If you are having to quarantine, it is important to stay mentally and physically healthy. This page provides resources and information to support you.
Stay in the loop
Podcasts can provide a sense of inclusion and belonging, as well as keeping you up to date and informed across a huge range of topics. At UCL, we have curated our own range of podcasts, or you could check out BBC Sounds for music and talk shows.
Similarly, news platforms are great sources of interesting podcasts: The Guardian, HuffPost, The New York Times and The Atlantic are great sources of diverse and wide-ranging podcasts across many topics.
It’s important to adjust to your temporary situation by managing your time effectively. While it may be tempting to chill out and get started on a Netflix marathon, it is important to create a routine for yourself. This can help to provide structure to your time and separate different commitments like studying, preparing for university, working and relaxing.
Some people will find it useful to create a schedule blocking out periods of the day for certain tasks and activities. Time management or timetabling apps or websites may be useful for this.
Remember that although you’re in quarantine, it doesn’t mean you are on your own. It’s important to stay in contact with your support network of friends and family and you can do this through video and audio calls. You might want to catch up or do an activity together.
The days might start to get a bit more mundane as the time goes on, but there is plenty out there to keep you entertained! This article could be a good place to start. Why not get crafty, learn a new skill or discover some new music?
Take a virtual museum tour and explore a wide range of global museums’ amazing collections. You could explore the British Museum’s collection, travel over to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and then to the Guggenheim, New York – all from the comfort of your own room!
Stay informed (but not too informed!)
It’s important to stay up to date with the news, however being constantly alert to it can become stressful and have a negative impact on your mental health. Make sure you take regular breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, and spend time doing other things. If you find yourself prone to constantly opening notifications, why not disable these and change them to Breaking News only? The charity Mind also has guidance on online mental health.
Make sure to keep your body and brain active, even from the comfort of your room. To keep your body moving even in a small space, you could try out some online yoga, fitness classes or pilates. There are many sites and organisations offering both free and paid for classes, you could start with the NHS Fitness Studio.
Your brain is just as important as your body, and supporting your mental health and wellbeing is easy with the support of UCL. Our events have been specially designed to support you during quarantine, to support both your mental and physical health. There are also many apps to support your mental health, sleep and wellbeing such as Headspace and Calm.
There are also plenty of resources from UK charities with expertise in mental health. Try the following websites for a wide range of online resources and advice.
The UK mental health charity Mind provides resources on how to cope with periods of isolation or quarantine.
The charity Student Minds provides support and resources for those with existing health conditions, struggling with social distancing or having experienced xenophobia.
UK charity The Mix provides free, confidential support for under 25s online, via social media channels and mobile.
Anxiety UK have created many resources and advice to support those with anxiety.
OCD-UK have put together advice for those with OCD amid COVID-19.
The UK's eating disorder charity, Beat, has advice for those with eating disorders and COVID-19.
Every Mind Matters
The National Health Service (NHS) has developed Every Mind Matters, providing extensive information about looking after your mental health and wellbeing.
UCL has extensive information and guidance on COVID-19.
The UK Government website provides up-to-date information about regulations and advice around COVID-19.