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COVID-19: Support Your Wellness

A student resource guide to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Self-Care

Connect

Realizing that your day-to-day life has changed and may change even more in the future, remember that you can still stay connected.  Feeling disconnected from friends and family is normal.  Even if you feel good now, we recommend that you take a proactive approach to your wellness and plan to stay connected.

CONNECTING

Reach out:

  • Plan virtual dates or social time.  Maybe you plan to cook at the same time or eat a meal together over Skype, have a coffee break together, or play a board game online.
  • Useful platforms include Skupe, Zoom, WhatsApp, Discord, and FaceTime.
  • Help your older family members reach out.  AARP offers some tips here.

WARM LINES

WA Warm Line is a peer support help line for people living with emotional and mental health challenges. Calls are answered by specially-trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental health challenges. They have a deep understanding of what you are going through and are here to provide emotional support, comfort, and information. All calls are confidential.

877-500-WARM

For a list of warmlines by state, please visit www.warmline.org.

 

 

Practice Social Distancing

Social Distancing Rhino

Self-Care

SLEEP

Sleep is the best tool in your toolbox for staying healthy.

  • Bedtime: set a bedtime and stick to it. Try to see if you can go to bed at the same time each night. 

  • Screentime: limit screen time before going to bed and do not use your phone, computer, or TV while falling asleep. 

  • Caffeine: reduce caffeine consumption before bed

  • Your Bed: try to limit using your bed for studying or watching TV.

EXERCISE

Just because your gym or athletic center is closed does not mean you should forego exercise.  In fact, exercising while practicing social distancing and being under quarantine can help you to keep fit and healthy.

  • Free workouts here.

  • Free workout apps here.

  • Well & Good: 95 free workouts
  • YMCA360
  • Yoga with Adriene

UNWIND

We are all experiencing a great deal of stress and uncertainty.  Try to make time to relax as much as possible.

  • Find natural light: enjoy some time sitting by a window or outdoors to soak up the sun and some vitamin D.

  • Take a shower or soak in a tub.

  • Meditate.

  • Try the App "Calm."

  • Check out www.headspace.com.

  • Watch a movie, read a book, play a game.

  • Revisit coloring, with an adult coloring book.

Keep Track of Time

Having a sense of time passing can make help with anxiety while social distancing.

  • Keep a clock or calendar on hand.

  • Orient yourself towards windows so that you will be exposed to the natural progress of the sun and time passing.

  • Plan a schedule for each day.  Use time blocking strategies.

Addressing Worries and Fears

It is common to feel increased worry and fear in response to health crises. Often, the uncertainty regarding what will happen can increase fears and worry. Below are some resources to help manage stress. If you find that your worry leads to feeling that you may hurt yourself or others call 911. 

Finding Purpose

Distancing from others and staying home may make it difficult to feel like you are contributing. Sometimes, it can even make people feel like they lack a sense of purpose. Volunteering to help others in need can help to relieve some of these feelings of hopelessness. If you are interested in helping or volunteering consider the following organizations:

 

American Red Cross

The cancelation of almost all events and gathering, including blood drives, has resulted in a shortage of blood supplies nationwide. To give blood, go to redcross.org.

Meals on Wheels

The nationwide group that delivers meals to the elderly is seeking volunteers as some cities and states enact tough restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. To work with local programs, go here for more information.

Feeding America 

The nationwide organization is seeking donations to fund its network of food banks. More than half of its soup kitchens and food pantries are staffed entirely by volunteers. To give your time, click here.

No Kid Hungry

In response to the pandemic and the closure of schools throughout the country, No Kid Hungry is accepting donations to provide meals to children. Donate here.