Seeking normality in this age of isolation


By Anmay Dhanuka a 2nd Year MSc Marketing student

Although it has only been a few weeks since the news about Coronavirus has gained momentum, for many of us, it already seems like an eternity. With governments across the world having to take unprecedented steps involving practicing self-isolation, it becomes crucial that we stay happy and optimistic during a phase which will eventually pass.

In the middle of this chaos, it can be tough to stay happy, but there are a couple of pointers which could be kept in mind to look after your mental health:

1) Reach out to friends and acquaintances: Due to social media and multiple forms of communication, it has become possible to reach out to our closest friends and loved ones. Why not reach out to friends and people outside your immediate circle of contacts. Take this opportunity to reach out to acquaintances who you may have lost touch with. Chances are these acquaintances will be more than thrilled to share their stories and experiences with you. There also exists a possibility of rekindling lost friendships and creating stronger bonds once the Coronavirus scare subsides.

2) Read: While it is essential to be aware of the situation due to the Coronavirus, it is important not to over-indulge in the negativity and statistics regarding illnesses caused by the virus. Ideally, the best solution is to pick up and read a fiction book which can take your mind off the grim reality and provide temporary relief, leaving you happier and more optimistic during the day.

3) Use LinkedIn Learning: Self-isolation tends to bring out a lot of frustration and agitation in people. No matter how laid back a person is, he/she still needs to feel connected to a goal or an objective. In such a scenario, one could use LinkedIn Learning to pick up skills one sees as either beneficial or therapeutic in the long run. The feeling of always learning or evolving as a person drives away a sense of frustration from being stuck inside.

4) Get some exercise: Extended periods of inactivity cause a build-up of energy which needs to be spent to function correctly. During such times, the excess energy leads to nervousness or restlessness, both of which prevent sound sleep and cause. Working out for 30 minutes a day to can help to channel the buildup of energy, helping you sleep better.

Don’t forget that Student Support Services are still here to support you and we are regularly posting through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as well as over on the Virtual Global Lounge Team and the new Stamp out Stress Team

For help and advice whilst studying at NTU, take a look at the following for sources of support.
Support from NTU
Silvercloud: SilverCloud is our online system designed to help with a range of mental health issues.
Depression advice
Wellness in Mind: Advice and support for anyone in Nottingham experiencing issues with their mental wellbeing
Struggling at Uni? Go to Student Minds
10 Keys to happiness

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