As the Covid-19 pandemic continues it is important to make time to look after yourself. Maintaining our mental wellbeing can be difficult; and it’s difficult in different ways for different people. It could be that you’re struggling to find a positive work/life balance, or that you’re not exercising as much as you’d like to.

 

The University has a welcoming and supportive community. With a large number of classes taking place online, we should try to consider the diverse situations our fellow students are in – some may be living alone and struggling with the isolation, others have caring responsibilities that need to be woven in to the university day. Let’s look out for each other as much as possible, taking the time to ask, ‘how are you today?’ and organising virtual social activities.

 

Here are some ideas to help you with your Wellbeing, but please remember if you need additional support please contact one of our Support Services which are free to access for all students. View our useful support cheat sheet to find out more about all of the support available to you throughout your time at the university.

 

There are lots of activities for you to get involved in whether you are a resident in our Halls of Residences or living in private accommodation. From cookery demos to virtual quiz nights or a movie night. Check out these What's On guides. 

 

AUSA What's On           Download the Student App          University Events Guide

Connect

Evidence shows that connecting with others can promote wellbeing and build a support network when times get tough. Connecting is about being there for others, talking and listening, and feeling a sense of belonging. Try to take the time to talk to someone on the phone instead of emailing or organise a virtual catch up.

Alumni Buddy Scheme

There are lots of support services available to you however if you would just like to have a chat with someone over the winter break, we can arrange for one of our graduates to call you while you are isolating. Please complete this form and we will put you in touch for an informal chat.

Togetherall

Join an online community to support your mental health & wellbeing.

AUSA

Choose from a whole range of societies, sports clubs and student groups.

online yoga club

Active Travel

Join the Active Travel Club to connect with staff and students at the University who use walking, cycling, running or scooting as a method of transport.

active travel - walking

Virtual Coffee

Pop into the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy for a virtual coffee and a catch up. 

virtual coffee

Book Club

Join the Multi-Faith Chaplaincy Book Club or organise your own virtual book group with a group of friends or classmates.  

virtual book club

Quiz Night

Challenge your fellow students or friends to a quiz night, choosing a different host for every quiz night.

Bake-Off

Challenge your fellow students to a bake-off competition.

baking ingredients

Places of Worship

There are many churches and places of worship located across the city of Aberdeen. Many of them have been in touch with our own Multifaith Chaplaincy to offer their concern and support for our students. Please browse these websites to find out about the services you can attend online and in person, what support is available and how you can reach out to all of these faith organisations during this difficult time. The community of Aberdeen cares for you.

Be Active

Being active isn’t just good for our physical health; it’s also proven to have a positive effect on our mental health and wellbeing. Take time for a short walk during the day or take a new physical activity you enjoy or have always wanted to pursue.

Take Notice

Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings and to the world around, boosts our wellbeing. Try to take a break to sit quietly in the garden or park, listen to your favourite music or mindfulness session. It’s often the simple things that bring us joy.

Take Care of Yourself

Looking after your own wellbeing will help you get through challenging times, and will help you to better care for others. Try some of these suggestions and resources to support your wellbeing.

How to take care of yourself during lockdown.

Feeling Good App

Download the Feeling Good App for quick and easy access to mindfulness and relaxation tracks.

Use the login details below to access free premium materials.

Username: abdnuni2

Password: positive

yoga

Pamper Session

Can’t get to the Spa? Create a pamper session at home. Take a restorative bath or make a face mask using kitchen cupboard ingredients.

home made face masks

Puzzles/Games

Switch off from your daily routine with free games and puzzles. Card games, brain teasers, sports, multi-player games and more to keep you busy.

jig saw

BBC Podcasts

BBC Podcasts - something for everyone.

Podcast

BeWell Podcasts

Check out our range of podcasts covering all things wellbeing.

Student listening to a podcast

Worship from Kings College Chapel

A series of short meditative worship services recorded in Kings College Chapel at the University of Aberdeen. A new service will be shared every Wednesday and Sunday

Learn

Learning improves our self-esteem, keeps us connected and involved and helps us adapt to change and find meaning in our lives. It has also been shown to help prevent depression in later years. Try learning something new today. Read a new book or research something you’ve always been curious about.

