4 Summary of Session 1
That is the end of Session 1. During this session you have:
- reflected on the existing skills and resources you have for coping with change
- listened to the experiences of others who faced lockdown in the past and the advice they can offer
- considered different ways of adjusting to this ‘new normal’
- learned about the educational experiences of Open University students in British and Irish prisons during the years in conflict.
In Session 2 you will hear more from David and Michael on learning to live in a ‘new normal’. Drawing on their experiences, you will explore practical ways in which you can begin to structure and manage your time and space to regain some control over your life.
Protecting your mental health and wellbeing
Many of us will experience slight increases in anxiety in situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, or we may feel that mood is a bit lower than usual. Both may be considered to be normal reactions to the dramatic change in circumstances, brought about by COVID-19 and the lockdown. However, if you experience a significant increase in your levels of anxiety, or if you notice that your mood feels much lower than usual, you should take action to safeguard your mental health. Consider these points of contact:
- Your GP. Most GPs are currently offering telephone or online appointments, so you can talk to your GP without going to the surgery. They can provide information about possible medication and about counselling.
- A counsellor. Many counselling agencies and private practitioners are currently offering online and telephone support. You can use a Google search to help find counsellors in your area.
- A telephone helpline. If life feels like a struggle, or if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, it can be good to talk to someone and helplines can offer valuable support.
You can now go to Session 2.