“Stress” is a word that college students know all too well, but as millions of students are sent home due to the coronavirus disease, stress levels are at an all-time high. Adjusting to online classes, managing family dynamics, and wrestling with job prospects can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are still many ways to cope with stress at home.
1. Maintain Routines
Develop a new routine to help you eat, sleep, stay active, and complete your assignments on a regular basis. People thrive with healthy habits. A routine will help you create a sense of normalcy and balance.
2. Dedicate Productive Space
People associate certain spaces with certain activities. Make sure to create a space especially for schoolwork. By doing this, you will be more productive and consistent.
3. Stay Social, Yet Apart
Don’t cut out interaction just because it is not face-to-face anymore. Keep up with friends through technology (chat, Facetime, or group calls). Social contact is needed now more than ever.
4. Pursue Hobbies
Consider pursuing a new hobby while at home. It’s never too late to learn something new. What’s something you’ve always wanted to learn but never had time? You can teach yourself almost anything with YouTube videos and tik tok videos.
5. Take A Break from Schoolwork
Feeling frustrated? Try taking a break. Walking away from a problem for a while can help you clear your mind.
6. Participate in a Digital Cleanse
Take a break from technology for at least an hour every day. Since the quarantine, many activities are dependent on technology -- and screen time has dramatically increased. Too much screen time can contribute to higher levels of stress. As hard as it is, put your technology down for a little bit each day.
7. Online Counseling
Counseling may be available to students through their college or insurance. As anxiety and stress issues continue to grow, many counselors are offering virtual sessions. Remember, mental health is important. There is no shame in reaching out for help.