Coronavirus and Student Mental Health Post 1
updated: Mar. 19, 2020
Here is what I am hearing a lot from students whose classes were abruptly changed to online mode “I am bored and even though I am trying to stay calm I can’t get away from the news.” With a little bit of hard work, you can pause your intake of news now that you are forced to stay home by limiting your time on social media.
According to me, the situation is not ideal but here are some of the benefits of online classes: You can record your lectures, pause and rewind them in real time, and take notes without feeling rushed to do it all at the same time. For some of you, you are saving the time of getting to class too.
Here are some things you can do to manage stress resulting from your school being closed:
- Try to maintain a daily routine. Create a schedule for your day to complete assignments and testing while making sure to put time in your schedule for breaks and other activities.
- Assign a designated work area in your house or apartment.
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
- Take care of your body by eating healthy, well-balanced meals, as best as you can.
- Make time to unwind and listen to your favorite playlist.
- This is a perfect time for you to take a walk outside in Arizona’s spring weather, or wherever home is for you at the moment. The wildflowers are everywhere and inviting you to be outside.
- Stay connected with your family and friends. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call my office at 480-838-4300 for an appointment if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
Check in with me here in a few days and I will keep you posted on the current Coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and ways you can take care of your mental health during these challenging times.