Being asked to self-isolate will affect everyone differently. Some people may be fine about it, while others may find it challenging.
Self-isolating even if it is just for a short while, can be tough. You may feel bored, fed-up, worried about whether you might feel unwell, thinking about how you are going to organise your meals and some people may feel isolated.
But you’re not alone – we’re here to help. It's important to remember that it's okay to feel this way and that everyone reacts differently. Remember, for most of us, these feelings will pass.
Here are some suggestions we hope will help. We want to provide you with information that will help and support you, So, if you think of something that really helps you and you think might help others, please email us and let us know so we can include it on this page.
COVID-19: the essentials
- Up to date information about coronavirus and the university guidance can be found here
- Information about Omicron can be found here
- Information about vaccination can be found here
- Information about covid- 19 booster can be found here
- You can access the Student Reporting: Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms and self-isolation form here. Please note, the form will not be checked over the vacation closure period (Friday 24 December - Tuesday 4 January).
- Please inform your school and personal tutor if you are self-isolating
How long do I need to self-isolate?
- If you are double vaccinated, you can end quarantine after seven days, providing you have negative lateral flow results on day six and day seven. However, if you continue to experience symptoms you should continue to isolate until day 10.
- Anyone ending isolation on day seven is strongly advised to limit contact with vulnerable people, not visit crowded or poorly ventilated spaces, and work from home.
- If you unvaccinated, you must self isolate for 10 days.
- Up to date guidance on how long you should self-isolate can be found here
Self-isolation and treating symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Advice about self-isolation and treatment can be found here
- Information about how to treat symptoms of coronavirus can be found here
More information can be found here
Ways to stay in touch include:
- Phone calls
- Video chats
- Arrange a movie night with others in your accommodation or on your course etc
- Group texting (Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger etc)
- Send an email
Stay connected with friends and family
Develop a routine
When you are restricted to one place the time can drag. But if you structure your day it can really help. Time may not fly by, but it will go more quickly. So plan time around your coursework, and include breaks, video calls with friends and family
What can also help with establishing a routine is to alter your room between work day space and relaxation evening/weekend space. If possible you could try moving your work out of sight or cover your desk with a throw when not working and put it on your bed during the day.
Sleep is a hugely important part of your routine. It may feel difficult to get 6-8 hours per night. Even if you cannot sleep, give your body a chance to rest. Try to avoid going on your mobile phone or electronic screen at least an hour before bedtime as it can interfere with sleep. More information can be found here You can also download the Mental Health Foundation: How to sleep better guide.
Relaxation and meditation
If you’re feeling enclosed, try to get as much fresh air as possible. Try to an open a window. Looking up at the sky can help to give you a sense of space.
Other ways to stay connected and entertained
Wellbeing resources: Looking after your mental health
The pandemic is affecting many people's mental health in ways we might not have anticipated. If you are struggling with an eating disorder or are concerned you may be developing signs of an eating disorder, it’s important to get help and support.
If you are struggling with an eating disorder, please contact your GP who may refer you onto a specialist service
Where can I access help and support?
If you need help and support and are unsure where to go the Support and Wellbeing Service can help. Support and wellbeing officers work alongside personal tutors, supervisors, and other University support services.
You can book a consultation with a Support and Wellbeing Officer here. Appointments are available 9am-4pm Monday to Friday.
Other services that can help: