Surviving College During the Pandemic
Online classes, the challenges involved in meeting new people, anxiety about spreading the virus, worrying about friends and loved ones and isolation has been a life altering adjustment for all students. That is not to say that adjustment was impossible-we’ve all been able to find “a new normal. When the pandemic hit it hit hard. We are here with you. With that said, here are some tips that will help you survive college during the pandemic:
1. Spend time with those around you and/or find a support group
It is important to have a strong support system. While maintaining social interaction can not only revive some normalcy in that regard, you will also naturally feel happier, safer and less alone, especially during this time. When it feels like the world is falling apart, just know that even a couple minutes of social interaction can be a great, proven boost for your mental and emotional wellbeing. So make sure that you are fulfilling your social needs and getting the opportunity to maintain connections, meet new people and explore yourself and the world. Spend time with your close friends, join a club, volunteer, call your loved ones as much as you can!
2. Engage in Self-Care
The weight of college life on top of the pandemic can truly take a toll on one’s mind, body & soul. Focusing on self-care can strengthen your mental health, which in turn will help you reach your goals.
Deep breathing helps calm your body which in turn can help lower your anxiety. 4/7/8 breathing is a great example of deep breathing. You can learn more about it here.
Make Time for Yourself
While you are filling up your social battery, take some time alone to reflect on your day and goals for the present and future. Write down your thoughts in a journal, meditate or take a warm, relaxing bath. You can learn plenty about yourself, your strengths and weaknesses and ways to cope with negative feelings in these moments.
Drink plenty of water
Drinking the optimal amount of water (which is about 15.5 cups for men and 11.5 cups for women) can help you reduce stress, maintain energy, strengthen your immune system, improve digestion and even reduce the risk of depression and anxiety in adults!
Take your Vitamins and Minerals
Taking care of your vitamin, mineral and nutrition intake can make a difference in your overall physical and mental wellbeing. Research suggests that low Vitamin D and magnesium levels are associated with anxiety & depression. B vitamins, including B6, B9 and B12 play a role in regulating neurotransmitters associated with our mood. To learn even more about the mental health benefits of vitamin and nutrition intake, check out this article!
Get Plenty of Rest
Getting 6-8 hours of sleep will not only keep you awake throughout the day, but also productive and active as well. The more you know you can and will accomplish throughout the day, the more confident and positive you will feel!
Go to Therapy
Finding support through therapy is a form of self care. Anxiety and depression are at an all time high in college students. Therapy can help you manage your stress and teach you coping skills to navigate our ‘new normal.’ Reach out now to schedule a free consultation! You can call us at 217-731-4638 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org