Some tips for taking care of your psychological well-being
The longer the confinement, the more stressful it can become. To take care of your psychological well-being, find below a set of tips that you can follow if you feel the need.
7 tips for taking care of your psychological well-being

#1 Keep a social link with your loved ones! 

In spite of physical confinement, it is very important to keep in touch with your friends and family, even more than usual. Don't withdraw into yourself! Talk to them and take a step back from the situation. If you can't reach them, try joining a local support group or online discussion group. This can be a good solution, and is always better than withdrawing into yourself!

#2 Get informed, but do so in the right way! 

Be careful, being informed doesn't require constantly looking up more information! Concentrate on a few reliable media sites and consult them in moderation. Too much information can make you anxious and cause stress. Also be careful with what you see circulating on social networks, there is no shortage of fake news about COVID-19. Try to avoid sharing those stories, it won't be of help to others!

#3 Organize your day

Just because you're confined doesn't mean you should let yourself do nothing. That's what the holidays are for…! In a nutshell? Organize your daily tasks. Any advice? Try to follow daily rituals: get up like any other day of the week, wash yourself, eat at the same times as usual, etc.

#4 Vary your activities and keep your mind active

Even if you are confined, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. Try to make the most of this time and use it as best you can. Try out our to-do list: start cooking, read that book you’ve been keeping aside, acquire a new skill: a new language, a new instrument, finish or start a series, etc.

 

Be careful not to abandon your studies completely: if possible, try to follow your online courses every day. And why not take the opportunity to exchange with your teachers!

#5 Write down your thoughts

When faced with stressful situations, it is always useful to write down what is bothering you. Take notes or talk with family and friends about what you’re going through [3]. If you deal with anxiety from the moment it appears, you will be able to manage it more easily.

#6 Take care of yourself

Even if you are confined, you should continue to take care of yourself. Sleep is essential for you to stay fit and keep pace. Don’t hesitate to do sports either. Even if it is more complicated, it’s still possible to keep fit in your apartment. Maybe it’s also time to try relaxation? On the program: breathing, meditation, etc..

#7 Ask for help!

Anxiety and stress are sometimes such obstacles that it can be useful to turn to a friend or a professional for help. There are many support services available for students. See the list at the end of this booklet. And feel free to share them ! 

 

Sources


[3] « Psychologie : sept stratégies pour gérer l’anxiété liée au coronavirus », https://theconversation.com/psychologie-sept-strategies-pour-gerer-lanxiete-liee-au-coronavirus-133851

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