COVID-19 and Emotional Well-Being
Practice self-care. Reach out for support.
- COVID-19 has become a source of stress for most people and for many reasons. It is common to feel increased fear, worry and anxiety; to experience difficulty concentrating or changes in sleep or eating patterns; or to experience a worsening of physical or mental health symptoms.
- Your mental and emotional health and your physical health are linked. It is just as important to take care of your emotional well-being as it is your physical well-being.
What You Can Do
- Focus on the basics:
- Sleep at least 7 hours per night.
- Move your body for at least 150 minutes per week.
- Eat well by emphasizing whole foods (fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc.) and hydrate.
- Get outside in nature for at least 120 minutes per week.
- Be kind to yourself. Practice self-compassion. It’s okay (and important!) to take breaks.
- Practice physical distancing, but stay socially connected. Maintain positive social connections that make you feel good.
- Seek out information from reliable sources. Take social media breaks.
- You are not alone. Reach out for support if you are having trouble caring for yourself.
- Health & Wellness offers Wellness Counseling and Coaching as well as programming and events to help you learn healthy ways to cope with stress and regain balance in your wellness.
- Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) offers individual and group counseling options, along with the PACS Virtual Care Package.
- Professors, academic mentors, and the Center for Academic Resources can help you plan for academic success even in times of stress and uncertainty.