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So, here we are again. The UK is in the midst of its third national lockdown, and for so many reasons, this one feels like the hardest yet for our mental health during lockdown. The days are still short, it’s cold, damp and miserable and with no end in sight, everyone is struggling.
For students who are still expected to study, albeit remotely (or from the confines of their student accommodation in Ormskirk) this level of upheaval and uncertainty has had a dramatic impact on mental health.
The good news is, there are so many free (and paid) resources available, more now than there ever has been in fact, and today we’re bringing 3 to your attention that you may not have tried yet. So, let’s dive in shall we?
Headspace is a fantastic resource for when everything is getting just a bit too much for your mental health during lockdown, but it’s not a new app on the market. In fact, Headspace has been around for a number of years now offering mindfulness techniques to combat stress and anxiety and to promote better sleep.
Sounds perfect right now, doesn’t it?
Well – here’s what you need to know about this much sought-after app:
You can use Headspace for free for two weeks, although there is also a paid version (Headspace Plus) which comes with additional features and you can opt for that straight away. If you choose the free option, you will have to pay a monthly fee after those initial 2 weeks are up.
The app has guided meditations and exercises, so even if you’ve no idea what you’re doing – you can follow along with ease.
Depending on how much you’re struggling, you can choose how long you want the activity to be. A guided meditation can run from 5 to 20 minutes, depending on how much you need it!
The app is available to download on both IOS and Android.
There are a lot of different apps like Headspace out there, and some will cost nothing to download but we had to give an honourable mention to Headspace because it really makes winding down easy! What about considering crystals for meditation?
Enrich your walks with famous landmarks!
With walks being one of the few things left we are free to do, the influx in those getting out to pound the pavements has risen substantially. This is fantastic of course, but it can get a little dull and no longer helpful to your mental health if you’re wondering the same routes each time.
With restrictions on how far we can go currently in place, a demand for a virtual enrichment has been born, and the best bit is it won’t cost a penny! Simply Googling ‘Arts & Culture’ will bring up a plethora of famous landmarks that you can peruse at your leisure – just like you were there in real life.
Everything from museums to countries on your hit list can be explored, so why not take your phone on your walk and enrich yourself with some new sights? Perhaps the change of scenery will really help your mind to relax.
Go to a concert…
Okay, we hear you. This sounds like a definite breach of the lockdown rules, but in fact, there are so many well-known artists doing free virtual gigs at the moment, so why not do a bit of research and schedule a bit of time out to enjoy some live music from the comfort of your own bedroom?
You could even make it a date and invite friends or family to a zoom where you can all watch together at the same time. Bring some beers and snacks, and it’s like you were all there in the flesh! A great way to support your mental health.
Don’t bottle it up
Whilst these three tips may not be earth-shattering, they are hopefully something you can think about or try that you haven’t already considered. As the lockdown goes on, it’s reasonable to suggest you may be running out of inspiration – so we hope we helped. Finally, we want to remind you that if you are currently spending lockdown in your student accommodation in Ormskirk and feel like your mental health is suffering, please reach out. Speak to your accommodation supplier, your university, friends or family – we’re all in this together.
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