Even though our students aren’t on campus, Julie the nurse has still been busy, keeping in touch with students and families to do everything she can to preserve their physical and mental health.
Making regular phone calls to families and being available to answer questions and queries, Julie is also available to students who need to talk about their health.
Our resident Physical Therapist, Pete, is also in touch with students to make sure they continue with exercises and routines whilst away from College. Pete is also a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner and has been supporting students with relaxation strategies to use.
Alejandro has been working with Pete via video link whilst Corey and Toby have been doing their exercises with their sister at home in their new pool.
Jack has been following his programme at home doing 15 press ups, 50 squats, 25 mountain climbers and the dreaded plank for 2 minutes! He is loving the challenge!
Julie’s Breathing Exercise for Stress
This calming breathing technique for stress, anxiety and panic takes just a few minutes and can be done anywhere. You will get the most benefit if you do it regularly, as part of your daily routine. You can do it standing up, sitting in a chair that supports your back, or lying on a bed or yoga mat on the floor.
Make yourself as comfortable as you can. If you can, loosen any clothes that restrict your breathing.
If you’re lying down, place your arms a little bit away from your sides, with the palms up. Let your legs be straight, or bend your knees so your feet are flat on the floor.
If you’re sitting, place your arms on the chair arms.
If you’re sitting or standing, place both feet flat on the ground. Whatever position you’re in, place your feet roughly hip-width apart.
- Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it
- Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth
- Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from 1 to 5. You may not be able to reach 5 at first
- Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from 1 to 5 again, if you find this helpful
- Keep doing this for 3 to 5 minutes
Try Julie’s relaxation audio recording she has made for students are are feeling the lockdown pressure