March

Looking after our mental health

We share some resources to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the government's directive to stay at home, Bath Spa is now operating as a virtual university.

This is an unprecedented situation which will impact on each of us in different ways. You may be feeling isolated, and finding it difficult to be away from family and friends. You might also be struggling to make the switch to working or studying at home.

It's therefore more important than ever to make sure you take time for self-care and look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Online resources

Some online resources you may find useful include:

General advice

Health-related charities and organisations have put together some great advice and resources:

Apps

These apps can offer you different kinds of emotional support, and are available to both students and staff.

  • Fika – a mental fitness app, offering emotional exercises specifically designed for universities
  • Big White Wall – a 24/7 anonymous support community for anyone who needs somebody to talk to
  • Shout – a 24/7 free text service, for those in crisis who need immediate help

Exercise and meditation

Yoga is a great form of exercise if you're stuck indoors. Combined with meditation, it can help calm your mind and reduce stress.

  • Headspace is currently offering a free collection of guided meditations called Weathering the Storm
  • Down Dog is a yoga app that's offering free access until May, and includes programmes for complete beginners

Get creative!

Putting your energy into a creative project or learning a new skill can help focus your mind and forget your worries for a while.

  • Students can get free access to Adobe Creative Cloud for the next couple of months - full details can be found in your Minerva announcements.

University support

Students can contact our Student Wellbeing Services at any time to discuss concerns by emailing studentwellbeing@bathspa.ac.uk or calling 01225 876543.

For staff, our Employee Assistance Provider, Lifeworks, has lots of useful articles on looking after health and welfare, including this infographic about protecting your wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more specific advice and guidance, please use their online resources, using the following details:

User ID: bathspa
Password: wellbeing

Disclaimer: The Bath Spa blog is a platform for individual voices and views from the University's community. Any views or opinions represented in individual posts are personal, belonging solely to the author of that post, and do not represent the views of other Bath Spa staff, or Bath Spa University as an institution.

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