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How can I look after my wellbeing?

We understand that at this time it can be even harder to maintain your mental and physical well-being, especially if you have to self-isolate.

Below are some ideas, tips and links to helpful resources to read, take part in and share. If you’re a student, we are still here to talk to and you can book in for a chat / well-being appointment through Student Support – studentsupport@marjon.ac.uk or our Chaplains are still keen to share a cuppa with students and staff online – mparkman@marjon.ac.uk and cmcilroy@marjon.ac.uk

Please see our Wellbeing pages in the Student Handbook for more resources and mindfulness techniques - https://sites.marjon.ac.uk/handbook/health-well-being/ 

Student Minds has a wealth of information, tips and resources - https://www.studentminds.org.uk/findsupport.html

Student blogger Sophie shares her tips on taking care of your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak:

  • Don’t be afraid to take time away from social media 
  • Try to keep your mind occupied when in isolation
  • Keep in touch with friends and family
  • Wash your hands but challenge the obsession
  • Try to work with what’s available to you
  • Contact a helpline if you need to talk

One such helpline is www.kooth.com​ - free, safe and anonymous support for young people and a wealth of resources, including distraction techniques and coping mechanisms.

The Mind website is not specific to students but has some good practical advice https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/

In addition, you may want to look at some of these:

Specifically for disabled students: The grass-roots Disabled Students' group "Change for Disabled Students" has a general guide for disabled  - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ffu6XUEO900wNJVD-WxPjn_m51R2DCAmKkRX6Hx93UE/edit

This is a Google doc which they are updating as they go. The top section is about stress, anxiety and mental health.

Keeping physically healthy whilst studying or working from home can also help your mental well-being:

Be Active At Home

This is not an exhaustive list and there is plenty more out there – if you have a top tip or resource to share, please e-mail it to studentsupport@marjon.ac.uk Please also see our Wellbeing pages in the Student Handbook for more resources and mindfulness techniques - https://sites.marjon.ac.uk/handbook/health-well-being/

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10 tips for wellbeing when working at home

1. A morning routine helps you get into the work mindset – exercise, meditate, tidy up, do whatever works for you!

2. Make a schedule and stick to it. Be clear when you’re going to work and when you’re going to stop.

3. Set aside a dedicated space for working. This helps with home and work boundaries.

4. Sit in a comfortable chair or try working at a stand up desk

5. Take breaks. Set a timer and get away from your workspace.

6. Check in with your team online, discuss what you’re doing and how it’s going.

7. An end of day routine helps you know you’ve finished work, make sure to switch off and stop.

8. Talking about expectations with the people at home will help make it work.

9. You might be juggling work and childcare and that is OK.

10 This might take a while to get used to. Keep communicating. Ask for what you need.

You’ve got this #TeamMarjon!

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