COPING WITH STRESS, ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Mental health can be directly impacted in times of uncertainty and social isolation. These tips may help ease these feelings:
- EXERCISE: Finding time to work in 30 minutes of exercise three-to-five times a week can improve mood, confidence and keep your mind occupied.
- SOOTHING BEHAVIORS: Rubbing the palms of your hands is a low intensity stimulation that activates the sensory neurons in the hands and releases oxytocin (a “feel-good” hormone).
- MINDFULNESS: Taking a moment to recognize your breath and body during meditation can improve how you are feeling. Numerous smartphone apps help facilitate this exercise.
— Counselor Education and Supervision program, College of Education, Health and Human Services