Set healthy boundaries with yourself and others
Boundaries serve an important role in our lives, especially when we are feeling anxious or experiencing a crisis.
Setting boundaries with yourself may look like:
- Limiting your consumption of news or social media
- Turning off notifications when you feel overwhelmed or need to focus
- Making time to engage in hobbies or focus on things that bring you joy
Setting boundaries with others may look like:
- Allowing yourself to say no or walk away from situations that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe
- Asking to change the topic of conversation away from current events or other topics that negatively impact your emotional health
Don’t fight your feelings
When we are experiencing a crisis or feeling overwhelmed, it can be difficult to process our feelings and emotions in a healthy way. Sometimes, we may want to shut down or “turn off” our feelings. However, it’s important to acknowledge that what you’re feeling is normal and it’s okay to feel however you’re feeling.
Journaling is a great way to explore and process your feelings, and move forward in a healthy and productive way. If you’re new to journaling, try setting a timer for 2-5 minutes to write. If you don’t fill the whole time that’s okay. If you’re unsure what to write about, try one of these prompts to get you started:
- What can I do to stay connected to others while practicing physical distancing?
- What am I learning about myself through this process?
- How can I make today a little bit better than yesterday?
- What do I want to spend my time doing more of?
- What has helped me through this process? What hasn’t?
Self-care is an important process for managing our mental health, though it may look different from person to person. Remember to set realistic goals and choose activities that you will enjoy and benefit from long-term. Even if you can’t commit a significant amount of time, a few minutes of self-care a day is better than none at all. Check out this article for a full list of self-care activities to try.
Find creative ways to stay connected
In the era of physical distancing, it can be challenging to stay connected with our friends and family. However, social connection is important in maintaining our mental health. Given current guidelines, we may need to change our scenery, try new activities or get creative about how we connect with others. You can also check out tips on how to find friends with similar interests.
Talk with someone
It’s okay to ask for help, even if it’s hard to do. Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) provides a number of services for students, including brief individual counseling, group therapy and Let’s Talk, which allows students to speak with a counselor for a free confidential consultation through video chat. Additional campus resources are listed below.