As lockdown restrictions start to ease, it is completely normal to feel anxious, scared or stressed. The next few months may bring a mixture of emotions, and it's important to take care of your wellbeing during these transitions. Read on to see our top tips for coming out of lockdown safely, and the support services available to you.
As lockdown restrictions start to ease, it is completely normal to feel anxious, scared or stressed. The next few months may bring a mixture of emotions, and it's important to take care of your wellbeing during these transitions. There are a number of ways we can help to manage our feelings during this time. Our top tips include:
- Don't Rush: When we haven't navigated certain situations for a while, we can easily feel overwhelmed if we try to take on too much, too soon. Take things one step at a time and resume safe activities gradually. Don't feel pressured to see others, or do activities that you don't feel comfortable with.
- Be Informed: As restrictions change and new information develops, it can be helpful to keep track of information and advice from trustworthy sources to help you feel confident that you know what to do and what the guidance is, which can help ease your concerns. However, make sure you limit how much time you spend consuming news and negative information that may increase your anxiety.
- Voice your concerns: Remember to speak up if you have concerns about returning to campus, workplaces or social settings. Don’t dismiss your concerns or feel embarrassed. Your feelings are valid, and by speaking up, you give others the chance to address your concerns, make changes and provide you with the information you need.
- Make a plan or develop a new routine: Consider what situations or changes you are concerned about, and decide if there are practical steps you can take to help ease this concern. You may also consider slowly adapting your current routine to include new & safe activities. Writing down a step-by-step plan of the changes you will make, can help it to feel less overwhelming.
- Get support: There is a wide variety of help, support and advice available at the university and externally which can help you through this period of uncertainty and change. Take a look at some of the available support services below which are available for you to access.
Speak to someone at the university
Student Engagement Centre; Speak with?Customer Service Advisers (CSAs) for advice and signposting, who will be able to help discuss return to campus and measures in place (call +44 (0)24 7765 6565)
Students’ Union Advice Centre; Contact SUAC for free and independent advice and support on a range of problems from housing to academic and financial issues, including if you are experiencing hardship or changes in circumstance due to COVID-19.
Speak to someone outside of the university
Samaritans; you can contact Samaritans any time, day or night, if you need someone to talk to (call free on 116123)
Student Space; speak to a trained volunteer, every day from 3pm to 12am, about your mental health, your studies, or whatever’s on your mind (call free on 08081895260)
Togetherall; access to a completely anonymous digital mental health community, available online 24/7 for students and staff to express themselves freely and openly
Shout 85258; Shout 85258 is a free, confidential, anonymous text support service. You can text from wherever you are in the UK. (Text SHOUT to 85258)
Access further information
NHS: This page offers guidance and support for coping with feelings of anxiety, fear and panic.
Mind: This page explains feelings you might have about the coronavirus lockdown easing. It also provides tips on managing these feelings and where to get more support.
- gov.uk: This page offers the latest government guidance and information so you can be clear on how restrictions are changing.