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Looking After Your Mental Health

We understand that the early stages of this pandemic may be anxiety-provoking. Please be assured this is normal. 

Fortunately, you can be proactive about your physical and mental health to look after your well-being during this time. Please read some of the useful tips below.

If you would like to access our Student Counselling Service please visit www.lit.ie/counselling.

1.    Sleeping and Eating

Self-isolating means being confined to your home and you may or may not have lots of things to do to keep you occupied during this time. We suggest making a basic timetable to keep you busy. Now is the perfect time to start writing the most difficult part of your thesis/ finish that work project/ get some study done etc. However, it is important to schedule time for eating and sleeping. Get into the right routine, eating healthy and getting consistent sleep, as early as possible to prevent problems in these areas in the coming weeks.

2.    Get Active (or Stay Active)

If where you live allows for it, go for a walk in countryside. There are also plenty of indoor exercises you can do. There are plenty of effective indoor work-out routines that you can do using YouTube videos. Ensure to maintain your activity levels to keep those endorphins pumping!

3.    React to Stress Appropriately

Recognise signs of stress in your mind and body. Try and take control of your mind by using mindfulness techniques during this time. Ensure to schedule activities in your timetable that you enjoy and also things that give you a sense of satisfaction. For instance, doing a puzzle, online networking with friends, basic life admin, tidying, a DIY project, learn a new skill. 

4.    Online Support

Use online groups and social media to keep in touch with friends or to make new friends. Email, video calls and social media will help you stay social during the time. You may find yourself using social media apps more than usual. Make sure the accounts you follow are a positive influence for you during this time. Unfollow any that negatively impact your mood. 

5.    Manage Anxiety and Support Others

It is understandable that you may feel overwhelmed reading or hearing about the outbreak. Remind yourself, isolating ourselves is playing a part in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Ireland. We are making a positive impact through this act (see matches picture below!). It is natural that having more time to focus on your thoughts may lead to a spike in anxiety levels. Remember, you don’t have to appear to be “strong” or that you can cope with things by yourself. Talk to others about how you feel. This can help both you and the person you’re talking to. 

Other Useful Information

WHO advice on coping with stress

Active coping calendar - April 2020