Day 7: You're almost there!
It probably seems like a long time since you left home to come to Dundee and we hope you are meeting new people, making friends and keeping safe. Today we've put together a few suggestions on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
If you don't know why we've included this you were probably born too late!
Listen carefully at 01:36 seconds and you'll find out why we've added it - apart from the fact it's just sheer nostalgia!
Protect Scotland app
This app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.
The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. If you test positive, it can also help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.
Using the Protect Scotland app, along with sticking to current public health measures, will help us to stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.
Are you missing home?
Being away from home, especially for the first time, can be very lonely at the best of times but even more so when you are in isolation.
LIVE Smart has a whole section on how to deal with feeling lonely or homesick and directs you to the University service that provide support for you.
Day 2 in this guide looked at suggestions for meeting new people and make friends.
Guidance from NHS Scotland
If you feel concerned about discrimination against you during this very difficult time, NHS are here to support you.
If anyone discriminates against you because of the situation around the Coronavirus, it is not acceptable. If you feel uncomfortable going out alone, we suggest you go out in pairs to do grocery shopping or buy supplies.
If you feel unwell:
If you have difficulty accessing the NHS Inform website and feel unwell, call 111 (24 hour NHS contact number)
You can ask to speak to someone who speaks your language
Try this healthy eating quiz
Q: Your fruit and vegetable intake must come from fresh fruit and vegetables only. True or false?
Test others in your household and loser does the dishes or set up a quiz with your family and friends back home and compete online. Try the quiz
SAMH supports Scotland’s mental health. They provide mental health information and local support, campaign for mental health rights and much more.
'You might find you are experiencing poor mental health for the first time, or that previous mental health problems feel heightened. There are things you can do to help protect your mental health and wellbeing, or help the people you love who you might be worried about.'
Are you fit?
It's important to keep fit and exercise even although you are in isolation,
This World Health Organisation site explains why it is important.
You'll have your own favourite lock down workouts but here's some examples you really shouldn't try!
Being creative with food is always a good way to make use of your time!
We know it's more difficult at the moment for you to get your food shopping done, but have a look in your cupboard and fridge and see if you and your flatmates have any ingredients to make some delicious superfood smoothies for a healthy and nutritious snack. Before you go shopping, plan your meals ahead so you get all the ingredients you will need in order to limit your visits to the supermarket.
Can you draw a penguin?
Whether you're an accomplished artist or you find stick-figures challenging, drawing is a great way to spend some time.
Watch this video tutorial and learn how to draw a penguin - the unofficial animal of Dundee! Once you've created your penguin, if you're in Residences, post it up in the kitchen and make it into a competition, add to your Res group's FB page, or use an app like Padlet or Wakelet to share online
Challenge your household to a competition to see who's done the best or funniest drawing.
A-Z of Student Services
If you haven't already downloaded this booklet earlier in the week here's another chance to do so.
This year the University has risen to 19th place in the Top 20 of The Guardian University Guide league table.
An accessible version of this document is available at dundee.ac.uk/student-services
You'll find a list of emergency numbers on the back page.
Stressed or anxious?
In difficult times, our minds can often be filled with negative emotions like stress or anxiety.
One way to deal with these emotions is to practice mindfulness, or meditation. Mindfulness can be challenging at first, but over time it has the potential to increase both your physical and mental wellbeing!
Not sure where to start?
Try this guided meditation from the Daily Calm. You could also find meditations on YouTube.
Want to know more?
Watch this TED Talk by Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, to learn more about what mindfulness is and what makes it so effective.