Distraction techniques and mental health support during Coronavirus crisis.
With all of the current news, it's no surprise you may be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your wellbeing and life. Currently, we are being asked to stay at home and avoid unnecessary contact with other people. Here, we have some distraction techniques and mental health support for you during the pandemic.
Mental health organisations' guidance:
There are plenty of online resources to help keep your mental health in check that are specific to Coronavirus and social distancing.
- Coronavirus and your wellbeing mind.org
- Looking after your mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak Mental Health Foundation
- What to do if you're anxious about Coronavirus Young Minds
Mental health podcasts to ease anxiety during Coronavirus crisis:
Will allow you to take your eyes off the screen for a bit, whether it is for coping with the COVID-19 anxiety, meditation podcasts or finding another source of information for your ongoing university projects/assignments.
1. “Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris”
Episode: “How to Handle Coronavirus Anxiety” (67 minutes long)
2. “The Happiness Lab”
Episode: “Beat Your Isolation Loneliness” (23 minutes long)
3. “Happier with Gretchen Rubin”
Episode: “Coping During COVID-19: How to Stay Happier and Calmer during Difficult Times” (32 minutes long)
4. “Soul Music” series
- Each episode explores one song and what it means to different people around the world.
5. “You Need to Calm Down”
Episode: “Breathing Exercises to Relieve Anxiety and Stress” (3 minutes long)
6. “The Daily Meditation Podcast”
- A library of daily guided meditation techniques.
7. Other Podcasts to just take your mind off the crisis and learn new interesting things:
- “Stuff you Should Know”
- “No Such Thing as a Fish”
- “99% Invisible”
- “The Art of...”
- “The Science Hour”
- “TED Radio Hour”
Use Zoom technology implemented by the Uni:
- Bring the casualness and the informality of life online in the technological space – we shouldn’t just be interacting with people when we have something to say. By communicating, we manage to assert community and gain control in times where we find ourselves helpless.
- For moving some of your social events online – society meetings, catch-up with friends, family, playdates for kids.
- For informal chats with your fellow students and talk about everyone’s experience, activities at home or even how everyone’s on top of university assignments; share tips and ideas with your friends, as you would normally do face-to-face.
- For cooking a meal together with your friends, your family if they are far away or simply having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine together and distress.
- For working out if anyone has a training routine and wants to share with friends/colleagues etc.
Positivity on your social media feed:
You'll notice more and more people will find themselves on social media during this time. Whether it be to connect with family and friends or to keep up to date with news, this is a place that allows you to feel a little more in touch with the world, virtually. Here are some tips to make it a more positive environment for you and others.
- Share your daily routine, your home workstation, your activities to remember that our choice to be alone is something we are doing together and for each other.
Social distancing doesn't have to be completely restrictive and unproductive. This will give you a chance to complete so many tasks you've never had time for until now!
- Make sure you have proper meals, spend more time cooking and maintaining a balanced diet and keep hydrated throughout the day.
- Take care of your body: make sure you exercise indoors or in the garden/terrace if you have access to one. Take deep breaths, stretch and meditate.
- Take some time off the screen and focus on tidying your home or decluttering.
- Making yourself available to help neighbours, colleagues, family or friends who need groceries, medicine or support. This will make you feel valued and supportive during these difficult times and also will give you a positivity boost for the day.