We understand that many of our students and applicants are feeling anxious or concerned due to the current outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) and that many will be self-isolating.

We’ve put together a few tips for wellbeing to keep both our minds and bodies healthy during this period. Our Student Support Team are also available through emails and happy to communicate with you by phone should you need any more advice.

#1: Keep a routine

If you normally get up at 8am to go to work or college, then make sure you still get up at the same time. A routine will help keep you focused, plus you can use the time saved from travelling to do that yoga you’re always telling yourself to!

#2: Stay Connected

You may be home alone with your laptop or phone, but you can use those to video call your friends, family or colleagues. Reach out, collaborate, or chat when you need to. On the flip side, if you’re finding constant updates from around the world overwhelming, don’t be afraid to take a step away from social media for a little while. Turn off automatic news alerts on your phone, limit your newsfeed and make sure the information that you do seek out is evidence based- we recommend following the advice given on these official websites:

Public Health England

Foreign Commonwealth Office

World Health Organisation

Additionally, Screen and Film school will also be keeping you up to date on the University’s advice and guidance page with information and advice supplied to us by Public Health England.

#3: Take a break

Make sure you’re getting away from your screen regularly- make that cup of tea, call that friend, or pet the dog. A regular 5 minute breather will help to keep you refreshed and allow you to focus when you need it most.

#4: Work it

Working on something that you enjoy helps you feel productive, and will give you a sense of achievement at the end of the day. If you’re self-isolating, now could be the perfect time to pick up that hobby you’ve always wanted to try- hurray for no distractions!

#5: Get Out

It’s Spring and finally we have some sun. Even if you’re self-isolating you can still enjoy it though! Whether you just open the windows, or go into your garden, you can still get some fresh air and feel the sun on your face.

#6: Pet That Pet

They always like your company and it’s good for your wellbeing, so spend some quality time with your faithful friend (just make sure you wash your hands before and after)

#7: Try New Things

Maybe you’re reliant on a supermarket delivery, and they’re out of stock on your favourite pasta- but why don’t you try that new recipe you’ve been excited to taste? Websites like My Fridge Food will let you enter ingredients that you currently have in the house and provide you with relevant recipes, and BBC Food has some positively Pinterest worthy creations that are easy to follow for even the least experienced chefs among us. Cheese soufflé anyone?!

#8: Move It

So the gyms are closed and you’re not walking to work… How about a jog round the garden, or some press-ups in your living room? There are loads of apps and videos online to help you keep the blood pumping. Plus, you don’t have to worry about looking sweaty in front of cute strangers!

#9: Get Your Vits In

It’s easy to sit at home drinking tea and coffee all day, but think about what you put in- upping the fruit and veg intake will help you keep you body healthy. Let’s face it, we all need the vitamins at the moment, right? Don’t forget: if you take any regular medication make sure you order your prescriptions with plenty of time to allow for a bit of a delay and to make sure you don’t run out.

#10: You Are Not Alone

If you’re struggling being on your own then reach out. There are people who understand and can help. Whether it’s a friend, family member, or professional service, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Remember that we’re all in this together, and you are not alone.