We hope you are meeting new people, making friends and keeping safe since your arrival in Dundee. On this page, we've put together a few suggestions on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing.
These are a range of activities organised by the University:
The ISE (ISE) and Sports Union offer the chance to take part in a huge range of sport and exercise opportunities, whether you’re an expert or a complete novice. These are a great way to meet new people and get fit at the same time!
Are you looking to get involved in Volunteering? Joining a club or Society? Getting Active in Sports? but don’t know where to start? Have you never thought of getting involved, or think extra-curricular activities are not for you?
You need SWITCH The University's Student Wellbeing Initiative Targeting Community Health
This page is primarily about encouraging you to relax and share experiences but there are always some students who find it more difficult to fit in at first so hopefully these suggestions will help you to feel part of your academic community.
Starting university is an exciting time with lots of opportunities to take part in social activities and make new friends but at any point you might find you're not having such a good time and might be anxious for a wide range of reasons. It might seem that everyone else is having a fantastic time - but you're not. Remember, they might actually be feeling exactly the same way as you do.
For example, men in self-isolation are not immune to feeling anxious, depressed or even scared but are statistically less likely to share their feelings. If this is you, or if you're just interested, read more from the Student Pocket Guide about mental health issues at university and what you can do about it.
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.
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
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. Advice on how to cope with homesickness
The Joining In page in this guide looks at suggestions for meeting new people and make friends.
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.
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.'
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.
Whether you're an accomplished artist or you find stick-figures challenging, drawing is a great way to spend some time and destress.
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 your kitchen and make it into a competition, add to your Res group's FB page, or take a picture and 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.
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.
If you haven't already downloaded this booklet from the Support page here's another chance to do so.
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.
Watch this TED Talk by Andy Puddicombe, the founder of Headspace, to learn more about what mindfulness is and what makes it so effective.
Why not book your bathroom for an hour (even better if you have your own en-suite) and create a home spa experience?
1. Your comfiest robe and slippers
2. A nice big towel or two
3. Room spray or perfume to give that spa scent!
4. Relaxing music - there are loads of typical 'spa-type' tracks on YouTube
5. Soft lighting - but remember no candles are allowed in student residences
If you don't have many beauty products, why not make some of your own?
If this all sounds a bit much for you, why not just switch off your phone and run a deep bubble bath, or have a relaxing shower for some undisturbed relaxation?
There are lots of good movie soundtracks that fall under the radar, The Da Vinci Code - Chevaliers de Sangreal being one of them, listen to it below.
You can find more at the Student Pocket Guide
Game of Thrones - Main Theme (Extended) HD
Now's a good time to catch up on those boxed sets you've always been meaning to watch!
Start up a book club, get your flatmates involved and share online too.
Do you have a book that's popular in your country that any of your flatmates from other countries have read?
Don't forget you can access online fiction free from the University Library using your UoD credentials.
Journaling is extremely beneficial; it's been shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and it also provides a valuable space for self-reflection.
Yet, in the busyness of day-to-day life, most of us struggle to find the time to journal.
Now you're, in self-isolation, why not take a minute to write down your thoughts? You can write whatever you want, or check out these selection of journaling prompts and this one for people in self-isolation.
New to journaling?
See these tips for people who are terrible at keeping a journal if you need some inspiration!
Listen to our self-isolation playlist to celebrate the end of quarantine and familiarise yourself with some Scottish tunes.
To listen to the full playlist, you need to have a Spotify account. You can create one for free, or get a paid subscription.
Countdown to Dundee playlist!
Once your isolation has finished and you are able to explore the campus and Dundee City here are are some of the advantages you get simply from walking.