Tips for Coping During Uncertain Times

With the uncertainty of concerns related to the Coronavirus, things are ever changing. It is important to remember to care for ourselves during these times, and of course, continue to maintain social distancing and washing our hands.

  • Do your best to eat healthy and balanced meals. Include plenty of healthy fruits, vegetables and protein.

  • Get moving! Try a new home exercise or yoga video on YouTube, or better yet, get outside and go for a walk, run or hike.

  • Get plenty of rest. Try to keep a regular sleep routine and get to bed at the same time every night.

  • Keep a regular schedule of coursework and plan ahead for assignments to stay on track. Ask for assistance from professors if you need it, especially if you are struggling with adjusting to remote courses.

  • Practice coping skills such as breathing exercises, meditation, or yoga to reduce worry. Kent State of Wellness is offering daily online meditation sessions during this period. A simple search on YouTube also will turn up a variety of options.

  • Stay connected. Text, call, and consider using apps like FaceTime, Zoom or Skype to stay connected when physically apart from friends.

  • Seek support. While many counseling centers are not conducting in-person appointments, telehealth services are now available to all throughout the state of Ohio. University Psychological Services can be reached at 330-672-2487 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to schedule an appointment. More information can be found at https://www.kent.edu/psych. If you have returned home and would feel more comfortable seeking services through a counseling center within your community, a simple Google search will let you know what services may be available in your area. When calling to make an appointment remember to leave a message with your name and contact information as staff may be working from home so they may only be returning calls. Once in contact with a counseling center they will explain individual policies and procedures for receiving telehealth counseling through their agency.

POSTED: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:12am
UPDATED: Monday, April 13, 2020 - 11:12am
WRITTEN BY:
Bethanie Mauerman, Licensed Professional Counselor, doctoral student, Health Education and Promotion, and Kent State of Wellness Student Ambassador