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7 PitStop Tips for Your Mental Wellbeing

By practising these 7 tips daily, it will enhance your mental wellbeing and productivity of your student life during the circuit breaker and beyond!


Although exams are done and the holidays have started, the COVID-19 situation is still evolving. OSA introduces tips about stress management and self care based on our 7 PitStop principles. By practising the tips below you will enhance your mental wellbeing and productivity all year round.

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Personal Skills

During COVID-19, there are many things that can distract and discourage you. Follow a regular routine, organise your tasks daily, practice mindful breathing to reduce anxiety and focus on the positive things. Take a profiling test, explore self improvement skills and appreciate yourself better. Explore self improvement skills. Check out some useful tips below.

Online MOOCs
Health Hub - Resources to be well
Evidence-based mindfulness & stress reduction resources
16 Personality Traits testing
Free Strengths test

Breathing exercise to ease anxiety

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Interaction

It's important to stay connected with family & friends. Consider making daily calls to check in on them. Having emotional support from friends and family during this period is great for your wellbeing. We all have the capacity to be kinder, extend more grace and be patient - so let’s do that together!

Scribbl - Online multiplayer drawing game
Scattergories - Online word guessing game
Social Interaction Is Critical for Mental and Physical Health - The New York Times
The Light | Be Strong Singapore, Keep Up the Good Fight
Ideas for Staying Connected in this Time of Social Distancing

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Timeout

While at home, why not learn a new skill, hobby or recipe? Try relaxing through music or craftwork. Add humour to your daily life, laughter is great for the soul! Also, there are plenty of online movies and games to play. Remember to play in moderation! For timeout, also try the following.

Painting Therapy for Beginners 
Bullet Journaling for Beginners
NLB e-books resources for wellbeing
21 Things to do at home to stay away from crowds
8 DIY coffee recipes
Bored at Home? Amazing Virtual Tours Offered

Doodle for fun!
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Sleep

Be sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep every night so you can feel refreshed in the morning and have a productive day.

Sleeping Tips & Tricks
Calming music playlist
Sleep on Spotify

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Thoughtful Eating

It's easy to crave unhealthy snacks and eat more frequently while spending longer periods at home during the circuit breaker period. Try to have healthier options when grocery shopping. Drink at at least 2 litres of water and avoid alcohol & nicotine. See below to find more options for thoughtful eating.

19 Healthy Eating Habits to Adopt in the New Year
5 easy and healthy meal prep recipes
My healthy plate campaign

Easy DIY infused water recipes

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On the Move

With more time online, it's important to take a break from the screen and get some physical exercise. Exercise releases endorphins which will improve your sense of wellbeing.  Try having at least 30 min of exercise in the room daily. It would be great for you to spend some time outdoors if possible with adherence to current health advisory.

Les Mills BodyJam workouts
Les Mills Body Combat workouts
Yoga workouts for core training and stretching
Sports advice from Decathalon
30mins workout by Zumba
ActiveSG Recommendations

 Kpop workouts
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Purpose

Research has shown that giving and volunteering provide people a sense of purpose and satisfaction. Do not hesitate to support others in need. This is also a good time to reflect on your purpose in life and find meaning. Some people find applying faith and spirituality helpful in providing them with direction.

Volunteer Opportunities
Meaning and Purpose and the Motivation to Be Well
SG United

Practise all 7 tips daily to maximize your wellbeing and productivity. 


Where to Seek Help

If you are experiencing persistent low mood, anxiety attacks, sleep disturbance and/ or irritability, please seek help from:

·       Hall Master/ Residential Fellow              

·       24-hr NUS Lifeline: 6516 7777

·       University Counselling Services: 6516 2376

·       Student WellnessOSAcares@nus.edu.sg

·       Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) 24-hr: 1800-221 4444

·       CHAT: 6493 6500, CHAT@mentalhealth.sg

·       E-counselling for Youths: eC2.sg