Coping with COVID-19
The College has transitioned to remote learning and assessments, which means a big adjustment for all of us. Adapting to remote learning is a challenge in itself, let alone the other restrictive measures on our movement that we are currently facing in order to combat the spread of coronavirus. This page looks at some of the ways you can manage anxieties relating to coronavirus and how to look after your health and wellbeing when you are learning remotely and social distancing.
The College's Success Guide also has practical tips and advice on how to manage your time, communicate with your peers and make the most out of remote learning.
Dealing with anxiety during COVID-19
The global outbreak of coronavirus may understandably cause worry, distress and anxiety. It's important to remember these feelings are normal and you are not alone in your experience. There are steps you can take to try and ease your anxiety:
- Acknowledge your experience - if you acknowledge that you are feeling anxious, and accept that it's normal, you will be in a better position to begin to overcome this anxiety.
- Stick to the facts - there is so much information online that it can be incredible overwhelming. Find a source of information that you trust, such as the government or NHS websites, and use these to fact check news and social media articles.
- Talk to someone - share how you are feeling with someone you trust. Anxiety can feel isolating and when we're all staying at home this feeling can be amplified. Pick up the phone and give a friend a call. If you don't feel you have someone you can talk to about this, there are many helplines you can call.
- Help others - helping someone else can have a profound effect on your own wellbeing and help you understand your own feelings. Could you text a friend or neighbour and support them with their grocery shopping? Do you have time to volunteer for any local community groups or initiatives?
- Sleep - it sounds simple but it works. Sleep is restorative and can make a big difference on our mood, mental wellbeing and physical health. Try to make sure you have a regular routine that enables you to get enough sleep each evening.
Anxiety can cause physical symptoms, in some cases feeling hot, increased heart rate and shortness of breath, among others. Symptoms like these could be confused with symptoms of coronavirus, which in turn might lead to more anxiety. If you're worried, try and distract yourself with other tasks and when you are feeling more at ease see whether you still have these symptoms. If these symptoms persist, always read the NHS guidance on what to do.
Your health and wellbeing when learning remotely
Working from home can be a tough when you spend your evenings there too, especially if you are not used to it. It's important to look after your physical health and your mental wellbeing if you have to stay home. Here are some tips on how to look after your health and wellbeing:
- Stay active - exercise is an important part of keeping physically healthy which in turn has a positive impact on our mental wellbeing. Try and go for a walk or a run once a day, or if you can't go outside try out a home workout video such as The Body Coach. Keep up to date with Move Imperial as they post workout plans and live sessions online.
- Keep it healthy - much like exercise, our diet impacts our physical and mental wellbeing. Try and make yourself healthy meals and keep to regular meal times. Its easy to allow yourself to snack while at home all day so structuring your mealtimes can help avoid temptation.
- Stay connected - it's difficult to know we can't meet-up with our friends and family for the time being however virtual meet-ups make socialising possible. Whether you schedule in your usual Friday evening plans with friends, Skype your family at weekends, or have virtual coffees with your classmates, there's lots of different ways to stay connected.
- Take breaks - it's easy to sit at your desk all day without moving when you're concentrating on a piece of work but this can be mentally draining. Set an alarm to remind you to take some time away from your desk, even if it's just 10 minutes.
- Structure your day - when you are indoors all day it can be easy to lose track and fall into unhealthy habits. Before you go to bed, have a plan of how you will structure the following day. This will help you maintain a healthy balance between work, exercise, virtual socialising and relaxation.
- Try something new - this might sound difficult if you're indoors but there are plenty of new things you can try in the home. Always wanted to juggle? Watch some tutorials online and learn how. Been wanting to read that book on your shelf but never had the time? Now you have some more time on your hands. There's lots of online forums and Youtube tutorials that can help keep you occupied during this time.
We're still here for you
With the transition to remote learning, the College's support services have also moved to remote operations for the health and safety of our students and staff.
All services remain operational throughout the remote working period. The lastest updates on how are services are operating are available on our homepage.