Connect with friends and loved ones
You may find yourself spending significant time alone, or with a small group of the same people, for the remainder of the semester. It’s more important than ever to connect with those near and far. Check-in with friends and loved ones. Make technology your friend and try platforms like FaceTime, Duo, WhatsApp, Google Hangout, and so many more to nurture those important relationships. You might even try something new like Netflix Party, or use an old-standby like phone-calls. Some people might even want to send handwritten notes to those who feel far away. You get to decide how you want to approach this moment.
Check-in with your pets
Yep! You heard it here first. You can even connect with animals. Petting a dog or a cat has been proven to reduce stress levels and increase comfort.
Connect with the outdoors
Nature has many restorative properties - from reducing stress to facilitating physical activity, there is something for us all*. In fact, studies show that as little as 10 minutes sitting or walking in nature can have a profound impact on your mental health. Even if you can’t get outside, there are ways to stay connected to the natural world - live-streams, documentaries, social media, and more.
*At least for the foreseeable future, we encourage you to be mindful when you step outside, as even when outdoors it is important to maintain six-feet distance from others to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Connect with yourself
We encourage you to connect inwardly. Your relationship with yourself is important and vital to how you connect to the world. Take a moment to yourself. Ask your body what it needs at this time. We recognize for some this might prove to be a lot. You may realize you need more support and, at times like these, connecting with people you trust is essential. You can can also connect with the Counseling Center (301.314.7651) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1.800.273.8255). We are here for one another during this time.