Knitting

Learn to knit something warm for the colder weather!

student knitting

Ancestry

Ever wondered who your great, great grandparents were?

Find out more about your family history.

family history photos

Cleaning and DIY Hacks

Cleaning products can be expensive. Have a go and find out which one’s work.

Check out some cleaning and DIY hacks here

Cleaning products

Give

Giving to others can create positive feelings and help you to connect with other people.  It can be as simple as asking a friend how they are or giving your time to listen to someone who needs support or company. Take the time to check in with a colleague or friend who may be on their own during the winter break. A short phone call could be all it takes to brighten someone’s day.

Donate to charity

Due to current restrictions it has been difficult to take part in physical fundraising opportunities this year. The smallest amount can make a difference. Whether it’s a local charity or international one, we all have a charity that is close to our heart.

Give to charity

Check in on another student

Do you know of another student who may be on their own? Give them a call to check how they are.

Student on a phone call

Help someone with their food shop

Do you know someone who is isolating or may be unwell? A simple food shop can really help.

Student Life

Try some of these activities with your housemates.

Cocktails and Mocktails

Try some of these easy cocktail recipes for a great night in. 

Remember you can also have all the cocktail making fun without the alcohol - check out these amazing mocktail recipes.

Mocktail making

Crafts and Drawing

From glitter stationary to making your own soap, there is something for everyone.

Check out our crafty ideas here

Craft ideas

Support Services

If you are struggling with the current government restrictions you are not alone, and support is available. There is a range of internal and external resources available.

Internal Support Services

Counselling Service - The Counselling Service is available to all students in the UK. Initial appointments are available within a few days of request and operate virtually or by telephone. 

Multi-faith Chaplaincy - The Multi-faith Chaplaincy offers resources and help for everyone, whatever their situation.

Nightline - Nightline is a student run listening and information service.

SRA's - For students living in university accommodation the student resident assistants can offer support and assistance. SRAs work from 1800-0600 during term time and are supported by a Community Liaison Officer who is on site throughout the day.

Students 4 Students - Students 4 Students (S4S) is here to help you settle into university life with advice and support from your fellow students.

Student Advice & Support - The Student Advice & Support Team offer impartial and confidential advice and support on a range of issues. This includes advice and support on finance and personal issues; general concerns about your studies and personal live; support with any disabilities or long-term health conditions; and information and advice on immigration matters and the impact of Brexit.

Student Learning Service - The Student Learning Service (SLS) works with all students to enhance their academic skills. All sessions and appointments are free, non-judgmental, and confidential.

Personal Tutors - The aim of the Personal Tutor system is to provide students with a member of academic staff who will be available to them for support and guidance throughout their studies.

External Support Services

AlcoholThere are a number of support services available for alcohol related concerns within the NHS.

Beat Eating Disorders - Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity is a free and confidential service that can offer support and understanding to young people.

Breathing Space - Breathing Space provides free and confidential listening, advice and information on ways to help us to cope when we are struggling or feeling low.

Weekdays: Monday-Thursday 6pm to 2am
Weekend: Friday 6pm-Monday 6am

LGBT FoundationThe LGBT Foundation provides information and support to all LGBTQI+ people.

Mental Health Aberdeen - A local charity that provides information and counselling for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

Mental Health Aberdeen Helpline: 01224 573892 

MIND - You might be worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it could affect your life. This might feel difficult or stressful. Visit the MIND website for ways to help your wellbeing.

National Sleep Foundation - For top tips on getting a better night’s sleep.

NHS GrampianNHS Grampian have some great self-help guides that can help you understand what you are experiencing.

Prevent Suicide - A suicide prevention app aimed at users in the north east of Scotland. Provides helpful info for those affected in any way by suicide.

Samaritans - If you are struggling to cope and would like to talk to someone, the Samaritans helpline is open 24/7.

Togetherall - Access free online support with Togetherall. Whether you’re struggling to sleep, feeling low, stressed or not coping, Togetherall can help you get support, take control and feel better.

If you are feeling distressed and need support, please contact NHS 24 on 111. If you feel at immediate risk call 999.