COVID-19 and your Mental Health

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Today, in the time of COVID-19, we continue to adjust to major disruptions in our daily routines and lives. Although our individual circumstances are unique, we are collectively experiencing a loss of normalcy that requires each one of us to utilize our support systems and engage in personal coping mechanisms to help us manage and tolerate uncertainty. As we continue to persevere together through an unprecedented humanitarian and economic crisis, we will need to embrace supportive community and campus resources, virtual and social distance connection, and practice coping skills that can help lessen anxiety while we adapt to our new normal.

Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellness

  • During times of crisis, it is normal to experience a wave of emotions as a response to stress. Focus on what is certain, such as your personal values and what you are grateful for. Try writing down a gratitude list that includes three things you are grateful for each day.
  • Be solution oriented. Use your strengths by considering past challenging life experiences. How did you move through it and what helped? Remember that you are strong and resilient.
  • Mental health counseling can offer a great deal of support and connection during times of major adjustment and change. If interested in online counseling appointments, contact the UDM Wellness Center: bennetrn1@udmercy.edu
  • Detroit Mercy Personal Counselor, Erika Budson, LPC, is offering virtual guided meditations to help us connect to ourselves while we physically distance from others. Check out one of Erika’s meditations:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdxfDcw90Ms&feature=youtu.be
  • Mindfulness and meditation apps, such as Headspace and Insight Timer can also be a helpful resource to practice guided meditations to manage stress and combat sleep difficulties.

Physical Wellness helps Mental Wellness

  • Movement, physical exercise and deep breathing help the body regulate stress hormones. Short walks or even stretching can help us feel less fatigued and gain mental clarity. It is likely many of your favorite, local exercise studios are now offering online virtual classes, which can offer a source of accountability and connection.
  • Fitness apps can also be a great resource to track progress and goals.
  • Practice self-care! A balanced diet and consistent rest are protective health factors. Fuel your body with nutrients.

Action

  • Curate your news and social media experience by selecting content that keeps you informed, not panicked or helpless.
  • Acts of service and kindness can be beneficial for your own well-being. Reach out by phone to a family member or friend to check-in or if you have the means, donate to a local organization. Working together as a community can help create solidarity.

Contact Us

The University of Detroit Mercy Wellness Center is dedicated to providing the our campus community with ongoing care and treatment during both Spring and Summer semesters. Personal counselors are now offering confidential counseling services online! To work with a Detroit Mercy counselor, contact bennetrn1@udmercy.edu

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