WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU DURING COVID-19
One way to prepare is to familiarize yourself with the symptoms and precautions related to COVID-19 from the CDC. Having a basic understanding of the virus, symptoms, how it spreads and who is at risk can help answer questions that you may have. If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19, refer to CDC guidelines.
Online screening tools, like these from the CDC can be helpful first steps for students who are considering whether or not to speak with a medical professional about symptoms. Remind students that following preventative measures, like hand washing and social distancing, is the best way to stay safe and healthy.
As colleges shift to online learning for the remainder of the semester, we know many students are unsure about their educational future, as well as their access to healthcare.
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SELF-CARE TIPS FROM mental health experts:
1. Maintain connections
Social distance doesn’t have to mean social isolation if you connect with family and friends through technology. Set up a time to regularly connect with friends, classmates and family members with a video call. Seeing a friendly face can be a huge boost to your day.
2. Take care of your body
As best you can, eat healthy meals, exercise regularly and get plenty of sleep. Keeping your body healthy is a critical part to keeping your mind healthy, too.
3. Take a break from the news and social media
You can stay aware of important updates by checking in from time-to-time, but don’t overdo it with continuous updates that feed into fear and anxiety.
4. Pamper yourself
Check out these budget-conscious ideas from Forbes.
5. Go outdoors
Commit to getting outdoors and moving for at least an hour every day if possible. Getting a breath of fresh air can make a difference.
6. Stick with a daily meditation practice
The physical benefits of meditation include decreased blood pressure and lower levels of anxiety, as well as a healthier immune system overall. Try some of the various free apps, podcasts and YouTube videos to help you get started.
7. Give yourself permission to cry
At some point, you may feel sad, disheartened or even hopeless. Give yourself permission to feel these emotions fully to release any pain, and help see the sun through the clouds once again.
When it comes to self-care, the methods and practices are up for individual interpretation. Below are a few simple ways to implement regular self-care practices:
Eat a balanced diet.
It’s no secret that if you eat foods full of sugar and fat, or foods that provide limited nutritional value, it will catch up with you. You may feel sluggish, which can limit your ability to efficiently complete daily tasks, and in turn can lead to additional stress.
Move your body.
Whether it’s a vigorous workout class or a leisurely walk around campus, experts agree that moving your body is proven to improve your mood through the release of endorphins, reduces overall stress and increases energy. Take a look at exercise classes offered on campus and ask a friend to join you. Your body will thank you!
Get enough sleep.
When it comes to better sleep, the Mayo Clinic encourages sticking to a sleep schedule, avoiding daytime naps and creating a relaxing environment away from screens and other distractions.
Know when to ask for help.
Being a college student can be stressful and overwhelming, but it’s ok to ask for help. You can reach out to a friend or family member for advice, or reach out to one of the numerous resources on campus.
Ultimately, the goal of encouraging self-care practices is to enhance an individual’s overall health and wellness. Listen to yourself, and don’t be afraid to make your needs a priority.
Signs of drug and/or alcohol abuse in students include:
- Lack of interest in class and other activities
- Negative change in academic performance
- Weight fluctuations
- Withdrawing from friends or acting secretive
- Unexplained changes in behavior or personality
- Mood swings, depression or irritability
If you suspect that a student may be abusing drugs or alcohol, steps can be taken to provide support. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) offers resources for peers, parents and educators to provide support for individuals struggling with drug and alcohol abuse. SAMHSA also has a 24/7/365 hotline to provide information. Support groups and counseling aid in recovery, identify triggers to avoid and develop action plans for these triggers.
On-campus healthcare resources can also support students who need help. And campuses with 24/7 telehealth services may also have access to mental health support via virtual care. In any situation, it’s important to know what campus resources are available to support student success and engagement.