#inthistogether - Support to study from home
We're here to support you with additional information and resources to help you stay motivated, set goals and achieve while you study from home.
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Stress is a natural feeling, designed to help you cope in challenging situations. In small amounts, it’s good, because it pushes you to work hard and do your best, including in exams.
Short periods of stress are normal, and can often be resolved by something as simple as completing a task or by talking to others and taking time to relax.
- If you feel overwhelmed with your workload or studies make a to-do list and identify the most important tasks you need to achieve, complete these and re-access how you feel, often the thought of everything is much worse than the reality.
- Ensure you’re still striking a balance, take breaks, socialise, relax with a cup of tea, keep hydrated, exercise and ensure you still prioritise sleep.
- Try not to worry about the future or compare yourself with others. Take a break and do something creative, focusing on something that you enjoy can help you re-energise .
- Try breathing exercises to help you relax.
- Develop or reach out to your support network whether this be to friends, family, tutors or professionals.
You can also speak to our Careers and Welfare team, part of our wider Future U Student Support Services offer by emailing: email@example.com
Be Mindful: Information about mindfulness and mindfulness-based stress reduction.
Anxiety UK: Advice and support for people living with anxiety (or call 08444 775 774).
How to look after your whole self
Tips to look after your whole self over the coming months.
Being confined or isolated for an extended period can be challenging and affects everyone differently. It is normal to feel stress and worry about your situation and the changes it has had on your life. It is important to take action to help reduce the potential impacts on your general health and wellbeing. Below are tips on how to support yourself during this period.
Set up health daily routines:
A regular routine can help reduce boredom and help you create a sense of normality.
- Maintain regular mealtimes with a focus on a healthy and balanced diet
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- Keep up to date with normal chores around the house
- If you can study from home try stick to your normal study times
- If you have spare time consider doing tasks that will help you feel a sense of achievement.
- Exercise is a proven way to reduce the effects of stress.
- Look for home workout options, there are loads of apps, instagram feeds and youtube workouts available that are great for when you can't leave your living room or have little or no equipment.
- Reach out to people you trust like friends and family via phone, text, email and video chat
- Consider creating group chats for any groups you may not see so you can all keep up to date with each other
- It’s important to share how you feel and try linking with those in a similar situation.
Take time to relax
- Plan activities that help you feel calm or safe
- Try to get fresh air or spend time outside if possible.
Stay informed with what you need to know
It’s normal to want to stay informed and up to date with what's happening, but too much exposure especially if you are self-isolating can be detrimental to your mental health. If you are feeling overwhelmed by news or social media, set time limits to the amount of time you spend watching or reading news or commentary.
Check your thoughts and feelings:
It’s normal to feel overwhelmed or stressed. It’s important to remind yourself that this will pass. Create a plan of things you could do or say to yourself during this time.
How to prepare for an online interview or audition
Get your tech right. It’s worth doing a trial video call with someone, this will allow you to adjust your tech as needed as well as help you get used to what it’s like if this isn’t something you’ve done before. Check the lighting, picture quality, and sound. Resolving any issues ahead of the call will help eliminate excess stress and ensure you’re presenting yourself at your best
Eliminate distractions and check your location. If you have the option try to find a quiet place for the call, or use a headset to cancel out background noise if feasible. If you live with other people, let them know that you’ll be on a video call so they can monitor their behaviour accordingly. If you’re worried about not being able to find an appropriate place, just let the tutor know. Our team are very understanding and knows this may be a completely new scenario for you.
Share any resources ahead of your meeting. If there’s any evidence or materials that you plan on sharing with your interviewer it’s beneficial to send these ahead of your session to ensure they’ve got these and they don’t slow down the process. It also means if you do what to share any examples or portfolio work they have copies of high-quality.
Dress appropriately. Just because you’re attending from the comfort of your home doesn’t mean you should change how you present yourself. Wear what you would if you were coming onto campus and meeting in person.
Be prepared. Be passionate. Be yourself. Ultimately the reason you’ll be interviewing or auditioning is so our team get to meet you.
Future U: Student Support Services including careers and welfare teams can still be reached remotely. Contacts are available here.
Disability support: if you have query you can contact our team by emailing DSA@ucenmcr.tmc.ac.uk or by calling us on: 07730 619177 or 07885 556419
Admissions: if you have a question about your application or offer please contact UCENadmissions@ucenmanchester.ac.uk
Music to motivate you
Studying from home can mean we have an increased amount of screen time, and even during our breaks me might checking our phone or playing on an iPad. Podcasts, on the other hand, provide a fantastic alternative to the TV, enabling you to unwind, relax and give your eyes a rest from the glare!
Whether you want to learn something new or find your happy place, we’ve compiled a list of podcasts that we think you’ll love:
Fearne Cotton chats with inspiring individuals who have either made changes in their own lives or who help people every day to find a different way of looking at life. - Listen Here
TED Talks Daily
Every weekday you can hear thought-provoking ideas on every subject imaginable from the world’s leading thinkers and doers. This podcast can help you change your perspectives, ignite your curiosity and learn something new. - Listen Here
Cole Cuchna gives an in-depth examination on one pivotal figure in the music industry and their music, including Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Tyler, the Creator’s Flower Boy. - Listen Here
Who The Hell Is Hamish
A story of how one man from Sydney duped people from across the world, swindling them out of tens of millions of dollars and evading justice for decades. How did he manage to evade the authorities for so long and what did he do with the money? - Listen Here
Serial – Season 1
In 1999, Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school. Detectives arrest her ex-boyfriend but he says he’s innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that particular afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where he was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found. - Listen here
That Peter Crouch Podcast
Peter Crouch, Tom Fordyce and Chris Stark give an insider’s perspective of life as a Premier League footballer with some banter thrown in for good measure. - Listen Here
Stuff You Should Know
Why not take some time to learn something new and interesting. If you’ve ever wanted to understand how dog training works or you want to know what Cockney Rhyming Slang actually is, this is the perfect podcast for you. - Listen Here
Live sessions and drop-ins
We understand maintaining a routine around sleep can be especially challenging under lockdown. Gordon has years of expertise advising students on sleep hygiene and can offer practical advice on how to have deep and meaningful zzz’s.
18 of May (2-3pm) – Join here
Developing coping strategies
We can all agree that COVID 19 has impacted on our lives in lots of different ways and may even have led you to feel more stressed. Join Liz who can help explain how you can better manage stress and even turn it to your advantage!
Wednesday 13 and 20 May (11am-12pm) – Join here
LGBTQ student drop-in
To kick off our IDAHOBIT celebrations, please join us for a drop in and let us know how lockdown has been working for you!
Wednesday 13 and 20 May (2-3pm) – Join here
Productivity during Lockdown
Have you found it difficult to stay focused on your work? If so, this session is for you. Bethany will share some practical tools for staying productive when studying from home.
Thursday 14 and 21 May (12-1pm) – Join here
Feel Good Friday
Lou will share top tips for looking after mental wellbeing – key to surviving the global pandemic! We’d also love for you to share your top wellbeing tips.
Friday 15 and 22 May (10-11am) – Join here