Advice for making it calmly through this period
In times of stress, it is important to pay attention to your own needs and feelings. A few simple practices can be helpful in coping with isolation: stay in touch with loved ones, establish a routine, don’t be afraid to log out...
Staying in touch with your community
- Keep in touch with your loved ones and your close friends (via email, through social media, video calls, over the phone…) Set aside several moments every day for making these calls..
- Offer valuable assistance to those who need you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to people who you know might be isolated and who might need help.
- If you are in complete isolation, you will find that many others are in the same situation! Call them regularly, catch up with one another… It will break up your isolation as well as theirs.
Find your routine
Make sure to establish a routine, consisting of regular habits as well as moments of fun and leisure. Some important practices:
- Limit time spent in bed, and if your living space allows, try to allocate a dedicated workspace.
- Get dressed in the morning as though you were going out.
- Prepare balanced meals at regular times of the day.
- Maintain physical activity at home, using the activities suggested by student societies.
- Separate your time between work and recreation (by setting out a timetable, for instance) and give yourself regular short breaks: open the window, stretch, look as far away as you are able to (to steady your eyesight).
- If you are working in a network with other people, greet them when you come online and signal to them when you finish working for the day - just like you would say “good morning” or “bye”!
- Set aside half a day, at least once a week, for rest and recuperation.
- Use an agenda, post-its, or any other tool that helps you to visualise your activities in time, and reserve windows of time in your timetable for progressing with background tasks that require more time.
And don’t forget to schedule time for fun and leisure in your agenda! An elaborate meal, a phone call, time to meditate…
Log out regularly
- An incessant stream of information can generate anxiety: stay informed by setting specific points during the day (such as one hour in the morning and another in the evening, or when health authorities make important announcements), and otherwise minimise time spent watching, reading, or listening to information that makes you feel anxious or distressed.
- Try to limit your screen time (FR), which might mean taking certain measures to reduce temptation: disabling notifications, keeping track of screen time on your devices, etc.
- Be sure to get information from reliable sources, and with the intention of organising and protecting yourself and your loved ones. Try to stick to official channels and be cautious of rumours and misinformation that frequently circulate over email and messenger services such as Whatsapp. The following two links may be helpful in this:
If you are in self-isolation
If you are alone in self-isolation, let the Student Life Services know using this form. Please do not hesitate to do so: we are here to help!