ADVISORY FOR PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT & MENTAL HEALTH PROMOTION OF
UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE STUDENTS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND BEYOND
- Identify, Label and Accept Your Feeling:
It’s important to know and observe yourself to understand how your thoughts and
emotions are impacting you so that you know when to seek help
- Learn to Communicate Effectively:
Most of our life, we communicate with our self (self-talk) and this is dependent on the
tape that runs in our heads. If we do not make an effort to keep away from negative events and ideas, we are bound to communicate the same negativity to others through our
thoughts, mood and behaviour
- Connect and Interact with Your Family:
Share your concerns with anyone in your family and discuss your thoughts and concerns
freely. It is important to take other’s perspective too, to know if we are perceiving things
the way they are
- Ensure Balanced Diet and Nutritious Food:
Eat a healthy balanced diet and keep yourself well hydrated. Eating well is important for
both body and mind. Deficiency may show mood and sleep changes also. Therefore,
choose healthy and homemade food
- Set an Everyday Me-Time:
Work on strength-based skills for a living. Keep an eye on your areas of improvement but
do not let them override you
- Avoid Excessive Exposure to Media:
Double-check the news you read or hear. Avoid misleading news and rumours.
- Maintain A Routine and Take Care of Your Body:
Stick to a scheduled routine for sleep, study, recreation and nutrition.
Eat healthy and avoid excessive use of caffeine, alcohol, or other substances
- Infuse Some Variety Into Daily Activities Like:
Read a book of your interest
Stay connected with professors by email and keep up with classwork and
Monitor time spent on social media
Engage in or develop a hobby
- Identify Your Strengths:
Remind yourself that you have been through difficult times before and you have
accomplished many things. Think back to the difficult times in your life and your past
successes with compassion and an open heart and reflect on what you learned about your
- Check the university website often daily:
Visit the website regularly for any updates about exams, assignments or any assessment.
- Plan and define your work:
The change in the style of working to online mode may be a bit challenging for many of
us and the work environment not so suitable to our needs. However, we need to accept
the current way of working and plan our schedule to balance professional work and
- Use information wisely:
Each day is a chance to learn more. Schedule your daily activity and see what new
holistic information you can digest today. Boredom at times leads to addiction and related
- Stay well connected:
Update your students with all the latest information and guide them about the online
resources or any latest information being posted online about their academics, exams,
assignments etc. Ensure whatever information you disseminate goes through a single
platform and does not float through multiple channels of communication.
- Enquire students’ wellbeing on regular basis:
Ask your students from time to time about how they are feeling and if they need any help
for psychosocial support. Share with them the sources from which they can get help.
- Maintain a good lifestyle:
Too many changes in work schedule, work environment and managing tasks at home
while completing multiple assignments of work may be exhausting. Make sure you take
care of your own physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Work on social support:
Build rewarding connections with individuals and groups. Stay connected with your
family members however difficult it may seem.
- Encourage & empower:
Empower your students and others to seek help for distress and mental health support
without any stigma.
Source Credit : Manodarpan (MHRD)