Staying healthy in times of Corona
Earlier we have given advice on how to succeed with your distance studies, and we hope they came in handy. Now that establishments and society is shutting down, and people are encouraged to keep a distance, we’re focusing on your health.
Sweden has the world’s highest degree of people living by themselves, so there could be lots of lonely people out there. Many are cut off from their families, siblings and/or close friends.
Here are a few tips on how to deal with the loneliness, anxiety or frustration that Corona has brought, and how the virus has changed and continues to change everyday life.
Continue to exercise and enjoy the outdoors
- Try to maintain your regular workout schedule, even if the race or game you looked forward to has been cancelled. You will feel better both physically and mentally and your study performance will improve.
- Tired of your usual walking and/or jogging round? Check out https://naturkartan.se/en where you find new areas to explore when social distancing has become the new norm. If you live in Kalmar, browse: https://www.kalmar.com/en/outdoor and https://kalmar.se/uppleva-och-gora/natur-friluftsliv-och-parker/natur–och-friluftsomraden.html for inspiration.
- Is your regular gym closed or you prefer to not go there? Here are some exercises where you use the outdoors as a gym! The website is in Swedish only, but since there are images and videos we believe the site is useful for everyone. Don’t forget to warm up first! https://utbildning.sisuidrottsbocker.se/sisu/Traningsserien/pw/outdoor-training
- Search the web for public art. Among other things, the municipality of Kalmar has listed their artworks and many are outdoors. You can then have goals with your walks.
- Lunch yoga with the Student Health office! Every Wednesday at 12.30 the student health office offers lunch yoga over Zoom. The link can be found here: https://lnu-se.zoom.us/j/163450007
Choose media wisely and don’t get too caught up
- Decide a time of day when you read news from credible sources, and avoid only browsing social media. Use the rest of your day for other things.
- Don’t trust us? According to the World Health Organization there’s an “infodemic” going on, and misleading information about the corona virus is spreading fast. The WHO is cooperating with What’s App to ensure access to reliable sources of information: https://www.whatsapp.com/coronavirus/who
Don’t stop socializing – do it digitally
- IT makes it possible to socialize almost like usual, without being in same geographical area as one’s friends. Set up your phone or computer to have a dinner party with your friends, a ”fika” with a parent or to watch TV with your siblings. Why not call an old relative who’s in self-quarantine?
- You don’t need to skip tonight’s movie just because your friends are scattered around around campus or the world. Download Netflix Party to watch movies and TV-series together instead. It is possible to chat during the show, and if one of you need to leave for a while it can be paused for everyone. No one can continue to watch and spoil it for the rest of you!
- Just because you can’t travel doesn’t mean you can’t experience! The Google Arts & Culture app lets you visit 500 museums virtually. For example, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris. Bring a friend by visiting the same museum at the same time, then call the friend and talk about the impressions.
Need someone to talk to?
- If you get stuck thinking negative thoughts there is help to get and people to turn to. Linnaeus University’s Student Welfare Office offers coaching and counselling. They are open for phone consultations and possibly physical visits as well. Read more at https://lnu.se/en/student/service-and-support/student-welfare/ where they also suggest other types of health care.
Want to help out?
- There’s currently no organized way of helping students in quarantine on campuses in Kalmar and Växjö, but the Red Cross is looking for volunteers to help people in quarantine. If you understand a bit of Swedish visit https://www.rodakorset.se/engagera-dig/
- There’s also a group called Äldrehjälpen where people can sign up if they need help or want to help others: https://www.facebook.com/groups/208754836883633/
- Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty
- Greater Good’s Guide to Well-Being During Coronavirus