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News: Blog: World Men­tal Health Day – Anx­i­ety tips

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World Men­tal Health Day is 10th Octo­ber 2020 – the theme for this year is Men­tal Health for All”

World Men­tal Health Day aims to raise aware­ness of men­tal health issues and to reduce the stig­ma often asso­ci­at­ed with them.

This year it is more impor­tant than ever that we sup­port you, our stu­dents to have pos­i­tive men­tal health. COVID-19 has had a neg­a­tive impact on the men­tal health of mil­lions of peo­ple includ­ing caus­ing an increase in lev­els of anx­i­ety, fear and iso­la­tion. Social dis­tanc­ing, gov­ern­ment restric­tions and guide­lines have cre­at­ed huge amounts of uncer­tain­ty and emo­tion­al dis­tress that peo­ple have report­ed is impact­ing their men­tal health (source: World Fed­er­a­tion for Men­tal Health 2020). 

We have lots of resources for our cur­rent stu­dents on our stu­dent intranet, includ­ing ways to get involved with World Men­tal Health Day, and our Stu­dent Well­be­ing team have put togeth­er their top 5 tips for reliev­ing anx­i­ety below.

Whether you are at home alone or liv­ing with oth­er peo­ple, it can feel huge­ly chal­leng­ing when our move­ments and rou­tines are restricted. 

First and fore­most, be kind to your­self and those around you. It’s a stress­ful time and every­one is feel­ing the strain. Use this time as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to focus on your men­tal and emo­tion­al health, and make some healthy habits to con­tin­ue with when things return to normal. 

1. Reach out

Make it a pri­or­i­ty to reach out to some­one every day. Whether a rel­a­tive, friend or some­one you don’t see very often, just a 5‑minute phone call can make someone’s day. 

2. Limit the noise

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Try to avoid lis­ten­ing to the news and fol­low­ing social media con­stant­ly. It’s nat­ur­al to want to know what is hap­pen­ing around us but it is impor­tant to find a bal­ance if you find the news stressful. 

3. Breathe and pause

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If you are feel­ing anx­ious or your stress lev­el is ris­ing, take time to sit alone in a room, close your eyes, breathe deeply and count to 20. As you prac­tise, count again and again. 

As you grow more com­fort­able, try visu­al­is­ing a scene in nature, or a word such as peace or seren­i­ty and focus on that. If your mind wan­ders, just come back to the scene or the word. 

The more we can qui­et our minds, the more our mood and well­be­ing will improve. 

4. Take some 'me time'

Why not go for a walk and get some fresh air

Sched­ule some time to devote to your­self. This could be as sim­ple as tak­ing a nice bath, doing an activ­i­ty you enjoy or tak­ing some time out­side to exer­cise (fol­low­ing gov­ern­ment guide­lines of course). Remind your­self that you exist, and that you and your health are important. 

5. Accomplish small goals

Not know­ing when the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion will end can lead to feel­ings of dis­tress and anxiety. 

Doing small jobs we might have put off in the past is a con­struc­tive way of occu­py­ing our minds, and will help to keep our sur­round­ings in bet­ter order. 

Now is the time to sort out the kitchen cup­boards, organ­ise files or have the clear out you’ve been putting off for a while! 

Please remem­ber that if you feel real­ly anx­ious, it’s impor­tant to talk to some­one you trust and get some help. 

What­ev­er the men­tal health issue, our cur­rent Not­ting­ham Col­lege stu­dents can access advice about sup­port on the Well­be­ing Hub on the stu­dent intranet, or speak to their Achieve­ment Coach. 

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  • 8th October 2020 (9:00 AM)
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