SUGGESTIONS & PRACTICAL TIPS FOR STUDENTS
Identify, Label and Accept Your Feeling:
It’s important to know and observe yourself to understand how your thoughts and emotions are impacting you so that you know when to seek help
- Learn to Communicate Effectively:
Most of our life, we communicate with our self (self-talk) and this is dependent on the tape that runs in our heads. If we do not make an effort to keep away from negative events and ideas, we are bound to communicate the same negativity to others through our thoughts, mood and behaviour.
- Connect and Interact with Your Family:
Share your concerns with anyone in your family and discuss your thoughts and concerns freely. It is important to take other’s perspective too, to know if we are perceiving things the way they are.
- Ensure Balanced Diet and Nutritious Food:
Eat a healthy balanced diet and keep yourself well hydrated. Eating well is important for both body and mind. Deficiency may show mood and sleep changes also. Therefore, choose healthy and homemade food
- Set an Everyday Me-Time:
Work on strength-based skills for a living. Keep an eye on your areas of improvement but do not let them override you.
- Avoid Excessive Exposure to Media:
Double-check the news you read or hear. Avoid misleading news and rumours.
- Maintain A Routine and Take Care of Your Body:
Stick to a scheduled routine for sleep, study, recreation and nutrition.
Eat healthy and avoid excessive use of caffeine, alcohol, or other substances
- Infuse Some Variety Into Daily Activities Like:
Read a book of your interest
Stay connected with professors by email and keep up with classwork and assignments.
Monitor time spent on social media
Engage in or develop a hobby
- Identify Your Strengths:
Remind yourself that you have been through difficult times before and you have accomplished many things. Think back to the difficult times in your life and your past successes with compassion and an open heart and reflect on what you learned about your unique strengths
- Check the university and college website often daily:
Visit the website regularly for any updates about exams, assignments or any assessment.
SUGGESTIONS & PRACTICAL TIPS FOR FACULTY
Plan and define your work:
The change in the style of working to online mode may be a bit challenging for many of us and the work environment not so suitable to our needs. However, we need to accept the current way of working and plan our schedule to balance professional work and domestic work.
- Use information wisely:
Each day is a chance to learn more. Schedule your daily activity and see what new holistic information you can digest today. Boredom at times leads to addiction and related unhealthy coping.
- Stay well connected:
Update your students with all the latest information and guide them about the online resources or any latest information being posted online about their academics, exams, assignments etc. Ensure whatever information you disseminate goes through a single platform and does not float through multiple channels of communication.
- Enquire students’ wellbeing on regular basis:
Ask your students from time to time about how they are feeling and if they need any help for psychosocial support. Share with them the sources from which they can get help.
- Maintain a good lifestyle:
Too many changes in work schedule, work environment and managing tasks at home while completing multiple assignments of work may be exhausting. Make sure you take care of your own physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Work on social support:
Build rewarding connections with individuals and groups. Stay connected with your family members however difficult it may seem.
- Encourage & empower:
Empower your students and others to seek help for distress and mental health support without any stigma.