Managing your Wellbeing during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Service operation and contacts

The Disability, Dyslexia/SpLD, Counselling, Chaplaincy and Welfare teams are offering support remotely to students.

We have put together these web pages as a resource for students during these difficult times. We will be updating these pages regularly - please do let us know if you have a resource which you think would be helpful to share with others.This first page includes general information about managing your wellbeing - see the menu above for more

Mind has an excellent resource on Wellbeing and coronavirus

Structure and Planning

Though the rest of this page is organised around the '5 ways to Wellbeing', we have added a sixth, which seems particularly important in these difficult times. For most of us, our usual routines, structures and plans have been thrown in the air; this is particularly true for students.


Even though we need to maintain social distancing in order to protect ourselves and others, it is more important than ever to stay connected with others.

  • This might involve staying in touch with the people you usually do, but in different ways - phone, email, online chat, etc. In our teams, we're getting used to meeting via google hangouts.

  • Many groups and activities have set up online alternatives for now, with lots of new groups springing up all the time. There are suggestions of how to set up a remote book group, but this idea could apply to anything. There are suggestions from the Guardian and the Metro for social and/or free online gaming. And of course, there is always

  • We can also stay connected to people indirectly, eg through radio and podcasts, or just being aware of those passing by (in a socially distanced way, of course).

  • This is a good article on coping with being apart (and together, in different situations).

  • Stay connected through Brookes Union 'Isolation Station' - for this and more see


Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy. Again, this may be particularly true in these difficult times. Supporting others can provide focus and structure. Please bear in mind specific guidelines on self-isolation and social distancing and your own personal situation when planning to help others.

Take Notice

Being in the moment and noticing the world around you can have a significant impact on your mental health. Of course, in isolated and separated times, this needs to be done differently. There are loads of examples and ideas online, but we particularly like:

  • And ... get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature in your life as you can.

Keep Learning

It can be especially hard right now to find focus for moments of learning. But learning can again provide structure and focus, as well as improve your self-esteem and connection with others.

Where you are able to, keep going with your study plans for this semester, working towards the new deadline of 24th April, and the online exams. Use the suggestions in our 'Structure and Planning' section.

  • Keep your brain occupied and challenged. Set aside time in your routine for this. Read books, magazines and articles. Listen to podcasts, watch films and do puzzles.

  • Brookes libraries are closed but support is available online through the website.They have a specific page for resources during COVID-19, including access to new resources not usually available. Some local libraries have apps you can use to borrow ebooks, audiobooks or magazines from home for free.

  • FutureLearn and OpenLearn have free online courses you could try - brush up on skills or try something completely different.

  • One amazing way to get involved with research is through Zooniverse. It's basically crowdsourced research - projects that need lots of data work eg a wildlife park in Africa, where motion sensor cameras take pictures and you go through identifying the animals.

  • An amazing source of brilliant 'boredom busting resources' is (no link as unpublished, but highly recommended).

  • The MARCH network has a page of links to creative, home-based resources

Be Active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety, and helps us cope in difficult times. Yet is can be really hard to find the space, motivation and energy to exercise in a time of self-isolation and social distancing.

  • There are loads of online exercise classes out there. Aimed at school children, but a great way for anyone to start their day is The Body Coach's PE class.

  • Down dog are offering their Yoga, HIIT and Barre apps for free until May so you can get active at home.

  • There are loads of other free online classes listed on Good Housekeeping . A great chance to try things which you normally have to pay for ... And lots of inspiration and cheap home workout ideas on This Girl Can.

  • Brookes Sport have uploaded some workout videos to their youtube channel and are offering free personal training sessions