Mental health tips as we battle COVID 19
During this pandemic, it is critical that we manage our mental health effectively. The Student Affairs has been active in guiding our students, staff and clients on how to go about this. You can use the following tips as you observe social distance and take care of yourself.
• Break up your day — Find tasks to break up your day and where possible, change your environment for different activities.
• Create a routine — Change out of your pajamas, shower and make a to-do list of all the things you want to achieve each day to create a sense of productivity.
• Help others —Find ways to support those in need by offering to run errands and collect supplies for them. Check on neighbors or people in your community who may need some your help.
NOTE: Working together as a community helps create solidarity in addressing COVID-19.
• Take care of your body — Eat healthy, get plenty of sleep and exercise daily. Conduct indoor workout classes in stretching and practicing meditation. Use helpful coping strategies and avoid the use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
• Limit media intake — Stay informed about the situation via reliable sources, but limit your news and social media intake to avoid feeling overwhelmed.
• Fight boredom — Make the most of catching up on documentaries, read and explore projects you have been putting off to beat boredom and stay mentally active.
• Avoid burnout — Set strict limits to your work to avoid becoming overwhelmed and make time to unwind.
• Focus on the positives — Amplify good news stories and honour caregivers working tirelessly to resolve the situation.
• Take one day at a time — Try not to project too far into the future. Remember that this is temporary.
• Seek help- Do not hesitate to seek help when you feel overwhelmed. Connect to others, see your doctor or mental health professional or contact us for an online psychological/counseling assistance on firstname.lastname@example.org