It’s so important that you look after your mental well-being while you’re remote learning and staying at home. At King’s Worcester, we’ve put together a few tips on ways you can keep your mental health in check during this period of uncertainty.
Keep connected with others
Maintaining friendships and relationships with loved ones is important for your mental well-being. Think about how you can stay in touch with friends and family while you are all staying at home – by phone, messaging, video calls or social media – whether it’s people you usually see often or connecting with old friends.
Lots of people are finding the current situation difficult, so staying in touch could help them too.
Talk about your worries
It’s normal to feel a bit worried, scared or helpless about the current situation. Remember: it is OK to share your concerns with others you trust – and doing so may help them too.
If you cannot speak to someone you know or if doing so has not helped, make sure you reach out to Mrs Toland.
Look after your body (your physical wellbeing is important too)
Our physical health has a big impact on how we feel. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour that end up making you feel worse.
Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water and exercise regularly.
You can leave your house, alone or with members of your household, for 1 form of exercise a day – like a walk, run or bike ride. But make you keep a safe 2-metre distance from others. There are lots of home workouts available for free on Youtube if you’re looking for some inspiration.
Do not stay glued to the news
Try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to coverage of the outbreak, including on social media, and think about turning off breaking-news alerts on your phone.
You could set yourself a specific time to read updates or limit yourself to checking a couple of times a day.
Use trustworthy sources – such as GOV.UK or the NHS website – and fact-check information from the news, social media or other people.
Carry on doing things you enjoy
If we are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low, we may stop doing things we usually enjoy.
Make an effort to focus on your favourite hobby if it is something you can still do at home. If not, picking something new to learn at home might help.
Make time to relax
Relaxing after a day of remote learning can help with difficult emotions and worries, and improve our mental wellbeing. Relaxation techniques can also help deal with feelings of anxiety.
Think about your new daily routine
Life is changing for a while and you are likely to see some disruption to your normal routine. Think about how you can adapt and create positive new routines and set yourself goals.
Look after your sleep
Good-quality sleep makes a big difference to how we feel, so it’s important to get enough.
Try to maintain your regular sleeping pattern and stick to good sleep practices.