Our minds are imaginative, powerful and possess problem-solving prowess that allows our bodies to function at such high levels of complexity. Even with these as functioning characteristics of the human mind, we grapple at the emotions that have lasting effects on our lives. COVID-19 has been a stressful time for students, parents, children- essentially everyone. Coping with stress, anxiety, depression, and any other mental health concern is no small feat. The additive stress of susceptibility to disease, social distancing and online learning may have caused a decrease in your overall mental health or for a loved one. Although this is an unprecedented time in which the Corona Virus has been interrupting the lives of everyone, ways in which to tend to the overarching umbrella of mental health struggles can include the following:
- Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories
- Repeatedly hearing about the pandemic can be unhealthy for daily consumption
- Take care of your body
- Meditation, deep breathing exercises, physical activity, enjoying more sleep and eating well-balanced meals can help keep your physical being be at ease
- Try out a new hobby or take time to enjoy activities you like to do
- Stay connected
- If you’re struggling during this time chances are someone else too, so reach out to friends and family.
- Develop a daily routine if that combats lethargic behavior
- Having a set schedule can help you feel productive
- Tap into your emotions
- It is okay to feel sad some days. Allow yourself to address how you feel.
As beautiful and powerful as the mind can be, there are some things we have no control over that affect our mental state, including unforeseen circumstances. Some days may be harder than others to deal with when it comes to mental health, but that is okay. As a student, the pressure to perform in school and deal with mental health can be cumbersome. However, there are many outlets and support systems that can include friends, family and even professors. The importance of mental health can simply be to take things one day at a time.