As we all make the necessary changes to our lives to help each other through this period, our E&D update week is a little different. We want you to know that though we've made adjustments to the way our services operate, we are still, and will continue to support your needs through this time, in a way that is safe for us all. Importantly, we know that self-isolation & social distancing can feel challenging, so read on to see our TOP 5 TIPS for self-care during this period, and how we'll be helping you carry them out...
#1 Skill Build Your Way to Happiness
This is a great time to do something you've always wanted to, but never found the time. A new hobby? A new language? A new recipe from a different culture?
Top 100 Channels
We'll be posting online tutorials and workshops on our Instagram and community pages! There's also plenty of free tools online. Click the link to see a list of the top 100 educational YouTube channels, including TED-Ed!
#2 Take Time To Talk
Expressing yourself to those around you can make a huge difference to your wellbeing. You could video call a friend, send a text to someone you haven't spoken to in a while, or join an online community. If you're a caregiver or parent, it may be particularly important to reach out and ask for help from those around you. Carers UK has some great guidance here. We'll be hosting lots of online interactive events for you to stay connected and if you would like advice and support, you can email the student union advice centre: firstname.lastname@example.org, (provide your name, student ID number, a contact telephone number, and brief details about your issue).
Did you know, LOTS of charities offer fantastic online communities? Scope has a very active social space for people with disabilities, with a virtual coffee shop when you fancy a chat, and help forums when you need advice and support.
Visit the Scope Community
#3 Develop Healthy Habits
A healthy routine can be really useful for your wellbeing. Try to keep as active as you can, whatever that looks like for you. It could include cleaning, seated exercises or fun online workouts suitable for your needs. Make sure you treat yourself to nutritious meals where you can, and keep as hydrated as possible. We'll be sharing some handy routine planners on our Instagram so you can shape what your day looks like! Click on the link to see some easy self-care ideas that you could add to your day
#4 Take a Break
This may be a time when you find yourself feeling anxious and stressed. Try to make time in your day where you take steps to relieve anxiety, and discover ways to relax. Whether that's doing something creative like drawing or writing, taking a digital detox, or even breathing exercises. We'll be hosting online mindfulness sessions, and sharing helpful tips on social media.
Click the link to see a selection of stress busting mental health apps! Including Thrive & Student Health App.
Stress Busting Apps
#5 Sprinkle Some Kindness...
Helping others can also improve our own self-esteem. We'll be posting online opportunities for you to support others remotely, as well as hosting an amazing LIVE-STREAMED fundraising gig to raise funds for the National Emergencies Trust. Remember, be kind to yourself too! It's okay to have feelings of uncertainty during this time, and prioritise self care where you need to. Stay safe, stay well.