Supporting your Wellbeing at home

When you're studying remotely check out some of our top tips on supporting your mental health while working from home.

With Teaching Block 1 continuing into the New Year, and we'll be returning to blended learning, we're all still working from home. Whether you're back with your family or still on campus, if you've been self isolating or choosing to stay indoors to study, it's important to look after your mental health as well as your physical health.

Waking up

Without the commute to morning lectures you'll have some extra time in bed, but aim to wake up around the same time each day. This helps stabilise your internal clock and improve your sleep.

Getting ready

Keep to your morning routine if you can. Get ready, washed and dressed as though you're heading into university - it'll help get you into the mindset of studying and will make it easier to get a productive start.

Setting up your workspace

Try to set aside a work area separate from where you sleep. This will help to prepare you for studying, but also make it easier to switch off at the end of the day. Using a desk set up in your room, or a laptop at the end of a kitchen table can do the trick.

Clear your work surface of clutter and set up your equipment to avoid physical strain. If you're not sure if you're set up safely, do a self check with NHS Guidance*.

*If you don't have a chair with back support, try using a firm pillow.  

Including some movement into your routine can help with your physical and mental health, from staying awake to helping you concentrate.

Outdoors

If you're not self-isolating, try going for a walk or a jog down your street before you start for the day, almost as though you'd be on your journey to uni. Doing the same when you finish for the day can help you leave the work behind and switch off for the evening.

Indoors

If you're indoors, look online for an activity that suits you, like home yoga videos. No matter what you choose, take regular breaks and stretch throughout the day. Try to take a lunch break separate from your work space. 

During times of stress it helps to stay connected. Keep in touch with friends and family where you can, via instant messenger, phone or video calling.

Look after yourself and set aside time to prioritise self case. For information about mental health during this time you can contact:

Some of these may have different operating hours over the Christmas period, so check out all different services available to you, but all will resume on January 4th.

If you're feeling anxious or isolated, remember that support is out there. 

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