Today's Update: Thursday, April 23

April 23, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, 

I can’t make up my mind if it seems like we’ve been in COVID reality for a long time or hardly any time at all. It’s been well over a month, and many of us are settling into a routine, whether we’re comfortable with it or not. 

This is a good time to do a re-set on self-care. Just because we’ve been doing this awhile doesn’t mean we aren't still processing the emotions and reactions that come with drastic change. Your thoughts today are likely not the same ones you had early in this process, so it’s important that you continue to do all you can for your well-being.  

Student Life’s Counseling and Consultation Service has a collection of self-care ideas that will help. Perhaps you started these practices but have eased off as time has passed. It is good to remind ourselves of ways to keep on top of our physical and mental health. 

1. Take care of your body
Go back to the basics: Drink water; eat healthy, balanced meals; aim to get eight hours of sleep each night.

2. Maintain or start a routine
Continue to shower, get dressed, eat breakfast or whatever you need to do to make it feel like a regular morning.

3. Set clear boundaries
Clearly tell others what you will and will not participate in and stick with that boundary. Limit time on phone and silent it at certain hours and remember to make and honor emotional boundaries, too. 

4. Be self-aware about social media 
Notice your experience on social media. How do you feel when you are scrolling through your feed? If it is an unwanted feeling, take a break and change how and when you’re using it.

5. Find enjoyable activities outside of work
Set aside time to enjoy hobbies unrelated to your academic work. Find an activity that allows you to relax and slow down, like yoga, painting or journaling.

6. Physical activity
Talk a walk, dance in your apartment or check out Recreational Sport’s Group Fitness Live class schedule to get your workout in from home.

7. Spend time with animals and nature
Not everything is COVID-19 or work. Surround yourself with things that can remind you of the peace that exists.

8. Celebrate the small successes
Keep a journal of proud moments and remind yourself that you are working toward a goal and you are closer every day.

9. Create time for spiritual connection if that’s important to you
This could mean tuning in for a weekly yoga class, attending an online religious service or even reflecting on the beauty of nature. Find something meaningful that feels good to your spirit and make it a practice.

10. Find connection
It is vital to have social support. Send a text to a friend or schedule a Zoom date for a few times per week to stay connected. You are not alone. 

Take care of yourself. And stay Scarlet and Great!  

Melissa