Looking after your emotional and mental wellbeing
Don't forget to look after your mental health during these uncertain times. You may be feeling frustrated, worried or lonely, so we encourage you to get further support if you need it. Have a look at the resources available and our Queen Mary Covid-19 support group is available if you need help.
The Student’s Union’s ‘Be Kind to Your Mind’ campaign has a number of helpful tips and resources. Do keep up to date with the latest NHS and Government advice, alongside the University's updates on the situation.
NEW! Here's some new and free resources that may help you manage your wellbeing, and offer a space to discuss challenges and stay connected at a time when unity is needed most.
Counselling blog for students
Queen Mary’s Advice and Counselling Service has launched a new weekly blog for students: qmulcounselling.wordpress.com.
This is a space where our counsellors share reflections on and explore wellbeing issues that may come up while studying at university. Current posts include 'How to manage anxiety during the coronavirus crisis' and 'Looking after ourselves during a pandemic'. They'll also be looking at topics such as managing exam stress, studying during coronavirus, and managing low mood.
Free weekly mindfulness sessions from the Oxford Mindfulness Centre
The University of Oxford Mindfulness Centre is offering weekly online mindfulness sessions, as well as an online introductory mindfulness course. Both are completely free and you don't need to have any prior knowledge or experience of mindfulness. Learn more at oxfordmindfulness.org/free-online-mindfulness-course-sessions.
Queen Mary’s Centre for the History of Emotions has made available a number of new resources exploring emotions. These resources for teachers and parents are aimed at school children, but are open to all who might be interested.
Some of these include:
Emotionology: The Game of Feelings
A new simple card game about describing feeling, for all the family. Describing melancholy? Acting out anger? The aim of the game is to guess as many emotion words as possible while your team-mates describe, draw and act them out. Play now: emotionslab.org/games.
Developing Emotions lessons
This is a pioneering programme of 36 lessons designed to promote emotional literacy and emotional awareness. It has been developed as a collaboration between the Centre for the History of the Emotions and TKAT Multi-Academy Trust. Activities include art, writing tasks, debates, music, dance, and a final quiz for each unit. Find out more here.