Thursday – Connect (Wellbeing Week 2020)
Having good relationships, friendships and social connections with others is a key part of wellbeing. With lockdown, social distancing and isolation, we know that it can be harder than ever to stay connected, and this can have a negative impact on your mood and wellbeing. Try and think today about ways to reach out to others whilst maintaining social distance – we’ve got some suggestions below to get you started in thinking about new and creative ways to stay in touch.
Feeling stressed, anxious or low or just need a space to chat? Connect with others on Togetherall, an online community that offers support from professionals and other users 24/7. This is anonymous and free to access 24/7 for free by using your University of Brighton email address.
Brighton Students’ Union has over 100 societies which are all open to students. This is a great way to connect with like-minded people and share in an interest and passion together. Take a look at what events the society are running this week with many of them running online at this time.
Keep up to date with the University Community via our social media pages. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter where you’ll find the latest news from the University, stories celebrating out community and upcoming opportunities.
Your mental health and wellbeing is always our priority – and more than ever right now. If you feel you need some additional support, please speak with us as we have a wide range of support available. There’s lots of information about all of our wellbeing services on our webpage but your Student Support and Guidance Tutor can be a great person to connect with if you are unsure where to go. If you are in halls, why not speak with our Residential Life team who are here to provide support to all students in halls.
Virtual Meet Ups
In the absence of being able to meet with your friends and family at the moment, schedule in a regular catch up with you loved ones. There are loads of forums to do this, including WhatsApp, FaceTime, Zoom and Microsoft Teams. If you are feeling that your calls have become a little monotonous, why not try some of these ideas to bring some creativity to your chats:
- Dinner date – decide on a recipe that you would both like to try, get a video call going, and cook it together. You can enjoy a good catch up whilst you eat.
- Movie night – pick the film or movie of your choice and when you are both ready to start, press play at the same time so you can watch along together.
- Play a game – Charades or Pictionary work well via video calls. There are also a number of great games that you can log into and play online – why not get a group of friends together?
- Residential Life Quiz – If you live in halls then our wonderful Residential Life Team are there to support you. If you’re a Varley halls resident why not connect with your neighbours with this virtual quiz tonight? Check out their Facebook group to join in. There’s lots going on, including bingo, coffee mornings, competitions and more.
Reach out to someone
Whilst virtual hang outs are a good way to catch up instantly, there is something very personal and special about receiving personalised post. Write a card or letter to someone and you will make their day! It’s a great time to reach out to your neighbours as well – a note through their door or baking them a cake could be a great way to connect with them and give something back to your local community.
- Meetup – want to find people with similar interests to you? Meetup is a platform to meet new people, learn new things and pursue passions together. There are loads of Meetup Groups in Brighton and in Eastbourne with many of them offering socially distanced or online meets.
Are you interested in finding out about mindfulness and meditation or in continuing an already existing meditation practice? This wonderful course is a great way to meditate and connect with other students with a similar interest.
The Faith & Spirituality Team are offering six weeks of relaxed and friendly meditation drop-ins. Part theory, part practice, they will give you a chance to meditate, plus gain some insight into why it is a good thing.
- These classes will be led by an experienced meditation teacher.
- No experience necessary. All welcome. Free of charge.
- When: Thursdays 1:10pm – 1:50pm, 5 November – 10 December inclusive.
- Teams login for all six weeks: n0zwykg
- The class will be open 10 minutes before the start time. Please arrive a little early to have a chance to settle.
- Any queries, contact Sebastian Beaumont at firstname.lastname@example.org.