Coping with emotional responses during COVID-19

Dear Detroit Mercy Community,

During times of uncertainty such as the outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), it is healthy to have an emotional reaction. Sudden changes in our lives can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Fortunately, most of our student body are young and healthy people.

To help navigate this time of transition and to manage emotional responses, we are providing action steps for your consideration:

Self-Care

  • It is important to stay and feel connected to loved ones, peers, and classmates. Even though social distancing is recommended to minimize the spread of the virus, you can continue to stay connected with phone calls, video chat apps, and social media.
  • Share your thoughts and feelings with others. It is helpful to talk about what is going on in our lives. When sharing it is helpful to identify what you are feeling and thinking.
  • It is important to stay well informed and to make sure you are fact-checking stories. Misinformation leads to unnecessary panic. Be careful with information spread through social media. For updates, here is a link to the Center for Disease Control (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html, and the university’s COVID update page: https://www.udmercy.edu/life/health/health-advisory.php
  • Similarly, it is also important to take breaks from media coverage. It is very healthy to turn off electronics and engage in other enjoyable activities.

Here is a great link to some science based strategies for coping with the coronavirus: https://theconversation.com/7-science-based-strategies-to-cope-with-coronavirus-anxiety-133207

Family Care: Being with family

By now many of you are used to living autonomously. As a result, there may be a bit of adjustment to being home with family for an extended period of time.

  • Communication with your family members is essential.
  • Discuss and develop a plan for living together.
  • In any relationship, it is important to express what you would like as well as listen to what the needs of others are.
  • Often, when negotiating we seek a compromise where everyone feels a little unsatisfied. Before compromising, try to seek a third solution that may satisfy everyone. If one is discovered, everyone is happy. If one isn’t, you can at least agree that good effort was made which is a great starting point when seeking a solution.

Finally, the Wellness Center is here to help. If you would like to have a more in-depth conversation about your strong emotions or managing this period of transition more effectively, please do not hesitate to contact the Wellness Center. You can make an appointment with us by calling 313-993-1459 or emailing bennetrn1@udmercy.edu

Be safe and stay well!

Best,
Dr. Silveri and the Wellness Center