Blog: How connecting with others has helped my mental wellbeing

Author, Anjali Kalairajah is a 2nd year Law student and Peer Mentor at the University of Liverpool.

In a time where my days are filled with Zoom meetings, I have often found myself not wanting to jump back onto Zoom for a social call. I think that for many of us, the pandemic has made us forget what it is to connect and communicate with family and friends.

However, I believe that it is so important to stay connected with those you love, as it can greatly improve your mental wellbeing. Having a social network can greatly improve your mood and generate positivity. It also allows you to talk about any negative feelings of recent issues that have come up in your life, instead of becoming isolated with your own emotions. It also gives me something to look forward to after a stressful day of university work, and really helps alleviate stress.

How am I doing this?

  • I always try to make my family group calls a little different each time. For example, sometimes we do quizzes, or games.
  • I check up on friends and family regularly. I often do this via text message, as sometimes we truly do not have time for hour-long calls. I try to be as realistic as possible with my time, and do not over-commit myself to calls that I am later unable to make or have to cut short
  • I send my family and friends care packages if I feel that they could use a ‘pick-me-up,’ or even just to remind them that I am here! They don’t have to be expensive, sometimes just a letter with some of their favourite snacks/treats is enough!

How can a Peer Mentor support students?

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Students have found this portal useful as peer support is invaluable. We can relate to your struggles and would love to help you in any way that we can.

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