How to Deal with Change

By Kevin Foster
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

These are unprecedented times in the middle of the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, with many changes taking place suddenly. We are all being impacted - us personally, our family, friends, and colleagues.

Conference table with chairs and the word change above

Here are some tips and tricks to help you and your mental health during these difficult and unprecedented times:

  1. It is important to keep up to date with health information, but make sure your information is from reliable sources such as the NHS, Government and Public Health England.

  2. Whilst information is important, keep it in balance and do not let it become an obsession.

  3. Maintain a daily/weekly schedule - e.g. draw up a calendar of possible lectures, daily tasks, also including the time to chat with family & friends.

  4. Contact available services if needing support – e.g. University Student Services including Counselling, Disability Advice, Careers Advice, Assessment’s team; your GP. Do not wait until it is all too much, as help and support is on hand for you.

  5. Act early if you are struggling financially – e.g. talk to your landlord, banks, credit card companies. Many are being more flexible than usual.

  6. Keep as healthy as possible - e.g. important to sleep and eat well, not to drink alcohol too excessively, exercise when able (within national guidelines).

  7. Limit access to social media – it is great to keep in touch, but do not let it become an issue e.g. reduce checking to less times in the day, take regular breaks away.

The NHS service 'Every Mind Matters' offer some great tips and advice if you are worried about coronavirus. You can also find information and support from the mental health charity, Mind.

Keep yourself up-to-date with how the University is tackling coronavirus, as well as for information specifically for students.

About the Author

Kevin Foster is our dedicated Counsellor at the London campus. He can be reached via email at Kevin.Foster@uwtsd.ac.uk. More information about the Counselling Service at UWTSD.