The changes in our everyday life as a result of the coronavirus go well beyond academics. Disruptions of this kind can create excessive and unhealthy levels of stress. We urge you to take time out of your day for YOU. Practice self-care to reduce stress and to support good emotional and mental health.
Below is a list of self-care suggestions and resources to support your overall well-being.
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Additional ways to stay connected
Use social media, email, phone calls and video tools to stay connected with family and friends. Some common video tools are Skype, Facetime, Google Hangouts, and WhatsApp.
Call a friend if youíre feeling anxious or overwhelmed.
Take time out of your day to check on others who may need emotional support during this time.
Host a Netflix Party. Netflix subscribers can link up with family and friends and host a long-distance movie night.
Manage your stress by being mindful about certain parts of your day that you might otherwise take for granted. Being mindful in your actions is key.
Keep Busy! Try to develop a routine like your normal day. This may include scheduling time to complete work and school responsibilities, prepare and eating meals and household chores.
Take a News Break! Constant exposure to unsettling news on TV and social media can cause anxiety and stress. Try to limit the amount of time you expose yourself to news about COVID-19.
Donít dismiss your feelings! Acknowledging that you are stressed is the first step towards dealing with it. Learn the Signs and Symptoms of Stress and additional coping strategies.
Be Prepared! Take practical steps to protect you and your family. Learn more tips here: CDC Preparedness.
Make healthy choices: Good self-care includes healthy eating, regular exercise and getting adequate sleep. Try to avoid excessive use of alcohol and other unhealthy substances. Maintain a healthy routine using some of the tips and resources below:
Engage in healthy activities to help you relax. Rereading your favorite book, taking a quick walk around the neighborhood, stretching, taking a hot bubble bath or shower and coloring are some examples of easy ways to help you relax. Below are a few other resources to help you and your family relax.
EkhartYoga: Offers online meditation and yoga classes
Lone Star College Counseling Services: Lone Star College counselors are masterís level counseling professionals who are trained to assist you in meeting your academic, career and personal goals. Change, stress and personal growth are all elements of the college experience. We are dedicated to helping you succeed through a variety of services.
Communities in Schools of Houston: Students at LSC-North Harris have access to professional counselors through Communities in Schools of Houston who help connect students to the services they need.
CARE for Completion: LSC CARE for Completion is here to help students with lifeís basic needs so students can focus on achieving their academic goals.