find out more information.

Don’t forget, if you need someone to talk to, there are a range of other services available too:

CALM: 0800 58 58 58

Samaritains: 116 123

Mind: 0300 123 3393

Want to find out more?

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