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COVID-19 Education for African Students

7. Looking after your mental health

Things can feel very worrying in a global pandemic, particularly if you are already prone to anxiety about your health or have other stresses to cope with such as struggles with your academic work.

There are things you can do to look after your mental health.

Talk about your worries. Stay in touch with friends and family through phone and video technology such as Skype.

Look after yourself. Try to eat healthily, exercise regularly and maintain regular sleep routines.

Keep up with hobbies and activities that give you pleasure. Sometimes people stop doing things they enjoy if they are feeling worried, anxious, lonely or low.

Some people find that religious or spiritual activities such as virtual church services can be helpful.

Avoid using alcohol as a way of coping. It can make your mood worse and can affect your judgement about keeping yourself and others safe from COVID-19.

It's normal to feel concerned about COVID-19 but if you are feeling overwhelmed with anxiety try to focus on the things you can control, such as where you get information from or asking for help with an assignment from your tutor.

Some people find relaxation techniques helpful.

Check out the resources section for sources of support.

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