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Feeling like this right now?

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Abigail Booth | English Language and Linguistics with Intercalated year Contact Abigail

Having recently received an email confirming the postponement of my graduation, I’m in a bit of a disheartened state, and I feel as though yet another thing has been stripped from us students.

It’s difficult, having moments like this, because I am aware that I am in a lucky position – I am not working on the front line, I have not lost a relative to Coronavirus, I am safe and I have appropriate study conditions. Importantly, though, I am allowed to feel disheartened. We all are! It is really important to recognise how you’re feeling, as opposed to pushing it aside.

I’ve said this in previous blogs, but I just want to reinforce that you are allowed to feel however you feel right now, and you are not alone. Everyone is going through their own difficulties on top of the troubles that this pandemic brings, and we all need to look out for each other while not neglecting ourselves. Being students is tough, having the enjoyable social element to university taken away from us, while having to work extremely hard on our assignments without access to the normal resources! We should all give ourselves a pat on the back 🙂

I’d like this blog to be a reminder of the importance of taking care of yourself right now. Take some time to consider what you need right now. To call a friend? A nice cup of tea? A cry? Whatever your need, it is valid!

I’d also like to share some ways that often help me when I feel like this:

Do something kind for yourself – as mentioned above, what do you need right now? Try and be compassionate towards yourself. I’ve recently enjoyed the feelings of nostalgia that come with watching old Disney films.

Try (and I recognise the difficulty of this!) and manage what you CAN control – cancelled plans and everything that has or might come along with the pandemic is not in our control. We can control how much we stay in contact with friends, how we treat those around us, and how we treat ourselves. It can feel at times as though we have the weight of the world on our shoulders.

Take it one day at a time – one hour, even. Living in these uncertain times can feel very overwhelming, as we want to know what tomorrow, what next week/month brings. This isn’t really possible right now, and we need to take baby steps. I struggle with this, as I am notorious for planning out every moment of my future!

Recognise that you are not alone – and you don’t have to struggle alone! Warwick’s wellbeing services are here for you https://warwick.ac.uk/services/wss/students/ with great online self-help resources, or online-consultations if you’d like to talk to someone. If you feel that you need some help taking care of your mental health, then these are the people to help you. Reaching out to wellbeing was one of the best things I could have done for myself, and I am happy to share my experience of seeking help with you, if you want to reach out 🙂 Keep an eye out for what Mind Aware are doing, Warwick’s mental health society. We are here for you, and you can find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WarwickMindAware/ where we often share useful resources and let you know about our upcoming events 🙂

As always, stay safe and take care of yourselves 🙂

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
Abigail Booth | English Language and Linguistics with Intercalated year Contact Abigail

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