Katie Thistleton and Vick Hope: What we learned in lockdown about wellbeing

This article was created on 16 March 2021

Earlier this year, presenters Katie Thistleton and Vick Hope presented a special Radio One Life Hacks podcast series Lockdown Wellbeing where they chatted to experts like Dr Radha and Dr Julie about how we can stay well in these uncertain times. We asked Katie and Vick to recap their top tips especially for Bitesize Support and they very kindly did! Here they are, with advice on study-life balance, motivation, sleep and creativity.

Study-life balance

We should be giving ourselves time for play and work... and trying to keep them separate.


You basically have to act motivated... and then the motivation follows!


You have to make sleep a priority.


Creativity... it's so, so good for your wellbeing... You don't have to be good at it... If you enjoy that creative hobby, just do it!

If you need support

You should always tell someone about the things you’re worried about. You can tell a friend, parent, guardian, teacher or other trusted adult. If you are struggling with your mental health, going to your GP can be a good place to start to find help. Your GP can let you know what support is available to you, suggest different types of treatment and offer regular check-ups to see how you’re doing.

If you are in need of in-the-moment support you can contact Shout 85258, a free, 24/7 text messenger support service for anyone in the UK. Text the word “SHOUT” or “YM” to 85258 to start a conversation.

There are more links to helpful organisations on BBC Action Line.

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