Self-care in a time of coronavirus

Lets remember to look after our well-being and connect with others, even if that means digitally.

The past few months have been difficult for many of us and will continue to be for some time yet. It is vitally important that we support each other to build resilience and protect our mental health.

Crises like Covid-19 can bring out the best – and worst in people. We need to look after ourselves and others. But how do we do this when we are in lockdown, practising social distancing, in enforced isolation and quarantine and widespread travel bans are in place?

We need to stay connected - just because we are separated physically from others does not mean we have to disconnect socially. We can call, text and video chat with friends and family more regularly. And as our daily routines change due to self isolation, other ideas to maintain our social connection might include starting a virtual book or movie club, scheduling a workout together over video chat, or learning a language with friends online.

Wellbeing resources

There are a number of strategies listed in the University’s Covid-19 well-being resources, as well as general counselling and mental health support information. You can find out more here.

Other online resources

  • Coping Calendar - 30 actions to look after ourselves and each other as we face this global crisis together. Read more here.
  • The Smiling Mind App - A daily mindfulness and meditation guide at your fingertips. Read more here.
  • World Happiness Report - Released on the UN’s International Happiness Day, 20 March 2020. Read more here.
  • Ten Steps to Happier Living - 10 factors that are important for our well-being and what we can do about them. Read more here.
  • Ten Steps to Global Happiness - Lets unite and win the fight against Covid-19. Read more here.
  • The Science of Well-being - a free course on Coursera. Read more here.