Grounded Thoughts for Trying Times

By Algonquin College Modified on April 03, 2020

When uncertainty rules the world, it can help to remind yourself about kindness and connection.

A student manages her mental health with this advice from Algonquin College for challenging times.

As the world deals with the unprecedented global pandemic COVID-19, we are all feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and uncertain.

Here are some tips to deal with uncertainty as a student and to remind yourself to stay connected with others. Feel free to pass these tips along.

Know that everyone is worried right now, but not everyone will let it show. If you're someone who is feeling down, you should know that it's okay to not be okay and you are not alone.

Practice physical distancing, not social distancing

While social distancing is the term at hand, it refers to keeping space between us physically, not mentally. Now more than ever is the time to reach out to a friend by phone or via social. Check-in on your network, let them know when you need to talk. Sometimes it just helps to let it out. Even people who seem to be coping will still appreciate your offer to talk and have a few laughs. Helping others is also another good way to boost your own spirits.

Limit exposure to news

Our 24/7 news channels can be a great resource, but when you're stressed it helps to take a break from the bombardment. Try to limit your news intake to a handful of times a day rather than hitting refresh on your phone every few minutes. Also seek out other media that can help you take a needed mental break from the confusion. The time for cat videos is now.

Practice self-care

Listen to your favourite playlist, enjoy some yoga, watch an episode of your latest Netflix binge, or cook a healthy lunch. Whatever it might be, make time for the things that soothe your mind. It is essential for your mental health to take breaks and to do activities that make you smile.

Establish routines to gain a sense of control

Whether it's structuring your schoolwork with a to-do list or setting some rules for your day, creating a daily routine can give you a much needed sense of control. Try scheduling assignments for the time of day when you’re most focused (for many, that can be the morning when you’re fresh from sleep). Also schedule in breaks and social time. Even scheduling lunch and a video chat with a friend can help maintain some structure.

Hope these tips were helpful and remember that if you’re feeling overwhelmed but don’t know who to talk to, services such as crisis lines are created for the very purpose of helping out in times of need. For example, the Kids Help Phone.

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