Published: March 18, 2020

As the world works to stop the spread of COVID-19 and we practice physical distancing, we are all feeling impacted in some way. Students, faculty, and staff are all adjusting their routines to adapt to learning, teaching, and working remotely/online. You might feel scared of the unknown and wonder when things will return to “normal.” This is a time to remember that we are all in this together.

It’s a time to reach out to friends, family, and neighbors to make sure that they’re doing okay. It’s also a time to check in with yourself and make sure that you are taking care of yourself as well. It’s important to remember that everyone reacts differently in times of stress. Stress can sneak up on you by disrupting your sleep, appetite, and immune system.  

Learning, Teaching, and Working Remotely can be an Adjustment

While all CU Boulder students adjust to online learning, they may find Continuing Education’s 5 Tips for Success in Online Classes (at the bottom of the page) helpful.  

Staff may find it helpful to read these 8 Tips to Make Working From Home Work For You. 

OIT is offering Academic Technology Trainings for instructors as they work to transition into teaching remotely.   

OIT Technology Resources & Help

Ideas for Self-Care:  

  • Take breaks from consuming news. Constant intake of news about COVID-19 can be overwhelming. It’s important to stay informed, but make sure you are getting your updates from reliable sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Take care of your body in whatever way that means for you. It might mean stretching, downloading a fitness app, eating fruits and vegetables, or eating all of the Girl Scout Cookies you bought. This also might mean resting. Listen to your body and try to give it what it needs. 

  • Get PLENTY of sleep. During times of stress, your body needs more rest. 

  • Communicate your needs to the people you share a space with. Do you need a quiet environment to take or administer an online class? Do you need help with housework or projects? Try to talk it out and set boundaries.    

  • Connect with family and friends while you practice social distancing. Have fun using snapchat, sending photos, calling via FaceTime, and other platforms.  

  • Sticking with a routine can help you feel more in control. Set aside time for relaxing, working, schoolwork, studying, watching television, sleeping, etc.  

  • Prepare a meal and enjoy the time spent making it.  

  • Feel your emotions in a healthy way. It’s okay to have negative emotions and talk about them with a friend, family member, therapist, or journal. It’s also okay to feel in good spirits, or to feel differently each day. Take it one day at a time.    

  • Discover new apps, websites, books, and movies. It’s a good time to try out Disney+, Audible, and start watching all those TV shows that you haven’t had time to watch 

  • Try a new hobby like paint pouring, journaling, trying out a crepe recipe (super simple), learning a language with Duolingo, learning a TikTok dance routine, or learning to play an instrument.  

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) 

Speak up if you need additional help. CU Boulder’s Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) are offering services online and over the phone. Call 303-492-2277 and follow the instructions on the voicemail. Due to licensure laws, all students receiving CAPS services must be present in the state of Colorado at the time of their appointment. CAPS staff will work to provide support and connect students who are out of state with local resources.