Like many people, Team CitySA have moved their offices from the College into their own homes. We’re going to really miss seeing each other every day and chatting face to face with students. It’s a strange and difficult time for everyone and we recognise the importance of making sure that we all support each other to adapt during this period.
We're aware that Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (Covid 19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. That’s why as a team, we have pulled together some tips that we feel will help you (and all of us!) to get through this time more easily.
Need to speak to someone?
Keep a Daily Routine
It’s really easy when we don’t have college or work to go to lose structure to our day. Without structure, it’s really easy to turn day into night and lose track of time. Get up at the same time every day, have a shower and get dressed in the morning, even if it’s only into a new pair of pyjamas. Keep structured meal times – don’t forget to have breakfast, lunch and dinner – why not try your hand at making something new. Keeping a routine helps keep us focussed.
It might seem that you’ve now got lots of free time and there’s very little you can do to fill it (asides from online study.) Why not create a bucket list of all the things that you never have time to do around the house – working on ticking these things off means we are achieving goals, and this makes us feel good!
We asked Team City SA to share some activities on their list.
- Learn to make bread – “I’ve always wanted to make bread but never have the time. I’m looking forward to experimenting until I get it right!”
- Learn how to greet someone in another language – “I love languages and want to spend my free time learning some new ones so that I can communicate with locals on my future travels!”
- Try meditation – “it’s really important to take time to switch off from everything that’s going on around us – I’m going to try some of the free resources on Headspace".
Turn Off Social Media (for a wee while)
We are overloaded with information at the moment. It’s sometimes hard to distinguish fact from fiction and to not feel overwhelmed by the constant updates. If you are reading social media, make sure to seek updates from reputable sources like the World Health Organisation (WHO). It’s important to take some time to come off our social media and switch off. Why not read a book, listen to a podcast, watch a film or dance like nobody’s watching!
Keep in Touch
Social distancing doesn’t always mean that you can’t be social. We just need to connect with others in different ways. There are lots of apps available which allow you to video call your friends and family. House Party is a great app which allows you to video call multiple people at once.
Netflix Party is a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online. Netflix Party synchronizes video playback and adds group chat to your favourite Netflix shows: https://www.netflixparty.com
During these unfamiliar times there is larger emphasis on eating the right the foods and proportions at the correct times. We are
aware that the demand for food has restricted the options of foods that are generally on offer from our food stores.
In light of these circumstances we would encourage students to purchase foods that have a longer sell by date and lifespan, rice,
noodles and pasta are great for stocking up and can be mixed with frozen veg and sauces.
Cooking can be a great way to escape and can help you to take your mind of the things that are currently happening, we would
encourage you to be creative with your meals and share recipes wih your friends and family. Don't forget to share your delicious meals to the gram!
We have put together a list of online resources that students can use to help you bolster your immune system to ensure you have a
BBC - Recipes
Better Health - Mood and Food
Better Health - Recipes
At the moment we are still to go outside but ensuring we are keeping a safe social distance.
Regular walking, running or out on your bicycle are great ways to clear your mind and help you to keep your immune system strong.
It is also a good idea to try to do some exercise/workouts in your home that way you are not using a social space. We have put
together a range of links that show some workouts you can do at the comfort of your own home. Over the next few weeks CitySA will be hosting live competitions that we would like students to get involved in- so please keep up to date on our social media platforms!
BBC - Balance workout with Team GB's Emily Sarsfield
Youtube - 15-Minute Beginner's At-Home Cardio Workout
Youtube - Intense Ab Workout 7 Minutes
The Big White Wall
We are super lucky at City of Glasgow College that all students (and staff!) now have access to an amazing resource called The Big White Wall. The Big White Wall is a digital online space which has lots to offer. You can access:
- A wide range of self-guided courses to do at your own pace including on anxiety and depression
- An anonymous community where members can support each other
- Creative tools to help express how you’re feeling
- Self-assessments & recommended resources
- Access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
- Trained professionals available 24/7 to keep the community safe
To access Big White Wall, please visit the College's website for information on accessing this platform.
College Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
If you need any more support, the College’s has lots of information and resources on Mental Health and Wellbeing which you can find here
The College's counselling team are still offering phone consultations to students. You can learn more about this here
Here are some other great resources for managing anxiety around Coronavirus:
Mind: Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Student Minds: Coronavirus Resources
Huffington Post: Coronavirus Anxiety Is Real – 7 Tips From Therapists On How To Cope
BBC: Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health
5 Ways To Wellbeing: 5 Ways to wellbeing during the age of Covid-19
The Samaritans are there to talk when you need them. You can call them any time on 116 123 or send an email to email@example.com.
The Anxiety UK infoline is there if you need information or advice on dealing with anxiety. Call them on 03444 75 774, text them on 07537 416 905 or use their live chat service.
For advice regarding your physical health, refer to NHS 111 online.