As a student, this is a tough time to navigate being in college. We at CPS hope you’re able to stay safe and still find ways to connect with others and engage in meaningful activities. Right now, it’s important to remember there are lots of changes going on for both you and those with whom you may be living. During this new and confusing experience of social distancing, we have some simple encouragements that we hope will help.
- Adjusting to a new routine can require some extra time and emotional energy. These are adjustments that both you and others in your life are going to learn to make. Remaining flexible and patient will be important in this transition period.
- Set aside specific work times so there isn’t a question about when work should get done. Having that carved out beforehand can help make sure it doesn’t feel like there’s always something to do.
- Remember: do things that are fun! We know you may not be able to do some activities you typically enjoy because of the need to stay home, but we encourage you to get creative. You could attempt new hobbies or even restart old ones! In addition, give yourself the space and time to do things that are less demanding. For example, taking care of ourselves by watching a favorite show can help us relax or reading a new book.
- Stay in touch! We can all use technology to communicate. While you can’t physically spend time with friends, it doesn’t mean you can’t FaceTime, Snap, DM, call, text or connect with them through various other technology platforms.
- It’s normal to feel anxious right now. We encourage you to be mindful of your exposure to the news and its impact on you – take a break if you need to.
- Understand that this situation may make family and friends seem a little more concerned than usual. That’s because they probably are. This is common in times of crisis.
- Don’t shy away from talking about how this is impacting you. Process it with those with whom you feel comfortable.
For additional resources and information visit the Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services website at or call us at 740-593-1616.