Staying Calm through Uncertainty
Despite constant headlines, in the light of the Covid-19 outbreak there seem to be more questions floating around than answers. Alongside the possible physical ramifications of the virus, has come a bubble of uncertainty – on a university, national and global scale. Uncertainty can trigger everything from frustration to anxiety, but unfortunately it is somewhat inevitable at times like these. I hope everyone’s staying as safe as possible and that these tips can help you to deal with any uncertainty you might be struggling with during this time.
1) Check (and limit!) your sources
Whilst the desire to know as much as possible about the latest situations can be consuming, skipping from one sensational headline to the next is never helpful! Limit your intake of Corona-themed news – the discrepancies between what is reported from news station to news station are few and far between if you stick to reliable sources. Although I hope it goes without saying: avoid tabloids!
It never hurts to turn off news notifications either – there’s only so much change that can happen in one day. Likewise, whilst waiting to hear from the university, perhaps leave checking emails until the end of the day – the more you check your emails doesn’t correlate to how fast information will be sent out!
Finally, if you have specific questions to do with the virus turn to the NHS website (https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ ), rather than Google…or Facebook, or YouTube!
2) Physical isolation doesn’t mean social isolation!
During a time of uncertainty, it can be nerve-wracking to be away from loved ones, whether friends or family. But whether your sister/ grandma/ friend is a bus journey away or halfway across the world, they will always be just a phone call away. Whether you’re worried about them and how they may be coping or you’re struggling yourself, make sure to keep in touch.
3) Make plans
Whilst you may not be able to spend your day exactly where you want it, you can decide how you spend it. When so much feels out of control, it can be useful and comforting to have some element of a controlled environment for yourself, so keep yourself busy!
We’re really lucky to be part of a generation where we can do a lot (pretty much everything!) remotely. And whilst the situation at the moment is far from ideal, make sure you don’t let it dictate your life more than it has to. You don’t have to go to a gym to exercise and you don’t have to go to Costa to be able to chat to your friends. Whilst it may become more inconvenient to stick to your routines, it’s important not to cut them out of your life. It may take a bit of getting used to and a bit more friction than usual, but it’s a lot more healthy to keep your habits up even in a somewhat adapted form!
For anyone particularly worried or anxious, information about the University’s well-being support, including an email counselling service, can be found online here: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/wss/. Warwick’s Coronavirus guidance can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/insite/coronavirus.