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As we spend more time at home, it’s important to practice self-care, make time for fun and remain hopeful. Here are a few things you can do to make it through September.

 Stay active

Join your favorite Rec Center instructors for free live virtual workouts each week. No Be Fit Pass is required to join. Simply register to attend with your identikey or work out at your own pace with pre-recorded options.

 Get some fresh air

Schedule time to get outside, enjoy the fresh air and soak up some vitamin D. Just remember if you choose to exercise outdoors during this time, you must do it alone, practice physical distancing and wear a mask at all times. Even taking a quick walk around the block can be a great way to improve your mood, stress levels and motivation.

 Take a break

Not everything you do has to be directly related to school or a side hustle 24/7. Make time to get back into your hobbies, whether it’s reading, drawing, dancing, playing games, making music or watching your favorite shows. Looking for a new hobby? Student Affairs has created a comprehensive list of virtual events and activities to try while at home.

 Create a routine

It can be hard to stick to our normal schedules when we’re at home. For the next two weeks, try to stick to your usual routine as much as possible. For instance, if you are used to walking to class on campus, try taking a walk around the block before starting your schoolwork. Not only will this help you maintain your normal routine, but it can also help you get out of the house for a few moments each day.

 Talk to someone

While we remain physically distant from one another, it’s important to keep our social connections strong. Continue to reach out to your friends and classmates. Check in to see how they’re doing and make time to socialize over a phone call or video call. Remember that we are all experiencing the same things and you’re not alone in this.

Students can also schedule a free online session with a Peer Wellness Coach. Peer Wellness Coaching will encourage you to become more self-aware and self-accepting, identify and achieve meaningful personal, professional, and academic goals, try new things that bring you greater happiness, well-being, and success, consider what brings you a sense of satisfaction, purpose, and meaning and connect you to resources on campus.

If you or a friend is struggling, it’s okay to ask for help. Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers short term individual counseling and free virtual consultations for undergrad and grad students. Buffs commonly work with CAPS to address concerns about stress, sadness, worry, relationships, academic performance, family problems and financial struggles. You can make an appointment to meet with a counselor online through your MyCUHealth portal or check out e-Let’s Talk for a consultation.

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