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COVID-19 and your mental health
During these unprecedented times, it’s important to establish solid selfcare and wellness
practices that can help you throughout the semester and even your entire life. It
can be challenging trying to balance your normal routine or create a new routine that
complies with safety regulations. To help you develop healthy habits and learn healthy
ways to address mental health during these unsure times, we’ve provided a guide to
help lead your mental health in the right direction:
- Don’t forget the basics! Although there is a lot happening in the world, it’s necessary to remember your everyday
routine and habits. Getting enough sleep, keeping a good and constant diet and including
occasional exercise are easy ways to improve your mood and well-being.
- Limit news and social media viewing. It is important to stay informed about current events, but constant exposure to news
about COVID and other things taking place in the world may cause more distress. Consider
checking updates only once or twice a day and find credible resources to avoid incorrect
information. If you constantly receive news updates or other distracting notifications,
turn those off or modify the type of notifications to receive.
- Think about the good and show gratitude. Even on the worst of days, there is always something that you will be grateful for,
even if it’s small. Consider making it a goal to write down something that you are
grateful for at the start or end of each day.
- Stay connected…virtually! Technology is pretty amazing. There are plenty of platforms that allow you and your
friends to play games or interact with each other virtually. Continuing to socialize
with others can help ease your stress and is necessary for your overall health.
- HouseParty is a video chat app that has built-in games to play with up to 8 people at once.
- Psych! is a clever party game that consists of various categories where the participants
make up answers for actual trivia questions.
- Maintain and Make Friendships. Retaining friendships and relationships is important during these times of increased
isolation. However, making friends can be challenging for new students.
If you are having difficulty making friends get involved on campus! While campus involvement certainly looks different this year, participating in virtual organization meetings or attending virtual or socially distanced events can help you connect with others who have similar interests. This may also be an important time for you to stay connected with high school friends by scheduling weekly zoom hangouts or using virtual apps like the ones discussed previously.
- Utilize Resources. If you are struggling with everything that is going on in the world and aren’t quite
sure how to process your feelings, make an appointment with Tech’s Counseling Center. Tech’s staff of trained counselors is here to support you with whatever you may
be experiencing. Schedule an appointment through the Eagle Wellness Portal or try out their new self-guided therapy app, WellTrack, along with many other recommended apps for both iPhone and Android!